Russia and Former Soviet Union: Religious Freedom

House of Lords written question – answered on 27th March 2001.

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Photo of Lord Hylton Lord Hylton Crossbench

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will ask British Missions in all the countries of the Soviet Union to be vigilant concerning religious liberty and non-discrimination and to raise these issues whenever seems necessary.

Photo of Baroness Scotland of Asthal Baroness Scotland of Asthal Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Foreign & Commonwealth Office

All of our missions in former Soviet Union countries follow issues of religious freedom and discrimination closely. We take every opportunity, often with EU partners, to urge the states of the region to pursue laws and practices which foster tolerance and mutual respect and to protect religious minorities against discrimination, intimidation and attacks. We also regularly raise specific cases of religious persecution with the governments concerned.

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