Pakistan: Civil Liberties

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered at on 29 June 2023.

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Photo of Lord Alton of Liverpool Lord Alton of Liverpool Crossbench

To ask His Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Pakistan concerning its record on (1) freedom of expression, and (2) freedom of religion or belief.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

Protecting both freedom of expression and Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB) remains central to the UK Government's human rights engagement in Pakistan. I (Lord [Tariq] Ahmad, Minister for South Asia) raised the importance of maintaining democratic norms, including the right to protest with Hina Rabbani Khar, Pakistan's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, on 10 and 13 May. I also raised the need to safeguard the rights of religious groups with Pakistan's Minister for Human Rights, Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada, on 27 June. Where there are allegations of human rights violations, we expect these to be fully investigated in line with international human rights law.

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