MRC Newsletter – May 2016 The Sunday Times April 3rd 2016 http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/the-times/how-many-kids-have-to-die-before-pakistan-stops-sponsoring-militancy/news-story/9969dd643b5fe7abac81b1ed1d3ff92b http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/newsreview/features/article1683937.ece See the Daily Times –Pakistan Where is Jinnah’s Pakistan? by Nasir Saeed March 31, 2016 Saeed writes: “Instead of recognising minorities’ role in the making of Pakistan, and considering them equal citizens, it was suggested that non-Muslims had to enter … Continue reading Where is Jinnah’s Pakistan? Timeline of terror attacks on minorities. Carnage in Lahore – Pakistan and UK Governments Failure to Challenge Persecution or the Culture of Impunity. Links to previous posts about Pakistan’s Christians, Shahbaz Bhatti, Asia Bibbi, and the report on systematic persecution of the country’s minorities.
https://www.churchtimes.co.uk/articles/2016/26-february/news/world/home-office-guidance-on-pakistan-has-serious-flaws-say-mps http://www.leadfamily.blogspot.comhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b072sbqr/our-world-thailands-asylum-crackdown Watch Chris Rogers’ disturbing documentary on the plight of incarcerated Pakistani Christians held in detention centres in Bangkok. You will need to use the password: Pakistan and click on this link: https://vimeo.com/user18375217/review/156847557/edd7ed8b33 For UK viewers: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b072sbqr/our-world-thailands-asylum-crackdown http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/opinion/01-Mar-2016/pakistani-minorities-and-the-british-parliament See Chris Rogers’ Disturbing Report for the BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-35654804 BBC ON LINE http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-35654804 BBC … Continue reading March 2nd: 5th Anniversary of the assassination of Shahbaz Bhatti. February 24th: Report Launched at Westminster on the Persecution of Religious Minorities In Pakistan. Link to Chris Rogers Disturbing Report for the BBC.
19 Nov 2015 : Column 372 7.01 pm Debate on Overseas Aid – Is aid to Pakistan challenging intolerance and persecution and helping minorities? Lord Alton of Liverpool (CB): My Lords, I thank my noble friend for initiating this debate and join others in congratulating the noble Lord, Lord Barker of Battle, on his maiden … Continue reading Debate on Overseas Aid – Is aid to Pakistan challenging intolerance and persecution and helping minorities? Dr.Paul Bhatti addresses members of both Houses of Parliament as persecution of Christians and other minorities continues to be raised in the British Parliament. Parliamentarians paid ribute to the memory of his murdered brother, Shahbaz Bhatti, Minister for Minorities in Pakistan.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TEOBIlZs1I&context=C3edb8c0ADOEgsToPDskJ55Bb422uTeEmiNJll-Iiz https://davidalton.net/?s=shahbaz+Bhatti&x=8&y=13 This weekend marks the first anniversary of the assassination of Clement Shahbaz Bhatti. Aged 42, the life of Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Minorities, was cut short by self described Taliban assassins. His murderers scattered pamphlets describing him as a “Christian infidel”. The leaflets were signed “Taliban al-Qaida Punjab.”
The First Anniversary of the Death of Shahbaz Bhatti David Alton On March 2nd, 2011, aged 42, Clement Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Minorities, was brutally murdered. His assassination not only robbed Pakistan’s National Assembly of a dedicated, honest, and able politician but his death also threw into sharp relief the plight of … Continue reading Shahbaz Bhatti – one year on since his brutal assassination: what to make of his sacrificial life and the treatment of minorities in Pakistan
http://britishpakistanichristian.blogspot.com/2012/01/lord-alton-speaks-out-for-minorities-in.html Pakistan Question January 19th 2012. 11.29 am Asked by Baroness Falkner of Margravine To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the Government of Pakistan and other interested parties regarding the current political situation in Pakistan. Baroness Warsi: My Lords, when I visited Pakistan last week, I called on Prime Minister … Continue reading Pakistan’s Treatment of Minorities and the Murder of Shahbaz Bhatti and Salman Taseer
https://www.conservativehome.com/platform/2019/12/david-alton-now-is-the-time-to-deliver-on-johnsons-commitments-to-persecuted-christians.html On Boxing Day 2018 Jeremy Hunt MP, then Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, announced that he had asked Bishop Philip Mounstephen, Bishop of Truro, to establish an independent review into the global persecution of Christians. On July 4th he published his findings – including the estimate that, worldwide, almost 250 million … Continue reading Conservative Home December 27th : “It is no secret that some senior civil servants in the Foreign Office do not share the Prime Minister’s commitment to implementing the Truro Recommendations.” Why he is right and they are wrong. And the persecution they ignore in China.
In his Christmas message, the Prime Minister reminded us that millions of people would be unable to freely celebrate Christmas. These bleak stories from Pakistan – a Commonwealth country – is a graphic illustration of how bad it can get for vulnerable people whose only crime is to manifest their beliefs. “They Forced Me Down, … Continue reading Christmas in Pakistan: shocking story of Christian woman while Dawn details the case of an academic from Pakistan, Junaid Hafeez, who has been sentenced to death on blasphemy charges by a Court in Multan. He has already spent 6 years in solitary confinement, which in human rights law must amount to torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment contrary to the provisions of Article 7 of the ICCPR (to which Pakistan is a State Party). Multan is the city where Shagufta Kauser, once again spent Christmas – in the cell previously occupied by Asia Bibi – and separated from her disabled husband, Shafqat Emmanuel. He is paralysed from the chest down and is also incarcerated on blasphemy charges, sentenced to death, and separated from their four children, aged between 9 and 15. Also, the case of a 14 years old Christian girl Huma, who was kidnapped, forcibly converted and married to her abductor, in Karachi. And this shocking story: “They Forced Me Down, All I Did Was Pray”: the account of a Pakistani Christian rape survivor
Extracts from a Lecture: Human Dignity and Religious Freedom: Preventing and Responding to Religious Persecution Brigham Young University, Utah. October 2019. David Alton The Punta del Este Declaration, commemorating the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights puts human dignity at the heart of the fight to end religious persecution. … Continue reading Human Dignity and Religious Freedom – Speech at Brigham Young University, Salt Lake City, Utah
House Magazine July 2nd 2019 Parliamentlive.tv – Download Available https://protect-eu.mimecast.com/s/jKPzCvlGAfM2KxJSQ2c7y?domain=parliamentlive.tv – Download Available Pakistan: Aid Programmes and Human Rights 02 July 2019 Volume 798 Question for Short Debate 6.30 pm Asked by Lord Alton of Liverpool To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the relationship between their aid programmes and human … Continue reading British and Pakistan Governments and the Commonwealth Challenged In The British Parliament To Champion the Persecuted Minorities Of Pakistan; to uphold the ideals of Muhammad Ali Jinnah; and for Prince William to meet the minorities during his forthcoming visit.