Malaysia: Christianity

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 13th November 2017.

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Photo of Gregory Campbell Gregory Campbell Shadow DUP Spokesperson (International Development), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Cabinet Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Malaysian counterpart for the Malaysian Human Rights Commission Public Inquiry to consider the abductions of Christians over the last two years.

Photo of Mark Field Mark Field Minister of State

I understand the Malaysian Human Rights Commission recently launched a public inquiry into the disappearance of four Malaysians, including two Christian pastors. As my predecessor, Alok Sharma, set out on 24 April, the UK remains greatly concerned by the disappearance of Christians in Malaysia, and has discussed the case of Pastor Koh with civil society representatives. The UK remains firmly committed to standing up for the freedom of all individuals, both religious and non-religious, so that they may practice their beliefs free from fear. We have regular dialogue with Malaysia on human rights and we shall continue to follow developments in this area closely. I joined fellow parliamentarians in the House on 26 October for a debate to mark International Freedom of Religion or Belief Day, where these issues were further addressed. ‚Äč

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