Results 1–20 of 62 for blasphemy OR apostasy speaker:Jim Shannon

Freedom of Religion and Belief in Nigeria — [Ian Paisley in the Chair] ( 6 Feb 2024)

Jim Shannon: ...Nigerian states. It discriminates against those who are of a Christian belief. Even though it is not in the constitution, it has been introduced and some people have borne the brunt of the law on blasphemy, including through attacks and judges being influenced. Perhaps the Minister can address that issue, because the constitution says that all religions are equal, but there is something...

Freedom of Religion and Belief in Nigeria — [Ian Paisley in the Chair] ( 6 Feb 2024)

Jim Shannon: ...elsewhere as well. In terms of FORB, even the judiciary are an area of concern—I have to underline this issue. In the past year, a sharia court sentenced Sheikh Abduljabbar Kabara to death for blasphemy, which is contrary to the constitution of Nigeria, as a sharia court should not have the power to do so. Other judicial authorities sentenced humanist leader Mubarak Bala to 24 years in...

Religious Persecution and the World Watch List — [Valerie Vaz in the Chair] (25 Jan 2024)

Jim Shannon: ...or belief is suffered not only by Christians, but by other religious minorities. Pakistani religious minorities face serious persecution, including forced conversions, child marriage, the abuse of blasphemy laws, exclusion from education, limited employment, hate speech and incitement to violence. All these things happen against Christians and other religious and ethnic minorities in both...

Freedom of Religion and Belief — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (19 Sep 2023)

Jim Shannon: .... One young girl, Chanda Maharaj, was 15 when she was kidnapped. What happened to Chanda is unimaginable. Will the Minister join me in condemning such brutal and unjust governance? Some 57 blasphemy cases have been registered—more than in the previous year—and some 79 people have been murdered in the name of blasphemy laws. The attacks on Ahmadiyya Muslims have been well publicised in...

Business of the House ( 7 Sep 2023)

Jim Shannon: ...in just one day. In July, two Hindu temples and a shrine were destroyed in Karachi over a weekend. Pakistan is experiencing a surge of violence towards religious minorities, fuelled by a rise in blasphemy allegations. Will the Leader of the House join me in requesting a statement on those cases and recommend ways in which the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office can increase...

Ahmadi Muslims: Pakistan ( 6 Sep 2023)

Jim Shannon: ...all three parts of her constituency. We had a good presentation, we were well received and we learned a lot. There has been a surge in the prosecution faced by Ahmadi Muslims, alongside a spike in blasphemy allegations that disproportionately impacts such communities. Since February, the situation has deteriorated. Only this Monday, masked men used sledgehammers to damage the minarets on...

Business of the House (15 Jun 2023)

Jim Shannon: ...but will she join me in condemning the arrest and disappearance of 17 Baha’is by Houthi gunmen in Yemen on 25 May, and call for their immediate release? Those individuals have been charged with apostasy and with being spies for Israel. All of that is untrue, but those charges could carry a death penalty under Yemeni law.

Religious Minorities in Nigeria — [Caroline Nokes in the Chair] (18 Apr 2023)

Jim Shannon: ...in particular, who do not have anyone to speak for them. He rightly highlighted that while we could worship with freedom and liberty at Eastertime, others were unable to do so. He also commented on blasphemy laws. My friend, the hon. Member for Vauxhall (Florence Eshalomi), made a significant contribution. She also referred to celebrating Easter, where religious belief is important to us,...

Religious Minorities in Nigeria — [Caroline Nokes in the Chair] (18 Apr 2023)

Jim Shannon: ...I want to put that on record. I will come to the horrific case raised by the right hon. Member for Chipping Barnet (Theresa Villiers). On 12 May, Deborah Samuel was murdered by her classmates for blasphemy following a message on WhatsApp. She had passed her exams at Shehu Shagari College of Education in Wamako, Sokoto state, and she posted a voice message in a group WhatsApp saying:...

Religious Minorities in Nigeria — [Caroline Nokes in the Chair] (18 Apr 2023)

Jim Shannon: ...violence in Nigeria that targets people for their faith. Often, those who are targeted are women and children, with killings and sexual violence used to prevent that community having a future. Blasphemy allegations are often used as an excuse to justify violence or silence voices from minority communities. The brutality of the case illustrates the appalling violence that these communities...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Iran: Capital Punishment and Religious Freedom ( 7 Mar 2023)

Jim Shannon: ...ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will make representations to his counterparts in Iran to (a) press for an end to the death penalty for charges of blasphemy and (b) support greater freedom of religion and belief in that country.

Backbench Business: Human Rights and Religious Minorities: Sudan — [Sir Robert Syms in the Chair] (23 Feb 2023)

Jim Shannon: ...Omar al-Bashir had just been overthrown, and a transitional Government had a mandate to establish democratic elections. The country’s new constitution enshrined freedom of religion or belief, the apostasy law was repealed and many closed churches were allowed to open. It looked like we had turned a corner and things were going to get better. In fact, the changes were significant enough...

Backbench Business: Human Rights and Religious Minorities: Sudan — [Sir Robert Syms in the Chair] (23 Feb 2023)

Jim Shannon: ...and a prominent message that women should not challenge traditional roles by leaving their homes to go to school or work. Women are second-class citizens. There has been a resurgence in the use of apostasy laws. Despite the transitional Government having repealed Sudan’s apostasy laws, they are now being used to target Christians who have converted from Islam. For example, in July 2022...

Iran (12 Jan 2023)

Jim Shannon: ...stifle those who dissent from the Iranian regime, or from the majority-held belief of Islam and Iran’s interpretation of it. Iranian law considers acts such as “insulting the Prophet” or “apostasy” to be crimes punishable by death. Such grounds for the death penalty pose a clear threat to the free exercise of article 18 of the United Nations’ universal declaration of human...

Backbench Business: Persecution of Christians — [Dame Maria Miller in the Chair] (17 Nov 2022)

Jim Shannon: ...a serious problem in Pakistan, with some reports listing it as one of the worst offenders worldwide. When we were in Pakistan back in 2018, we had discussions with the high commissioner about the blasphemy law, which I will comment on later. We chose to adopt a certain attitude on that visit to Pakistan, because we thought that if we condemned the blasphemy law outright, we probably would...

Algeria: 60th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations (16 Nov 2022)

Jim Shannon: ...this respectfully—ongoing concerns about the treatment of minority religions in Algeria, one of which is Christianity, as I know he understands well. Christians are vulnerable to prosecution for blasphemy and there has been a systematic closing of 13 Protestant churches. Does he therefore agree that to maintain our diplomatic relations, the Algerian Government need to make religious...

Sri Lanka ( 9 Nov 2022)

Jim Shannon: ...these laws to unfairly target minorities and critics of the Government. The former UN special rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief has noted that, far from protecting religious communities, blasphemy allegations have “ironically become a repressive tool used for curtailing freedom of thought or opinion, conscience, and religion or belief.” It is always worrying whenever...

Blasphemy Laws and Allegations: Commonwealth Countries — [Sir Charles Walker in the Chair] (11 Oct 2022)

Jim Shannon: ...were represented—that tells us a lot about reaching out and grasping the importance of this. She referred to many cases in Nigeria and Pakistan, where it is not going according to plan and blasphemy laws have been used in a very adversarial manner. The hon. Member for Argyll and Bute (Brendan O’Hara) is a dear friend of mine and we speak on these issues all the time. He underlined how...

Blasphemy Laws and Allegations: Commonwealth Countries — [Sir Charles Walker in the Chair] (11 Oct 2022)

Jim Shannon: I thank the Minister for her strong response on blasphemy laws, which I expected. In relation to wee Deborah Samuel, there is a strong evidential base—it is available in some media, and many people have it. Has it been reinforced to the Nigerian Government that that evidential base, which we believe to be emphatic, could be used to try people not just for some minor crimes, but for murder?

Blasphemy Laws and Allegations: Commonwealth Countries — [Sir Charles Walker in the Chair] (11 Oct 2022)

Jim Shannon: One of the problems, which the hon. Gentleman clearly referred to, is the fact that lawyers and even judges are often frightened to accept blasphemy cases. At the highest level of the law of the land, people are afraid. Does he agree?


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