Youssef Ourahmane

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered at on 17 May 2024.

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Photo of Brendan O'Hara Brendan O'Hara Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Foreign Affairs)

To ask the Deputy Foreign Secretary, whether he has made representations to his Algerian counterpart on the imprisonment of Pastor Youssef Ourahamane.

Photo of David Rutley David Rutley Assistant Whip (HM Treasury), Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

We are aware of the case of Pastor Youssef Ourahamane, and are disappointed to hear of his sentencing. We will seek to raise the case at the soonest opportunity with the Algerian authorities. The British Embassy Algiers raises issues of Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB) more broadly and remains in contact with religious minorities including the Protestant Church of Algeria. The Prime Minister's Special Envoy for FoRB, Fiona Bruce MP, raised the ability of religious minorities to freely practice their faith with the Algerian authorities during her visit to Algiers in September 2022. Minister for North Africa, Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon, met the Minister of Religious Affairs in June 2022 to discuss freedom of religion or belief.

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