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UN body berates Pakistan, China for discrimination against religious minorities

Sam Brownback, US Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, at UN meet on Safety of Religious Minorities, in New York. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi Aug 23, 2019, 08.50 AM (IST)

In a huge embarrassment, United Nations meet on religious minorities has slammed Pakistan and China for discrimination against religious minorities.

Representatives from US, UK and Canada spoke in a united voice asking the two countries to take corrective action.

Speaking at the meet, Sam Brownback, US Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom urged the Chinese government to respect the human rights and fundamental freedoms of everyone in that nation.

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''We remain deeply concerned about the Chinese government escalating widespread and undue restrictions on religious freedom in China,'' he said.

Coming down heavily on Pakistan, Brownback said ''In Pakistan, religious minorities continue to suffer from prosecution either at hands of non-state elements or through discriminatory laws&practices.''

Lord Ahmad, PM's Special Envoy on Freedom of Religion or Belief, UK also raised similar concern.

Ahmad said he had spoken up for rights of religious communities and minorities across the world from Uyghurs in China, Christians and Ahmadis in Pakistan.

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Coming down heavily on Pakistan, Brownback said ''In Pakistan, religious minorities continue to suffer from prosecution either at hands of non-state elements or through discriminatory laws&practices.''