Results 1–20 of 200 for misuse of blasphemy

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Pakistan: Blasphemy (15 Jul 2019)

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: We continue to monitor the case of Shagufta Kauser and her husband Shafqat Emmanuel who were sentenced to death in April 2014. We understand that Shagufta Kauser is of the Christian faith and we are aware of media reports stating that she and her husband are both illiterate. We regularly raise our concerns about the misuse of the blasphemy laws with the government of Pakistan at a senior...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Pakistan: Blasphemy (8 Jul 2019)

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: ​We regularly raise our concerns about the misuse of the blasphemy laws 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 Federal Minister for Human Rights, Dr Shireen Mazari, during my visit to Islamabad in February 2019. At the UN Universal Periodic Review of...

Business of the House (13 Jun 2019)

Mel Stride: ...raising this extremely important matter. We welcome reports that Asia Bibi has been able to travel freely and can now make decisions about her future. We are very concerned about the persecution of members of all religious minorities and the misuse of the blasphemy law, which is why in December, the Foreign Secretary announced an independent review of Foreign and Commonwealth Office...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Pakistan: Christianity (13 Jun 2019)

Mark Field: It is the British Government's longstanding policy to oppose the death penalty in all circumstances and in all countries. In Pakistan, we remain deeply concerned by the misuse of blasphemy laws, and that religious minorities, including Christians, are disproportionately affected. The harsh penalties for blasphemy, including the death penalty, add to these concerns. We regularly raise our...

Pakistan: Aid for Persecuted Minorities - Question (6 Jun 2019)

Baroness Sugg: I pay tribute to the noble Lord’s long-standing involvement in this important issue. We remain deeply concerned by the misuse of blasphemy laws and the treatment of minority religious communities in Pakistan. We regularly raise these concerns with the Government of Pakistan at a senior level. I share the noble Lord’s desire to ensure that our international aid funding reaches those who...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Pakistan: Blasphemy (22 May 2019)

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: ​We are aware and are monitoring the case of Shagufta Kausar and her husband Shafqat Emmanuel. We remain deeply concerned about reports of discrimination against the Christian community and other religious minorities in Pakistan. We regularly raise our concerns about the misuse of the blasphemy laws with the government of Pakistan at a senior level. I raised our concerns about Freedom of...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Pakistan: Christianity (8 Mar 2019)

Mark Field: It is the British Government's longstanding policy to oppose the death penalty in all circumstances and in all countries. We remain deeply concerned by the misuse of the blasphemy laws and the treatment of minority religious communities, including Christians, in Pakistan. We regularly raise our human rights concerns with the Government of Pakistan at a senior level. Most recently my colleague...

Written Answers — Home Office: Asia Bibi (13 Feb 2019)

Baroness Williams of Trafford: As the Prime Minister set out on 14 November, the release of Asia Bibi will be very welcome news to her family and to all those who have campaigned in Pakistan and around the world for her release. We welcome the assurances the Government of Pakistan has given on keeping her and her family safe, and it is important that all countries seek to uphold the rule of law and afford security and...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Pervaiz Masih (7 Feb 2019)

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: We are concerned by the distressing reports surrounding the case of Pervaiz Masih, accused of blasphemy in Pakistan and the treatment of his family and death of his daughter. We remain deeply concerned by the misuse of the blasphemy laws and the treatment of minority religious communities in Pakistan. We regularly raise our concerns about the misuse of the blasphemy laws and the protection of...

Scottish Parliament: Asia Bibi (29 Nov 2018)

Nicola Sturgeon: Like many people, I am absolutely appalled by Asia Bibi’s case and by the continued reticence of the international community in offering her asylum, now that she has been released from prison. The Scottish Government strongly condemns the persecution of minorities, including the targeting of innocent people based on their beliefs. I share John Mason’s concerns about religious intolerance...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Pakistan: Blasphemy (15 Oct 2018)

Mark Field: We remain deeply concerned by the misuse of the blasphemy laws in Pakistan, and the fact that religious minorities are disproportionately affected. The harsh penalties for blasphemy, including the death penalty, add to these concerns. We regularly raise our human rights concerns with the Government of Pakistan at a senior level; and we have urged them to take steps to prevent the misuse of...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Pakistan: Blasphemy (7 Sep 2018)

Jim Shannon: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his polices of the submissions on proposed procedural amendments to check the misuse of blasphemy law in Pakistan authored by the Pakistani National Commission for Human Rights.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Pakistan: Blasphemy (6 Sep 2018)

Mark Field: We remain deeply concerned by the misuse of the blasphemy laws in Pakistan. The blasphemy laws are used against Pakistanis belonging to all faiths although religious minorities are disproportionately affected. This is particularly concerning given the harsh penalties for blasphemy, including the death penalty. We have regularly raised our human rights concerns with the previous Government of...

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community (24 May 2018)

Liz McInnes: ...(Patrick Grady). We have heard some excellent speeches and interventions in this very important debate. I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Mitcham and Morden (Siobhain McDonagh), the chair of the all-party group on the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, for speaking so eloquently on behalf of the community in her constituency and for very skilfully taking us on a global tour and showing us...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Pakistan: Blasphemy (26 Apr 2018)

Mark Field: The FCO remains deeply concerned by the misuse of the blasphemy laws and the treatment of religious minority communities in Pakistan. We regularly raise our concerns about the protection of minority communities and misuse of the blasphemy laws with the Government of Pakistan at a senior level. During my most recent visit to Pakistan in November 2017, I discussed the treatment of religious...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Pakistan: Blasphemy (5 Apr 2018)

Mark Field: We have repeatedly called on Pakistan to end capital punishment and have urged them to renew the previously imposed moratorium on the application of the death penalty. We are in any case concerned about the misuse of blasphemy laws, which carry the death penalty. We regularly raise these concerns at a senior level with the Government of Pakistan. During my visit to Pakistan in November 2017,...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Pakistan: Religious Freedom (15 Mar 2018)

Mark Field: ​We remain concerned about restrictions on freedom of religion and belief in Pakistan, particularly the misuse of the blasphemy laws. Blasphemy laws are used against people of all faiths, although minority communities are disproportionately affected. Our concerns are reflected in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Annual Human Rights Report. We regularly make clear our concerns about...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Patras Masih (15 Mar 2018)

Mark Field: We remain deeply concerned by the blatant misuse of the blasphemy laws and the treatment of minority religious communities in Pakistan. While we are aware of reports of this distressing case, we hold no specific information and have not made an assessment. We routinely raise our concerns about the misuse of the blasphemy laws and the protection of minority communities with the Government of...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Pakistan: Religious Freedom (13 Mar 2018)

Mark Field: ​We remain deeply concerned by the misuse of the blasphemy laws and the treatment of minority religious communities in Pakistan. The blasphemy laws are used against people of all faiths although minority communities are disproportionately affected. This is particularly concerning given the harsh penalties for blasphemy, including the death penalty. We regularly raise our concerns about the...

Backbench Business: Freedom of Religion or Belief — [Ms Karen Buck in the Chair] (1 Mar 2018)

Jim Shannon: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his intervention and his membership of the all-party group. He is there, as we all are, for the same purpose: to try to make lives better and to fight—not physically, but verbally and emotionally—for those across the world who are persecuted. The Nigerian Government have developed neither early-warning systems nor rapid response mechanisms to violence, and...


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