I want to let you know about some important developments involving a couple of cases we're handling through our international affiliate, the European Centre for Law and Justice (ECLJ).
First, I want to report an important victory involving the defense of a Christian pastor in Burma living in the United Kingdom who was facing persecution and imprisonment if he was forced to return to his native Burma.
Rev. Shwekey Hoipang was outspoken about his faith and the Burmese government took harsh action - clamping down on his activities - eventually closing his church which was one of more than 100 churches shut down by the government.
We worked with local attorneys in the UK and secured a critical victory for Rev. Hoipang in the Immigration and Asylum court in the UK. Rev. Hoipang won't be forced to return to Burma where he would face severe punishment for his Christian beliefs. You can read more about this case here.
And, our ECLJ office in Pakistan is handling the tragic case of a Pakistani Christian who was murdered because of his political views. We are representing the family of Javed Masih - who was shot to death two years ago in a political dispute in the town where he lived.
The Christian leaders there have told our legal team that the government and local police authorites failed to hold accountable the assailants who were responsible for the death of Masih. In fact, Christian leaders have told us that the family of the victim is facing threats. Our legal team on the ground in Pakistan is working with the family and we will keep you posted on the outcome. You can read more about this case here.
As always, you can learn more about our work through the ECLJ at the website. We remain dedicated to our global work to protect the rights of Christians to proclaim their faith.