The US Ambassador said that in Pakistan, religious minorities continue to suffer either at the hands of non-state elements.
New York| In a massive international embarrassment, the United States, Britain and Canada have criticized China and Pakistan for their discrimination against religious minorities. The United Nations special session to discuss the protection of religious minorities is going on in New York. In the meeting, the human rights activist of Pakistan spoke about the situation of Ahmadis.
At the meeting, Chairman of Human Rights Focus Pakistan, Naveed Walter said that a large number of people are marginalized in their own countries. The biased approach towards these sections is also seen in other countries. “The situation of Ahmadis on the basis of religious affiliation in Pakistan is also seen in China. There is a growing number of countries that are publicly banning the expression of religion on the pretext of national security,” he said.
#WATCH United States, United Kingdom & Canada, at UN meet on Safety of Religious Minorities, in New York, slam Pakistan & China for discrimination against religious minorities. pic.twitter.com/tuSX5fTLls
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Following this, Lord Ahman, the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy on Freedom of Religion or Faith in the United Nations, said, “Britain has spoken for the rights of religious communities and minorities around the world. From Uighurs living in China to Christians and Ahmadis living in Pakistan, about which we hear indirectly.”
US Ambassador to Britain Sam Brownback, appearing for his country at the meeting, said that in Pakistan, religious minorities continue to suffer either at the hands of non-state elements or through discriminatory laws and practices. Taking a dig at China, Brownback said, “We are deeply concerned about the Chinese government’s decision to extend comprehensive and unfair restrictions on religious freedom in China.”
Advising China, the US ambassador said that we urge the Chinese government to respect the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all people in that nation. At the same time, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged the countries to stop the anti-Jewish and Muslim sentiment, persecution of Christians and other religious groups. He said that religious minority victims need to be with us. He said that we should reject those who spread hatred in the name of religion.