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Statement on Shahbaz Bhatti’s Assassination

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Dear Ambassador Husain Haqqani,

We, the undersigned individuals and organizations, express our deep condolences over the assassination of Mr. Shahbaz Bhatti on March 2, 2011. Mr. Bhatti served as the Federal Minister for Minorities in Pakistan and his assassination is a great tragedy. He dedicated, and eventually sacrificed, his life working towards the promotion and institution of universal values of peace and justice that we, as people of faith, hold dear. He passionately advocated for the rights of minorities in Pakistan. We share the same ambitions for the promotion of universal values of sanctity of life and dignity for all people, for which Mr. Bhatti sacrificed his life. We are committed to a world where peace and nonviolence reign. We work towards the promotion of human rights and a life free of religious discrimination for all. We sincerely believe that we are all children of God and should share equally in such values as the right to practice one’s own religion and to speak one’s voice. We promote the peaceful achievement of rights for minorities all over the world. We applaud the immense and unforgettable achievements and strides towards human rights of minorities that Shahbaz Bhatti accomplished. His dream of a world free from religious discrimination, a world in which one has the right to speak one’s mind, as well as the right to practice religion as one chooses, does not die with him, but rather, will live on with each of us. The assassination of Shahbaz Bhatti is a call for a change of Pakistan’s laws that keep minorities vulnerable and excluded. By our endorsement of this statement, we express our solidarity with the people of Pakistan and the continuation of Shahbaz Bhatti’s dream of human rights for minorities in Pakistan.

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