Pakistan: Religious Freedom:Written question - 835

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Asked by Paul Flynn
(Newport West)
Asked on: 02 June 2015
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Pakistan: Religious Freedom
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the government of Pakistan on the issue of religious freedom (a) in relation to the case of Asia Bibi and (b) in general.
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Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 08 June 2015

We remain concerned about the case of Asia Bibi and the court’s decision to uphold the imposition of the death penalty for blasphemy. We hope the verdict will be overturned at the next appeal. On 28 October 2014, I raised our concerns on Ms Bibi’s case with the Pakistan High Commissioner. On 5 December 2014 the Prime Minister, my right hon. Friend the Member for Witney (Mr Cameron) stressed our concerns about Pakistan’s blasphemy law with Prime Minister Sharif. The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Runnymede and Weybridge (Mr Hammond), discussed Pakistan’s misuse of the blasphemy laws with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in November 2014.

We continue to urge the Government of Pakistan to protect the human rights of all its citizens as laid down in the Constitution and in accordance with international standards.

Our concerns about religious freedom in Pakistan are documented in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s annual Human Rights report and quarterly updates.

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