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Religious Freedom

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 14th February 2018.

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Photo of Baroness Anelay of St Johns Baroness Anelay of St Johns Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what training in the use of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's freedom of religion or belief toolkit is given to UK employed staff before deployment to posts overseas; and how frequently that training is updated.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State

​The aim of the freedom of religion or belief (FoRB) toolkit is to provide British diplomats with guidance on the human right to FoRB. The toolkit sets out what FoRB means, how it is commonly denied, and how the right to FoRB can be defended and promoted. The toolkit is therefore designed as a self-standing resource for use by British diplomats in any post.

We are also increasing the focus on FoRB across our diplomatic network and have encouraged a number of our missions, including those in Asia to have a greater focus on FoRB.

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