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Commemoration of 10th anniversary of Shahbaz Bhatti’s assassination

EDM (Early Day Motion) 1561: tabled on 01 March 2021

Tabled in the 2019-21 session.

This motion has been signed by 7 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House marks the 10th anniversary of Shahbaz Bhatti's assassination for his courageous advocacy for Pakistan's religious minorities; recognises that countless people across the world have died, or faced significant suffering, to protect rights which people mostly take for granted in the UK; laments the fact that, according to Pew Centre Research, four out of every five people live in countries in which there are significant restrictions on freedom of religion or belief; expresses deep concern at ongoing freedom of religion or belief violations in Pakistan such as the misuse of blasphemy laws and the forced conversion and marriage of over 1,000 girls annually; pledges to honour Mr Bhatti’s legacy by continuing to advocate on behalf of religious and belief minorities in Pakistan and around the world; and calls on the British and Pakistani Governments to adopt the recommendations of the All Party Parliamentary Group for International Freedom of Religion or Belief’s 2019 Report entitled Religious Minorities of Pakistan.