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VIRTUAL EVENT: Shahbaz Bhatti 10th Anniversary Commemoration

March 2 at 10:00 am - 11:30 am EST

Tuesday, March 2 marks the 10th anniversary of Shahbaz Bhatti’s assassination for his courageous advocacy for Pakistan’s religious minorities. Join us to remember his legacy, at a virtual event on March 2, 2021, at 10 am EST, and hear from leading political and religious figures. After the presentations, a panel discussion will address Pakistan’s situation today and how to continue Shahbaz’s work to protect religious minorities.

The forces of intolerance and hatred that took Shahbaz’s life continue to persecute, so it is critical everyone joins hands to fight for religious freedom for all.

Event Schedule:

  • Welcome: Thomas Farr, President, Religious Freedom Institute

  • Introduction: Jeremy P. Barker, Director, Middle East Action Team, Religious Freedom Institute

  • Welcome from the Family: Peter Bhatti, Brother of Shahbaz Bhatti and Founder and President, International Christian Voice

  • Life and Legacy of Shahbaz: David Bhatti, Nephew of Shahbaz Bhatti

  • Video Tributes: Selection of contributors

  • Panel Discussion:

    • Peter Bhatti, Brother of Shahbaz Bhatti and Founder and President, International Christian Voice

    • Farahnaz Ispahani, Senior Fellow, Religious Freedom Institute and former Member of Parliament in Pakistan

    • Jan Figel, former European Commission special envoy for the promotion of freedom of religion outside the EU

    • Knox Thames, former special advisor for Religious Minorities in the Near East and South and Central Asia at the U.S. Department of State and Senior Fellow, Institute for Global Engagement

    • Moderator: Rehman Chishti MP, former UK Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief, Member of the House of Commons and Senior Fellow, Religious Freedom Institute

Speakers and Video Statements to Include (others to be added):

  • Most Revd and Rt Hon Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury

  • Cardinal Joseph Coutts, former Archbishop of Karachi (2012-2021)

  • Most Reverend David J. Malloy, Bishop of Rockford and Chairman, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on International Justice and Peace

  • Ahmed Shaheed, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief

  • Lord David Alton of Liverpool, UK House of Lords

  • Peter Van Dalen, Member European Parliament

  • Roy Blunt, Member of the United States Senate

  • James Lankford, Member of the United States Senate

  • Ruby Sahota MP, Member of the House of Commons of Canada

  • Garnett Genuis MP, Member of the House of Commons of Canada

  • Jeremy Hunt MP, former Foreign Secretary and Member of the House of Commons, United Kingdom

  • Marie Rimmer MP, Member of the House of Commons, United Kingdom

  • Fiona Bruce MP, Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief and Member of the House of Commons, United Kingdom

  • Ambassador Ulrika Sundberg, Swedish Special Envoy on Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue

  • Ambassador Michael Suhr, Ambassador and Special Representative for Freedom of Religion or Belief, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark

  • Gayle Manchin, Chair, United States Commission on International Religious Freedom

  • Frank Wolf, former Member of the U.S. House of Representatives

  • Samuel Brownback, former Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom and Member of United States Senate

  • Rabbi David Saperstein, former Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom and director emeritus of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism

  • Fr. Dcn. Andrew P.W. Bennett, former Canadian Ambassador for Religious Freedom, Director of the Cardus Religious Freedom Institute and Senior Fellow, Religious Freedom Institute

  • Jason Kenney, Premier of Alberta, Canada

  • Patrick Brown, Mayor of Brampton, Canada

  • Hardayal Singh, Director of Advocacy, United Sikhs

  • Irwin Cotler, Chair of the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights, an Emeritus Professor of Law at McGill University, former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada and longtime Member of Parliament in Canada

  • Floyd Brobbel, CEO, Voice fo the Martyrs Canada

  • David Matas, Senior Legal Counsel, B’nai Brith Canada

  • Daniel Phillpott, Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame and Senior Fellow, Religious Freedom Institute

  • Benedict Rogers, Chairman and Chief Executive of Hong Kong Watch and Senior Fellow, Religious Freedom Institute

  • Peter Bhatti, Brother of Shahbaz Bhatti and Founder and President, International Christian Voice

  • David Bhatti, Nephew of Shahbaz Bhatti

  • Jan Figel, former European Commission special envoy for the promotion of freedom of religion outside the EU

  • Knox Thames, former special advisor for Religious Minorities in the Near East and South and Central Asia at the U.S. Department of State and Senior Fellow, Institute for Global Engagement

  • Farahnaz Ispahani, Senior Fellow, Religious Freedom Institute and former Member of Parliament in Pakistan

  • Rehman Chishti MP, former UK Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief, Member of the House of Commons and Senior Fellow, Religious Freedom Institute

  • Thomas Farr, President, Religious Freedom Institute and founding Director, Office of International Religious Freedom at the U.S. Department of State

  • Jeremy P. Barker, Director, Middle East Action Team, Religious Freedom Institute

 

Venue

Livestream (Facebook & YouTube
Livestream on Facebook and YouTube Nigeria + Google Map
Website:
https://fb.me/e/1rvAgORzd

Organizers

Religious Freedom Institute
Institute for Global Engagement
International Christian Voice

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