Persecution of Christians Overseas

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 2:54 pm on 18th July 2019.

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Photo of Rehman Chishti Rehman Chishti Conservative, Gillingham and Rainham 2:54 pm, 18th July 2019

My hon. Friend has put forward a concerning picture from around the world. On addressing that challenge, does he agree with the former Bishop of Rochester, Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali, who said that the greater use of our aid for persecuted Christian communities around the world is something that we should seriously consider? He gave the example of supporting the Iraqi Christian homes on the Nineveh plains and listed a number of others. As a passionate supporter of international development aid, I ask my hon. Friend: should that now be targeted to support persecuted Christian communities around the world?