Today Wilson Chowdhry, chairman of the British Pakistani Christian Association (BPCA), is speaking at a Symposium in the Palais des Nations UN office in Geneva on ‘Religious Freedom : State of Play’. Wilson is one of five speakers invited to the Symposium, sponsored by the South Asian Democratic Forum, along with ‘The Commission to study the Organization of Peace’. The Symposium is being held around the Universal Periodic Review for Pakistan, to which the BPCA submitted a report earlier in the year. The Periodic Review is where each nation’s record with regard to human rights is examined at regular intervals. Other talks include ‘The basic rights of women and children’, ‘Kill and dump policy in Baluchistan’ and ’The EU and human rights in Pakistan. The speakers include a former Belgian Senator, and the nominated Baluchistan House Representative to the EU.
‘I welcome this opportunity to go and outline the situation of religious minorities in Pakistan to the attendees, which we expect to include MEP’s and UN officials, among others. We want to get the word out to encourage people to change their policies to better address the issue of religious freedom and persecution of minority religions in Pakistan, as the EU and similar bodies can have a significant impact, especially where funding is involved’.