Madagascar: Human Rights

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 26th June 2018.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Human Rights), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Madagascan counterpart on human rights for Christians in that country.

Photo of Harriett Baldwin Harriett Baldwin Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

No discussions have taken place between the Foreign Secretary and his counterpart regarding the human rights for Christians in Madagascar. Around 90% of Malagasy self-identify as Christian, including the current President and most members of the current government. Christian churches are found in even the smallest village, and State TV regularly broadcasts programmes aimed at a Christian audience. We are unaware of any state abuses of Christians on the basis of their faith. Our Embassy in Madagascar attends regular human rights meetings in local multilateral fora and raises issues of concern where necessary.

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