Pakistan is one of the most intolerant countries in the world with regards to freedom of religion;
In 1947, Hindus constituted over 27 percent of the population of Sindh, and now they constitute less than 7 percent;
75 percent of Hindus in Pakistan have been coerced to leave their ancestral home;
In recent years, the violence against Sindhi Hindus has increased in ways such as extortion, attacks on places of worship, and forced conversion of Hindu girls to Islam;
20 or more Hindu girls are abducted and forced to convert to Islam every month in Pakistan; and
Most of the girls are under 16 years old and as young as 11, and, after the forced conversion and marriage, are prohibited from contacting their families.
We, the undersigned, citizens or residents of Canada, call upon the House of Commons to pressure the Pakistan government to address this issue through legislation, safeguarding minority rights, and revoking discriminatory laws, and to make Canadian international aid to Pakistan conditional to Pakistan’s adherence to the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
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