Persecution of Christians Overseas

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 2:38 pm on 18th July 2019.

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Photo of Rehman Chishti Rehman Chishti Conservative, Gillingham and Rainham 2:38 pm, 18th July 2019

I completely agree with the hon. Lady when she says this is about ensuring that people can practise their faith, whatever it may be. As somebody who comes from a Muslim faith and whose father, grandfather and uncles were all imams, I know that Islam itself says, “La iqra ha fiddin”: people should be able to practise their faith whatever it is—there is no compulsion. As this report sets out, religious freedom is not only a civil right, but pretty much the fundamental core of people’s own faith and scriptures: to respect each other’s faith.