Religious Freedom

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 1st March 2017.

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To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in fulfilling their 2015 manifesto commitment to "Stand up for the freedom of people of all religions—and non-religious people—to practice their beliefs in peace and safety, for example by supporting persecuted Christians in the Middle East".

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It is the Government's policy to promote freedom of religion or belief in all parts of the world where it is challenged or undermined. We do this in many different ways. Through our bilateral work we continue to lobby host governments, to raise individual cases and highlight practices and laws that discriminate against people on the basis of their religion or belief.

Multilaterally, we work to sustain consensus on the adoption and implementation of two important Resolutions: the European Union's resolution on 'Freedom of Religion or Belief' and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)'s resolution on 'Combating Religious Intolerance'.

We also support a number of projects through the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO's) Magna Carta Fund. For example, we continue to support a network of human rights defenders in South Asia.

In October 2016, the FCO hosted a groundbreaking international conference to draw attention to the importance of freedom of religion or belief to global efforts to counter violent extremism. In the Middle East, our principal policy designed to prevent the persecution of religious minorities - including Christians - is our support for the international effort to defeat Daesh and return the region to stability and peace.

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