Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Questions (166)

Brendan Howlin

Question:

166. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if his attention has been drawn to the ongoing concerns relating to the treatment of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13616/19]

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Written answers (Question to Foreign)

Ireland attaches great importance to the fundamental human rights of freedom of thought, conscience, religion or belief. I am well aware of the vulnerable situation of persons belonging to religious minorities in Pakistan and will continue to raise the issue with the Pakistan Government as well as through the framework and mechanisms of the European Union and the United Nations.

I am aware of the particular case. Following an appeal, the Supreme Court of Pakistan recently overturned the conviction. Since the Supreme Court decision, my Department has continued to follow developments in the case.

I have asked officials in my Department, including in the Embassy of Ireland in Ankara, which is also accredited to Pakistan, to continue to monitor the situation and to keep me updated on developments.