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United Arab Emirates: Religious Freedom

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 3rd October 2019.

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Photo of Nigel Dodds Nigel Dodds Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Reform and Constitutional Issues), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Foreign Affairs), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Brexit), DUP Westminster Leader

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Emirati counterpart on supporting (a) religious freedoms and (b) right to enjoy a place of worship in that country.

Photo of Andrew Murrison Andrew Murrison Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

The UK welcomes the United Arab Emirates commitment to promoting religious tolerance demonstrated through the UAE 2019 Year of Tolerance. Freedom of Religion or Belief is a universal human right, which intersects with many other human rights.

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