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Pakistani human rights activist receives International Religious Freedom Award

Peter Jacob, a human rights activist and a Catholic layman from Pakistan, together with his NGO Center for Social Justice" (CSJ), received the International Religious Freedom Award from the U.S. Department of State Office of International Religious Freedom for his faithful efforts to help religious minorities in Pakistan.

He received the award on January 19, 2024. Jacob has more than 32 years of experience in the field of human and minority rights in the country.

He tirelessly advocates for religious freedom and the rights of marginalized religious communities.

Jacob is the executive director of CSJ in Lahore, Pakistan. CSJ's founders established the organization in October 2014. It brings together a special mix of seasoned experts in the fields of development and peacebuilding, law, human rights, and journalism.

The CSJ, committed to the defense of human rights, democratic development, and social justice, publishes annual reports based on documented data entitled "Human Rights Observer."

In Pakistan, CSJ conducts research and works as an advocate for issues of social justice, democratic advancement, and human rights for underrepresented communities.


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