Lord Michael Bates, answers the questions regarding the persecution of Christians in Pakistan.
According to details, Lord David Alton presented questions before the British Parliament regarding the persecution of Christians in Pakistan. In response to these questions, Lord Michael Bates- Minister of State at the Home Office pledged to asses the provided evidence of persecution of Pakistani Christians.
Lord Michael Bates further assured that if the evidence is found fitting, he would reconsider the guidelines of the Home Office. Furthermore, in November a two day meeting will be held in Westminster where witnesses are called and evidence of persecution of Christians in Pakistan will be considered.
Lord Alton had put forth a question that what assessment has Her Majesty’s Government made about the findings of the report commissioned by the British Pakistan Christian Association, (BPCA). This report was entitled Education, Human Rights Violations in Pakistan and the Scandal Involving UNHRC and Asylum Seekers in Thailand. Lord Alton questioned if it was possible that in view of this report, the UK government intends to re-examine the extent of the persecution of Christians in Pakistan.
To this question by Lord David Alton, Lord Michael Bates submitted an answer, “The Home Office will be considering the report commissioned by the British Pakistani Christian Association alongside a range of other material to make a full assessment of the situation of Christians in Pakistan, and will revise its country information and guidance if necessary.
The Home Office considers that the treatment of asylum seekers in Thailand is primarily a matter for the Thai authorities. For further appraisal, the All Party Parliamentary Group for International Freedom of Religion or Belief have initiated a Parliamentary Inquiry for Call for Evidence, subject to ‘The Plight of Minority Religious or Belief Groups in Pakistan and as Refugees: Addressing Current UK & UNHCR Policy’
Testimonies from Pakistani Christian individuals who have sought asylum in UK on the basis of religious persecution in Pakistan are also sought. Furthermore, these persons submitting testimonies may be invited to give oral testimonies at a formal hearing in the Houses of Parliament before selected parliamentarians on 10 November and 11 November.