Saudi Arabia: Religious Freedom

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 28th October 2015.

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To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effect of Saudi Arabia's 2014 Penal Law for Crimes of Terrorism and its Financing on religious freedom in that country.

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The British Government has been following Saudi Arabia’s counter-terrorism and terrorism financing legislation issue closely since it started being implemented on 31 January 2014. There has been no change to the limited level of religious freedom in Saudi Arabia and we are not aware of any persecution of religious groups through this legislation. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office continue to monitor this, including through the annual Human Rights and Democracy report.

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