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Pakistan: Human Rights

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Government of Pakistan on the situation of the human rights lawyer Parvez Aslam Choudhry in Lahore. (201917)

We have not made specific representations on behalf of Mr. Parvez Choudhry but officials in our high commission in Islamabad and in London are aware of him through contact with Christian Solidarity Worldwide and Legal Aid for Destitute and Settlement about his situation.

The UK supports freedom of religion and condemns instances where individuals are persecuted because of their faith or belief. Through our regular contact with organisations working on behalf of religious minorities we continue to monitor and raise concerns about the treatment of minorities with the Government and encourage reform or repeal of discriminatory legislation through the National Assembly.

The UN Human Rights Council is undertaking a universal periodic review on the human rights records of a number of countries including Pakistan in May. The UK is participating in this dialogue and will raise the treatment of minorities during the process.