HERNDON, Virginia, April 2011

Religious freedom organizations united under the Religious Liberty Partnership (RLP) released a statement condemning the recent death of Pakistani Minorities Minister Shahbaz Bhatti, and calling for immediate action from Pakistan's government and the international community to safeguard the lives and the rights of Pakistan’s Christian minority. Advocates International (AI) which is a member of the RLP fully endorses this statement referred to as “The Virginia Statement on the Islamic Republic of Pakistan”.   Read the RLP Press Release HERE and the Virginia Statement HERE.

AI notes with deep sadness that the late Minister Bhatti was scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the Religious Liberty Partnership Conference in Virginia.  We ask that all of our friends pray the safety of religious rights of all Pakistanis, but particularly pray for our brothers and sister Advocates in Pakistan who are on the frontlines in this ongoing battleground. 
Brent McBurney President & CEO Advocates International”