7- Denial of Assembly

Denial of Assembly


The right to assemble peacefully in community interest is a basic human right. In Pakistan, this right is available to most, even if the get-together is disruptive and not peaceful. On the other hand, Ahmadis have been denied the right to assemble peacefully, since 1984. The traditional annual Ahmadiyya conferences have not been allowed in Rabwah for more than quarter of a century, while the mullas are permitted and facilitated by the authorities to hold many provocative conferences every year in this Ahmadiyya town. The state expanded its charter of tyranny to include assembly for sports, celebrations, youth festivals, women’s reunion, etc. In protest, Ahmadis appealed to high judiciary, but the judges found it more agreeable to uphold the unjust official orders rather than support the human rights of the victims.