Religious Freedom

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 19th December 2013.

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Photo of Fiona Bruce Fiona Bruce Conservative, Congleton

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if his Department will review the effectiveness of its strategy on tackling abuse of the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion (a) in jurisdictions where there is persecution of Christians and (b) in all other jurisdictions where such abuse is taking place.

Photo of David Lidington David Lidington The Minister for Europe

The promotion and protection of freedom of religion or belief is a human rights priority for this Government and we keep our strategy for tackling it under constant review. We will continue to do so including through our new expert advisory group on freedom of religion or belief, which we will establish under the Senior Minister of State, my right hon. and noble Friend Baroness Warsi in the new year.

We believe that there is a need for a stronger international response to the persecution of Christians and other religious minorities around the world. For this reason Baroness Warsi will be convening a major conference on this issue in early 2014.

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