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Middle East

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 15th October 2012.

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Photo of Chris Evans Chris Evans Labour, Islwyn

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has received on the treatment of Christians in the middle east.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

Freedom of religion in the middle east is an issue raised frequently by parliamentarians and our contacts in the region.

In the last six months alone the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has also responded to over two hundred letters from members of the public and Members of Parliament regarding religious freedom in the Arab world, specifically the treatment of Christians.

On 10 July, I addressed a reception organised by Open Doors, a Christian non- governmental organisation (NGO) on religious freedom in the Arab world and on 19 September I met a representative of another NGO to discuss the Government's policy on religious freedom. In June, a Christian NGO also contacted the FCO regarding the treatment of a group of Ethiopian Christians in Saudi Arabia.

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