Centre for Legal Aid, Assistance and Settlement (CLAAS) is a Christian charity dedicated to helping persecuted Christians in Pakistan.
Since 1998, CLAAS workers, lawyers, volunteers and supporters have championed the cause of the persecuted Christians and other minorities in Pakistan and have helped thousands of poor and traumatised victims of religious persecution.
CLAAS’ ministry is based on Proverbs: 31:8-9
“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who aredestitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.”
(The Bible, Proverbs 31:8-9)
CLAAS’ mission is to help persecuted Christians in Pakistan in practical ways and to campaign for the abolishment of unjust religious laws that ruin people’s lives.
Since 1998 our story has become the story of hundreds of persecuted Christians like Tahir Iqbal who converted to Christianity and was murdered in jail because of his faith.
Our story is the story of Samuel Masih, who was accused under the Blasphemy law and was killed by the police guard who was supposed to look after him in hospital. When investigated the Muslim policeman said that his religious duty to kill a blasphemer was more important than his role as a policeman.
Our story is the story of hundreds of young girls like Hina, a 14 years old girl from Sialkot (Punjab),who are being forced into marriages with Muslim men. Or, of young women like Chanda from Lahore who are beaten up and abused sexually because of their Christian faith.
Our story is the story of hundreds of families who have been displaced and are living in fear and poverty because a loved one was accused of blasphemy and the whole family had to leave the village or the town.
Our story is the story of churches that have been burnt up and destroyed, of pastors and priests who have been sent to prison or even killed.
Our story is the story of thousands of friends like you in the UK, Europe and other parts of the world who care for the persecuted Christians in Pakistan, who give generously, who pray and who campaign with us for the abolishment of the unjust blasphemy laws.
I hope that our story will become your story too as you join us on a journey of healing the wounds of those who are hurt unjustly, of providing shelter, a roof over their heads and giving them hope by taking their plight to the Pakistani government and other international bodies.
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