Results 1–20 of 49 for blasphemy OR apostasy speaker:Jim Shannon

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?

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

Jim Shannon: Surely the cases that the hon. Lady has outlined show a failing in the police investigations. For the two people who were accused of blasphemy but could neither read nor write, why did it take so long for that to be sorted out? Surely the police investigation would have sorted it out right away.

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

Jim Shannon: I beg to move, That this House has considered blasphemy laws and allegations in Commonwealth Countries. I would first like to express an interest, as chair of the all-party parliamentary group for international freedom of religion or belief and as chair of the APPG for the Pakistani minorities. These issues are close to my heart, and it is a privilege to speak about them and to try to outline...

Strategy for International Development (6 Jul 2022)

Jim Shannon: ...hard to believe it was that far back—and it cannot be blamed on global warming. Nor can the 24-year term of imprisonment of the humanist Mubarak Bala, who posted on Facebook and was charged with blasphemy. As I said, when we look at FORB issues, we speak up for those with Christian belief, those with other belief and those with no belief. We do that because we believe, as I clearly do,...

Freedom of Religion or Belief: International Conference — [Steve McCabe in the Chair] (28 Jun 2022)

Jim Shannon: ...treatment of the Uyghurs? We all deplore that; we can never understand how anyone can hate somebody so much. Will the UK use its relationship with Commonwealth countries to put an end to harmful blasphemy laws that are still in place? I am ever mindful that those countries make the decision, but blasphemy laws are used in a malicious, vindictive and clearly secular way against some people....

Business of the House (19 May 2022)

Jim Shannon: ...time, we debated the arrest of Cardinal Zen and the other trustees of the 612 Humanitarian Relief Fund in Hong Kong. A Nigerian student, Deborah Samuel, was murdered after being accused falsely of blasphemy in Nigeria. Deborah’s life was cruelly taken away far too early. My thoughts and prayers, and those of many in this House, are with Deborah Samuel’s family. Will the Leader of the...

Business of the House (27 Jan 2022)

Jim Shannon: It is always a pleasure to ask a question of the Leader of the House. Last week, Aneeqa Ateeq was found guilty of blasphemy and given a death sentence by a court in Lahore after sharing a message on social media. Aneeqa is one of 80 people imprisoned in Pakistan under blasphemy charges. Will the Leader of the House provide a statement on Her Majesty’s Government’s efforts to tackle...

Backbench Business: Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme — [Rushanara Ali in the Chair] (6 Jan 2022)

Jim Shannon: ...International’s report lists a litany of attacks against many religious minorities. Owing to the Taliban’s interpretation of sharia law, they consider conversion from Islam to another religion apostasy, and do not hesitate to punish such a decision by death. Afghan Christians, Ahmadi Muslims, Baha’is and those of no religious belief are all unable to express their faiths or beliefs...

Business of the House (16 Dec 2021)

Jim Shannon: ...many of those who are in desperate need of refuge simply cannot access these pathways. For example, Pakistani Christian Sawan Masih is in hiding with his family in Pakistan after being accused of blasphemy. As we approach Christmas, will the Leader of the House issue a statement of support for those Christians around the world who cannot celebrate without fear of persecution and join me...

Backbench Business - Freedom of Religion or Belief: 40th Anniversary of UN DeclarationBackbench Business (25 Nov 2021)

Jim Shannon: ...and other ethnic minority girls—are subject to sexual violence and, indeed, forced marriage. I also want to highlight the issue of 41-year-old Pakistani Christian Sawan Masih. He was charged with blasphemy, which the hon. Member for Wycombe (Mr Baker) referred to. After a court case, he was released, but he had to go into hiding as a result of what happened. Again, that highlights what...

Covid-19: Religious and Ethnic Minority Communities — [Sir Christopher Chope in the Chair] (22 Jun 2021)

Jim Shannon: ...’s action to stop what was happening with Muslim cremations in Sri Lanka. That was also good news. He always speaks up for the Baha’is, which is very important. We discussed Pakistan’s blasphemy laws and at how they are being used in a malicious and misinformed way against Christians and those of other religious beliefs. I very much welcome the fact that the UK is a champion of human...

Covid-19: Religious and Ethnic Minority Communities — [Sir Christopher Chope in the Chair] (22 Jun 2021)

Jim Shannon: ...Pakistan in particular, one of the things that I have a great concern about—I know that my hon. Friend the Member for Beaconsfield (Joy Morrissey) has the same concern—is the misuse of the blasphemy laws. I am ever mindful that we are not in the business of telling countries what they should do with the law of their land, but we want to raise awareness that the blasphemy laws are...


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