Freedom of religion or belief ‘continues to be a priority’ for the UK

Staff writer CHRISTIAN TODAY Mon 18 Nov 2019

The Government has told the United Nations that freedom of religion or belief (FoRB) “continues to be a priority for the United Kingdom”.

In a statement marking the end of the UN’s 34th Universal Periodic Review of human rights, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon said that the Government remained “deeply concerned by the scale and severity of violations of the right to freedom of religion or belief around the world”.

Lord Ahmad, the Government’s Minister of State for the UN, said that work was “already underway” to implement the recommendations of an independent review into religious freedom violations undertaken by the Bishop of Truro on behalf of the Foreign Office.

The review warned that the persecution of Christians worldwide was coming close to “genocide”, but it also profiled the plight of other minority groups suffering for their faith, including the Yazidi and Rohingya.

The final report recommended that the Government initiate a new Security Council Resolution calling on all governments in the Middle East and North Africa to protect Christians, and impose sanctions on countries guilty of the worst religious freedom violations.


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