Review into Christian persecution catalyst for action

8 Jul 2019 03:49 PM

A report commissioned by the Foreign Secretary into the plight of Christians across the globe calls for the Government to implement bold recommendations to address the problems they face.

The report, carried out by the Bishop of Truro and published yesterday, records widespread evidence of the kind of persecution and discrimination that Christians face worldwide.

It also points to evidence that Christians constitute by far the most widely persecuted religion.

The review into the persecution of Christians outlines the seriousness of the challenge, and makes recommendations for how the Foreign Office can better address the issue. This includes calling for action at the United Nations, including a Resolution to allow UN observers to monitor necessary security measures.

Speaking ahead of the launch, the Right Reverend Philip Mounstephen yesterday said:

Addressing this issue with the seriousness it deserves represents a step change for democratic governments. My hope is that in adopting my recommendations the Foreign Office will be able to bring its considerable experience and expertise to bear in helping some of the planet’s most vulnerable people.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief yesterday said:

Freedom of Religion or Belief has been a key priority for the FCO within our human rights agenda in recent years. Both strategically and through a focus on priority countries, we have not only raised the profile of religious persecution and abuse, but also acted on the rising tide of Christian persecution across the world with some success.

We therefore note the findings of this independent report and will consider the recommendations carefully and how they may further enhance our work in tackling Christian persecution specifically and in strengthening our work on Freedom of Religion or Belief.

The report highlights the shocking impunity with which discriminatory laws, fear and violence are used by state and non-state actors to discriminate appallingly against Christians in countries across the world.

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