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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date remove maximum value filtermore like thismore than 2019-06-10
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Department for International Development more like this
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star this property answering dept short name International Development more like this
star this property answering dept sort name International Development more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Pakistan: Religious Freedom remove filter
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that modules which promote freedom of religion or belief and religious tolerance are included in all future Department for International Development capacity building programmes in Pakistan. more like this
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Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
star this property uin HL16182 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-06-19more like thismore than 2019-06-19
star this property answer text <p>All DFID programmes in Pakistan, including capacity building programmes, support the poorest and most excluded people and communities regardless of race, religion, social background or nationality. The promotion of Freedom of Religious belief and religious tolerance is an important aspect of this approach. Since 2010, DFID’s skills Development Programme has trained over 332,000 poor and vulnerable people to improve their employment prospects, including people from religious minorities. We regularly raise the importance of religious tolerance at senior levels with the Government of Pakistan.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Sugg more like this
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less than 2019-06-19T11:28:36.977Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-19T11:28:36.977Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Sugg more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
1127987
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star this property date less than 2019-05-21more like thismore than 2019-05-21
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Pakistan: Religious Freedom remove filter
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Members of the European Parliament Religious Minorities in Pakistan, published on 13 May, which states that the situation of Pakistan’s minorities is worsening; and whether they intend to raise the contents of that report with the government of Pakistan. more like this
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Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
star this property uin HL15872 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-06-04more like thismore than 2019-06-04
star this property answer text <p>We are aware of the report on Religious Minorities in Pakistan which was published on 13 May by Members of the European Parliament.</p><p>The British Government regularly raises its concerns about discrimination against minority communities with the Pakistani Government at a senior level. I raised our concerns about Freedom of Religion or Belief and the protection of minority religious communities with Pakistan's Human Rights Minister, Dr Shireen Mazari, during my visit to Islamabad in February.</p><p>At the UN Periodic Review of Pakistan's human rights record in November 2017, the UK called on Pakistan to strengthen protection of minorities and establish an independent National Commission for Minorities. The Government will continue to urge Pakistan to honour in practice its human rights obligations, including those related to religious minorities, and to uphold the rule of law.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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less than 2019-06-04T13:43:34.077Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-04T13:43:34.077Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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738
star this property label Biography information for Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
1127410
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-05-20more like thismore than 2019-05-20
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Pakistan: Religious Freedom remove filter
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Pakistan about kidnappings and forced conversions of under-age girls who are members of a religious minority; and what were the outcomes of any such representations. more like this
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Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
star this property uin HL15821 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-06-04more like thismore than 2019-06-04
star this property answer text <p>The Government is concerned about the case of Sheeza Riasat. The Government strongly condemns the forced marriage and forced conversion of women and girls from religious minorities in Pakistan.</p><p>We welcome the recent decision by the Pakistan Senate to pass the Child Marriage Restraint (Amendment) Bill 2019. The Bill was recently introduced to the National Assembly.</p><p>The UK regularly raises concerns about the protection of vulnerable groups, including religious minorities, women and children, with the Pakistani Government. Officials at the British High Commission in Islamabad have raised the issue of forced marriage with the National Commission for Human Rights.</p><p>During my visit to Pakistan on 18 and 19 February, I met faith leaders to discuss issues faced by religious minorities, including the issue of forced marriage. I also raised our concerns about child protection, the treatment of minority communities and the issue of forced marriage with Pakistan's Federal Minister for Human Rights, Dr Shireen Mazari, during the same visit.</p><p>We will continue to urge the Government of Pakistan to take the steps necessary to comply in full with its human rights obligations to vulnerable groups, including religious minorities and women and girls, and to uphold the rule of law.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
star this property grouped question UIN HL15820 more like this
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less than 2019-06-04T12:56:58.767Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-04T12:56:58.767Z
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4210
star this property label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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738
star this property label Biography information for Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
1127411
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star this property date less than 2019-05-20more like thismore than 2019-05-20
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Pakistan: Religious Freedom remove filter
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of Pakistani girls, who are members of a religious minority, being removed from schools by their parents as a result of the number of abductions and forced conversions on the literacy rate of girls in Pakistan; and what steps they intend to take to help resolve this problem. more like this
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Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
star this property uin HL15822 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-06-04more like thismore than 2019-06-04
star this property answer text <p>​Education is an integral part of the UK's approach to improving human rights. The education of girls continues to be a priority for UK development assistance in Pakistan. Under the Punjab Education Sector Programme, we are working with a local partner organisation to reintegrate young and adolescent girls who have left school prematurely back into mainstream schools or vocational education. Within less than a year, over 4000 girls have benefitted from this intervention so far.</p><p>The British Government supports other programmes designed to improve human rights and opportunities for women, religious minorities and marginalised groups. For example, the Department for International Development's AAWAZ II programme works with communities to promote rights of children, women, youth and religious minorities, protect them from exploitation, and prevent discrimination and intolerance. It also funds interventions in support of ending child marriage.</p><p>During my visit to Pakistan in February, I raised our concerns about child protection, the treatment of minority communities and the issue of forced marriage with Pakistan's Federal Minister for Human Rights, Dr Shireen Mazari.</p><p>We will continue to urge the Government of Pakistan to take the steps necessary to comply in full with its human rights obligations to vulnerable groups, including religious minorities and women and girls.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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less than 2019-06-04T13:02:16.647Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-04T13:02:16.647Z
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4210
star this property label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
1126302
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star this property date less than 2019-05-13more like thismore than 2019-05-13
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Pakistan: Religious Freedom remove filter
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support the government of Pakistan to continue to uphold  the right to freedom of religion or belief in that country. more like this
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The Lord Bishop of Coventry more like this
star this property uin HL15662 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-05-23more like thismore than 2019-05-23
star this property answer text <p>​The UK has a long history of supporting Freedom of Religion or Belief for all people. We stand up for everyone's right to practise or not practise a religion that is in line with their conscience, wherever they are in the world.</p><p>We regularly raise our concerns about Freedom of Religion or Belief with the Government of Pakistan at a senior level. I raised the treatment of religious minority communities with Pakistan's Federal Minister for Human Rights, Dr Shireen Mazari, during my visit to Islamabad in February, and in subsequent telephone calls.</p><p>Under the Government's Magna Carta Fund for Human Rights and Democracy, the UK has supported projects in Pakistan to promote greater tolerance and religious freedom. In November 2018, the Government announced a new £12 million fund to bolster the work of civil society and Non-Governmental Organisations to promote respect, and the value of religious diversity and tolerance.</p><p>On 30 January 2019, the Foreign Secretary and the Rt Revd Philip Mounstephen, Bishop of Truro, launched an Independent Review of Foreign and Commonwealth Office support for persecuted Christians overseas. The Bishop submitted his interim report on 3 May; he will submit his final report in the summer.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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less than 2019-05-23T12:58:58.803Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-23T12:58:58.803Z
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4210
star this property label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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star this property label Biography information for The Lord Bishop of Coventry more like this
1059612
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star this property date less than 2019-02-12more like thismore than 2019-02-12
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Department for International Development more like this
star this property answering dept id 20 more like this
star this property answering dept short name International Development more like this
star this property answering dept sort name International Development more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Pakistan: Religious Freedom remove filter
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 12 February (HL13192), whether they will now answer the question put. more like this
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Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
star this property uin HL13635 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-02-26more like thismore than 2019-02-26
star this property answer text <p>We have regular discussions about the importance of religious freedom and inclusion in all aspects of public policy, including employment, but we have not specifically raised the issue of the advertisements.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>We are not aware of any cases of discrimination on the grounds of religion linked with programmes supported by DFID to create employment, including in the public sector. Our Partnership Agreement with the Government of Pakistan makes clear that commitment to human rights (including minority and religious rights) is vital and discrimination in the delivery of UK aid is not acceptable. Compliance with this and other key Partnership Principles is reviewed on an annual basis.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>As mentioned in the previous answer, DFID Pakistan’s Skills Development Programme will provide 330,000 poor and vulnerable people, including those from minority communities, with technical and vocational training to improve their employment prospects.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Bates more like this
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less than 2019-02-26T17:20:33.893Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-26T17:20:33.893Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Bates more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
1050765
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star this property date less than 2019-01-29more like thismore than 2019-01-29
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Department for International Development more like this
star this property answering dept id 20 more like this
star this property answering dept short name International Development more like this
star this property answering dept sort name International Development more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Pakistan: Religious Freedom remove filter
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Pakistan about employment discrimination, with particular regard to advertisements published by that government which reserve low level jobs, such as street sweeping, for religious minorities; whether UK aid supports employment opportunities in the public sector closed to religious minorities; and whether they support programmes which help illiterate members of religious minorities in that country to improve their employment prospects. more like this
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Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
star this property uin HL13192 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-02-12more like thismore than 2019-02-12
star this property answer text <p>Our aid relationship with any government is based on an assessment of their commitment to our Partnership Principles, including to promote and safeguard human rights. Our development assistance targets the poor, regardless of race, religion, social background or nationality. We promote the Partnership Principles in our dealings with the Pakistan Government, and this extends to economic development and employment. The Partnership Principles Assessment (PPA) is regularly discussed with the Economic Affairs Division, Government of Pakistan, at the federal level and we discussed it formally last year at the Bilateral Assistance Talks in March. We also have specific programmes to help the poorest become more equipped for work. DFID Pakistan’s Skills Development Programme will provide 330,000 poor and vulnerable people, including those from minority communities, with technical and vocational training to improve their employment prospects.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>DFID and the FCO continue to raise the issue of human rights of minorities at the highest levels of Government, including in our annual Bilateral Assistance Talks, advocating greater tolerance and action against abuses when they occur.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Bates more like this
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less than 2019-02-12T16:05:51.807Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-12T16:05:51.807Z
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1091
star this property label Biography information for Lord Bates more like this
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1019259
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star this property date less than 2018-12-03more like thismore than 2018-12-03
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Department for International Development more like this
star this property answering dept id 20 more like this
star this property answering dept short name International Development more like this
star this property answering dept sort name International Development more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Pakistan: Religious Freedom remove filter
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 27 November (HL11515), what the AAWAZ Voice and Accountability Programme has achieved in Pakistan; how much that programme has cost; what assessment they have made of whether discrimination against religious minorities in Pakistan is decreasing. more like this
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Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
star this property uin HL11948 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-12-17more like thismore than 2018-12-17
star this property answer text <p>The AAWAZ Voice and Accountability Programme was a successful six-year, £39.1m programme which ended in May 2018. It reached over 8m people to increase the voice, choice and control of poor and excluded people in Pakistan. It included a focus on women and minorities to promote tolerance and inclusion. Beneficiary feedback from people who participated in interventions suggested a shift in attitudes towards minorities. Programme reports with results and assessments are available on DFID’s development tracker website.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Bates more like this
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less than 2018-12-17T16:00:42.287Zmore like thismore than 2018-12-17T16:00:42.287Z
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1091
star this property label Biography information for Lord Bates more like this
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738
star this property label Biography information for Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
1010109
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star this property date less than 2018-11-19more like thismore than 2018-11-19
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Pakistan: Religious Freedom remove filter
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the state of freedom of religion or belief in Pakistan. more like this
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The Lord Bishop of Coventry more like this
star this property uin HL11556 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-12-03more like thismore than 2018-12-03
star this property answer text <p>We remain deeply concerned about restrictions on freedom of religion or belief in Pakistan. The British Government strongly condemns the persecution of all minorities, including the targeting of innocent people based on their beliefs. Pakistan is one of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's (FCO) human rights priority countries, as set out in the FCO's 2017 Annual Human Rights and Democracy Report available at the gov.uk website.</p><p>We regularly raise the issues of freedom of religion and belief and the protection of minority religious communities, with the Pakistan government at a senior level. When the Prime Minister spoke to Prime Minister Imran Khan in August, she highlighted the importance of Pakistan delivering on its commitments to strengthen institutions responsible for upholding the rule of law, and to advance the rights of minorities. I raised our concerns about Freedom of Religion or Belief and the protection of minority religious communities with Pakistan's Human Rights Minister, Dr Shireen Mazari, in September 2018.</p><p>Under the Magna Carta Fund for Human Rights and Democracy, the British Government has supported projects in Pakistan to promote greater tolerance and religious freedom.</p><p>The UK raised concerns about Freedom of Religion or Belief at Pakistan's UN Universal Periodic Review of human rights in November 2017. We pressed Pakistan to strengthen the protection of minorities, including by establishing an independent National Commission for Minorities from all faith communities.</p><p>We continue to urge Pakistan to take the steps necessary to comply in full with its human rights obligations, including engaging with the UN and other international bodies, and to ensure that the rights of minorities are respected.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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less than 2018-12-03T13:51:20.967Zmore like thismore than 2018-12-03T13:51:20.967Z
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4210
star this property label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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4266
star this property label Biography information for The Lord Bishop of Coventry more like this
1010110
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-11-19more like thismore than 2018-11-19
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Pakistan: Religious Freedom remove filter
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to (1) support religious pluralism, and (2) promote freedom of religion or belief, in Pakistan. more like this
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The Lord Bishop of Coventry more like this
star this property uin HL11557 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-12-03more like thismore than 2018-12-03
star this property answer text <p>We remain deeply concerned about restrictions on freedom of religion or belief in Pakistan. The British Government strongly condemns the persecution of all minorities, including the targeting of innocent people based on their beliefs. Pakistan is one of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's (FCO) human rights priority countries, as set out in the FCO 2017 Annual Human Rights and Democracy Report available at the gov.uk website.</p><p>We regularly raise the issues of freedom of religion and belief and the protection of minority religious communities, with the Pakistan government at a senior level. When the Prime Minister spoke to Prime Minister Imran Khan in August, she highlighted the importance of Pakistan delivering on its commitments to strengthen institutions responsible for upholding the rule of law, and to advance the rights of minorities. I raised our concerns about Freedom of Religion or Belief and the protection of minority religious communities with Pakistan's Human Rights Minister, Dr Shireen Mazari, in September 2018.</p><p>Under the Magna Carta Fund for Human Rights and Democracy, the British Government has supported projects in Pakistan to promote greater tolerance and religious freedom.</p><p>The UK raised concerns about Freedom of Religion or Belief at Pakistan's UN Universal Periodic Review of human rights in November 2017. We pressed Pakistan to strengthen the protection of minorities, including by establishing an independent National Commission for Minorities from all faith communities.</p><p>We continue to urge Pakistan to take the steps necessary to comply in full with its human rights obligations, including engaging with the UN and other international bodies, and to ensure that the rights of minorities are respected.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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less than 2018-12-03T13:52:23.2Zmore like thismore than 2018-12-03T13:52:23.2Z
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4210
star this property label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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star this property label Biography information for The Lord Bishop of Coventry more like this