Bahá'í Faith APPG

First Registered: 28/09/2017 • Last updated on: 27/01/2021

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To raise awareness on the Bahá'í faith and the efforts of the Bahá'í community to contribute to British society, and to seek action in respect of the persecution of Bahá'ís in Iran and other instances where Bahá'ís are subject to discrimination on the grounds of their faith.

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Recent Documents related to Bahá'í Faith
1. Iran: Baha'i Faith
asked by: Gavin Shuker

2. Iran: Baha'i Faith
asked by: Mark Durkan

3. Yemen: Baha'i Faith
asked by: Lord Dholakia

4. Iran
asked by: Mark Durkan

5. Yemen
asked by: Jim Shannon

Latest Documents
Recent Speeches related to Bahá'í Faith

1. Covid-19: Faith Groups
11/02/2021 - Commons Chamber

1: attention to the extraordinary scale and value of faith groups’ contributions in response to the pandemic - Speech Link

2. Religious Schools: Admission Policies
29/04/2019 - Lords Chamber

1: Lords, many schools with faith-based admissions have diverse intakes. Faith schools do not have significantly - Speech Link
2: religion, and 53% of rural primary schools are faith schools. Almost three in 10 families in England - Speech Link
3: Lords, I have used faith schools and my children do so. Is it not true that faith schools are extremely - Speech Link
4: people of different faiths in choosing the intake of faith schools, it is equally important to ensure that - Speech Link
5: and young people, whatever their faith and whether they have a faith or not, should have an opportunity - Speech Link

3. Places of Worship: Security Funding
07/05/2019 - Commons Chamber

1: terrorists in Sri Lankan churches as they observed their faith on Easter Sunday. More victims were targeted in - Speech Link
2: for mosques. We are not accusing Ministers of bad faith, but we are saying that all too often, when it comes - Speech Link
3: people in all places of worship, whatever their faith, in every way we can. I very much welcome her comments - Speech Link
4: is not just about buildings. People of faith live out their faith day in, day out in their homes and in - Speech Link

4. Religious Groups: Financial Support
06/01/2021 - Lords Chamber

1: be helpful, but does the Minister agree that the faith communities, in the welfare and volunteering they - Speech Link
2: role of British Sikhs. It is fundamental to their faith to help people in need, and, although I have only - Speech Link
3: system to provide bespoke levels of support to faith communities? I also join the noble Baroness, Lady - Speech Link
4: but I am in fact a Roman Catholic. None the less, faith communities have stepped forward and helped considerably - Speech Link

5. Religious Persecution
11/07/2019 - Lords Chamber

1: this an occasion to plead a special cause for my faith. The important aspect of this is that it relates - Speech Link
2: opposes another, and consequently that religious faith can be one of the principal causes of religious - Speech Link
3: just demonstrated, is between people of the same faith. That is a challenge to us all. However, there is - Speech Link

6. Withdrawal Agreement: Legal Opinion
12/03/2019 - Commons Chamber

1: parties properly fulfilling the duties of good faith and best endeavours, they cannot reach an agreement - Speech Link
2: because of a breach by the Union of its duty of good faith, it would be entitled to take measures to disapply - Speech Link
3: arbitration panel if the EU is found in breach of good faith and suspend the backstop. But that was already in - Speech Link
4: that we could be kept in the backstop by the bad faith and deliberate manipulation of the Union. This makes - Speech Link
5: risk”that we would be held involuntarily and by the bad faith. Why? Because these new provisions make it easier - Speech Link

7. Violence Against Women
25/06/2020 - Lords Chamber

1: Majesty’s Government what plans they have to work with faith communities to address violence against women. - Speech Link
2: My Lords, I welcome the important role that faith communities have played, and will continue to play - Speech Link
3: abuse can be prevented and addressed in and by faith communities? Will the Minister commit to requiring - Speech Link
4: guidance for faith communities. We will continue, as we always do, to engage with faith communities in - Speech Link
5: Minister aware that there is no reference to women in faith communities in the Domestic Abuse Bill? These women - Speech Link

8. Overseas Aid: Charities and Faith-based Organisations
12/07/2018 - Lords Chamber

1: Majesty’s Government to engage with small charities and faith-based organisations in delivering United Kingdom - Speech Link
2: the diverse landscape of UK aid, the impact of faith-based charities is also an important consideration - Speech Link

9. Covid-19: Freedom of Religion or Belief
26/11/2020 - Westminster Hall

1: in other ways, the right to worship and manifest faith or belief has been curtailed.All that illustrates - Speech Link
2: supplies were only for members of the majority faith. Such discriminatory distribution of relief supplies - Speech Link
3: the Uyghurs in China and all people of the Muslim faith who are suffering persecution. In her excellent - Speech Link
4: sides of the House are inspired by their Christian faith to speak out against what is happening in Hong Kong - Speech Link

10. Withdrawal Agreement: Attorney General’s legal opinion on the Joint Instrument and Unilateral Declaration
12/03/2019 - Lords Chamber

1: situation where, despite the parties using good faith and their best endeavours, they cannot reach an - Speech Link
2: the European Union can be proved guilty of bad faith in not reaching an agreement. He says—this is important - Speech Link

Latest Speeches
Recent Questions related to Bahá'í Faith
1. Immigration Rules: Religion
asked by: Alexander Stafford
... what assessment she has made of the effect of immigration rules for people of faith on faith groups in the UK.

2. Schools: Construction
asked by: Lord Storey
...To ask Her Majesty's Government how many new faith schools were built in each of the years 2010 to 2017; and how many non faith schools were built in the same period.

3. Yemen: Baha'i Faith
asked by: Lord Dholakia
...To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of the repression of members of the Bahá'í community in north Yemen; and what representations they have made to representatives of the Houthis about freedom of religion or belief in those areas under their de facto governance.

4. Faith Schools: Admissions
asked by: Jo Stevens
... what assessment he has made of whether allowing faith schools greater freedom to discriminate on the grounds of faith conflicts on the Government's proposals to strengthening equalities legislation.

5. Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Voluntary Work
asked by: Ben Lake
... if he will add an exemption to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme guidance allowing furloughed workers employed by faith-based organisations to participate in activities usually undertaken by volunteers in their faith community.

Latest Questions
6 Current APPG Officers
Contact Details

Registered Contact:

Mr Alistair Carmichael MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA. Tel: 020 7219 8181.


Public Enquiry Point:

Sophie Gregory, Bahá'í Community of the UK, 27 Rutland Gate, London SW7 1PD. Tel: 020 7019 7785



The Office of Public Affairs of the Bahá'í Community of the UK acts as the group's secretariat.

Benefits in Kind
25 Feb 2020
The Office of Public Affairs of the Bahá'í Community of the UK
Secretariat   From : 25/02/2020 To : 24/02/2021
5 Jul 2017
The Office of Public Affairs of the Bahá'í Community of the UK
Secretariat   From : 05/07/2017 To : 04/07/2018

No direct financial benefits are on record for the Bahá'í Faith APPG

Former APPG Officers
Louise Ellman Portrait
Louise Ellman
Chair & Registered Contact
Independent - Former Member for Liverpool, Riverside
Joined: 28th September 2017
Departed: 5th November 2019
No other APPG Memberships
Louise Ellman Portrait
Louise Ellman
Chair & Registered Contact
Independent - Former Member for Liverpool, Riverside
Joined: 28th September 2017
Departed: 6th June 2018
No other APPG Memberships