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Pakistan: Freedom of Expression

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 22040, tabled on 27 February 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions has he had with his Pakistani counterpart on ensuring the maintenance of freedom of speech in Balochistan.

Answered on

9 March 2020

We are concerned by restrictions on the freedom of expression in Pakistan. We regularly remind the Government of Pakistan of its human rights obligations, including on the freedom of expression. The freedom to hold and express views without censorship, intimidation or unnecessary restriction is a cornerstone of democracy. Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, Minister for South Asia and the Commonwealth, raised our concerns about human rights in a letter to Pakistan's Human Rights Minister in February 2020.