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House of Commons Hansard
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11 November 2009
Volume 499
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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with representatives of human rights organisations on the persecution of Christians in (a) India and (b) Pakistan. [298686]

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We are encouraging human rights reform through our regular dialogue with the Governments of India and Pakistan, bilaterally through the EU and through meetings between Foreign and Commonwealth Office officials and human rights organisations on the subject of the persecution of Christians in India and Pakistan.

Along with our EU colleagues we regularly discuss our concerns with human rights organisations over the situation of human rights and religious minorities in India and Pakistan. The most recent démarche called upon the Government of Pakistan to promote religious tolerance and to protect freedom of expression and to reform discriminatory legislation such as the blasphemy laws. Minority rights are discussed as part of the continuing EU-India human rights dialogue.