Pakistan: Religious Freedom:Written question - HL10630

Asked on: 15 October 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Pakistan: Religious Freedom
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 15 October, whether it is their assessment that rape; abduction; the burning alive of Christian parents, while their children were forced to watch; forced conversion; abduction leading to child marriage; and the imposition of capital punishment in the case of alleged blasphemy constitute persecution or discrimination.
Answered on: 29 October 2018

​The Geneva Refugee Convention (and protocol) do not contain an explicit definition of persecution. The acts referred to are capable of falling within a pattern of behaviour that could constitute persecution, depending on the intention behind them and the particular circumstances. Any assessment of whether persecution is happening in a particular case would need to be informed by a full assessment of all of the relevant circumstances.

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