Early day motion 2807

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That this House marks the first anniversary of the murder of Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistani Federal Minister for Minorities, on 2 March 2011; supports the international human rights of freedom of religion and freedom of speech in cases of accusations of blasphemy; notes that it is a violation of international human rights to imprison or put to death any person, such as Asia Bibi in Pakistan, for an alleged crime of blasphemy; further notes that Articles 18 and 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights acknowledge the rights of freedom of religion and freedom of speech; considers that recognition of a crime of blasphemy offends the basic human rights of freedom of religion and speech; believes that all governments have a duty to protect their citizens from violent religious extremists and, indeed, to protect their own officials who support freedom of religion, such as the assassinated Pakistani State Governor Salman Taseer and Federal Minister for Minorities Shahbaz Bhatti; urges that all persons imprisoned for blasphemy anywhere in the world be immediately released and protected from extremist retribution; further notes that the UK gives significant aid to nations such as Pakistan where many minority communities suffer injustice under the blasphemy laws; and calls on the Government to ensure that such aid is not used indiscriminately to perpetuate the resultant inequality, and in particular that it does not facilitate educational material and teaching that denigrates and slanders minority religions and communities.

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Name Party Constituency Date Signed
Bottomley, Peter Conservative Party Worthing West 01.03.2012
Brake, Tom Liberal Democrats Carshalton and Wallington 16.04.2012
Brazier, Julian Conservative Party Canterbury 22.03.2012
Bruce, Fiona Conservative Party Congleton 15.03.2012
Campbell, Ronnie Labour Party Blyth Valley 07.03.2012
Caton, Martin Labour Party Gower 06.03.2012
Corbyn, Jeremy Labour Party Islington North 06.03.2012
Dobbin, Jim Labour Party Heywood and Middleton 06.03.2012
Durkan, Mark Social Democratic and Labour Party Foyle 05.03.2012
Flynn, Paul Labour Party Newport West 06.03.2012
George, Andrew Liberal Democrats St Ives 07.03.2012
Hancock, Mike Liberal Democrats Portsmouth South 05.03.2012
Henderson, Gordon Conservative Party Sittingbourne and Sheppey 16.04.2012
Hermon, Lady INDEPENDENT North Down 20.03.2012
Leigh, Edward Conservative Party Gainsborough 20.03.2012
Lloyd, Tony Labour Party Manchester Central 13.03.2012
McDonnell, John Labour Party Hayes and Harlington 06.03.2012
Ritchie, Margaret Social Democratic and Labour Party South Down 07.03.2012
Russell, Bob Liberal Democrats Colchester 06.03.2012
Stephenson, Andrew Conservative Party Pendle 01.03.2012