Faraz Pervaiz, a Christian refugee who escaped to Bangkok, Thailand, from Pakistan after being accused of blasphemy, says that his continued attempts to obtain asylum have been denied repeatedly. Furthermore, he claims he was attacked by at least one Muslim several weeks ago because of the blasphemy charges against him.
Pervaiz tells Charisma News that on Dec. 23, he was attacked while shopping at a local Indian shop. He says a Muslim refugee assaulted him, “declaring that I needed to die because I was blasphemous. With the assistance of the Indian shopkeeper, I was able to escape.”
Pervaiz shared with Charisma News a copy of a medical certification showing he had been examined and treated on Christmas Day with a diagnosis of an “abrasion wound and contussion [sic] due to body assault.”
This attack is one of many attempts in which radical Muslims have targeted Pervaiz’s family, he says.
Pervaiz, coordinator of The Refuge of David Mission Asia, has been requesting asylum since July 2019, when a woman named Saira Ismail ousted his address in a viral video and called on fellow Muslims to go to Bangkok to kill him.
After receiving death threats over the phone, Pervaiz says, he and his family moved to a secret location.
He has repeatedly requested refugee status with the UNHCR office in Bangkok but with no success.
The Pervaiz family originally fled from Pakistan after riots broke out and people began calling for Faraz Pervaiz’s death because he spoke out against Islamic ideology in 2013 through his YouTube vlog. He says that during that time, an increased number of bloggers were disappearing after speaking critically of Pakistan and Islam. Several videos were released calling for Pervaiz’s murder.
Pervaiz fled the country in 2014 and took refuge in Bangkok, but his safety was once again put in jeopardy in when Ismail released her video and revealed Pervaiz’s location.
“As an asylum seeker trying to reopen my case with the UNHCR in Bangkok I am afforded no protection,” Pervaiz tells Charisma News. “My family is limited to what protections we can receive in Thailand, and as some of our family members have already been arrested and detained for overstaying their visas, we have a very reasonable fear of seeking protection which could then result in other family members being detained. While the UNHCR is aware of our case and threats against us, we are far more vulnerable because we have not been approved for refugee status.”
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SOURCE: Charisma News, Jenny Rose Spaudo