Syria: Refugees

Department for International Development written question – answered on 12th July 2018.

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Photo of Fiona Bruce Fiona Bruce Conservative, Congleton

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment the Government has made of the nature of the challenges and threats facing (a) Yazidi, (b) Christian and (c) other religious or ethnic minority Syrian refugees.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Joint with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

The UK is concerned at the severity and scale of violations of freedom of religion or belief in the Middle East, and the continuation of violent extremism. We are committed to ensuring that our humanitarian assistance is delivered without discrimination, in accordance with the humanitarian principles, and based on need alone. The situation of minority communities is taken into account by our partners when assessing those most in need of protection and assistance in a given humanitarian context. This includes when a community is being targeted or is otherwise vulnerable because of their faith.

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