International Freedom of Religion or Belief APPG

First Registered: 20/05/2020 • Last updated on: 10/03/2021

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To raise awareness and profile of international Freedom of Religion or Belief (Article 18, UDHR) as a human right among UK parliamentarians, the media, government and the general public. The group also seeks to increase the effectiveness of the UK's contribution to international institutions charged with enforcing this human right.

Note: All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) are informal, cross-party groups formed by MPs and Members of the House of Lords who share a common interest in a particular policy area, region or country. APPGs have no official status within Parliament.


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Recent Documents related to International Freedom of Religion or Belief

1. People of Faith: Persecution in the 21st Century
04/07/2019 - Parliamentary Research

Found: provides background information on freedom of religion and belief as a human right, before summarising

2. International Women's Day and freedom of religion or belief (No. 2)
03/03/2021 - Early Day Motions

Found: That this House celebrates International Women’s Day on 8 March 2021; recognises that women from marginalised

3. International freedom of religion or belief day 2018
24/10/2018 - Parliamentary Research

Found: CDP-0231, 23 October 2018 International freedom of religion or belief day 2018 Compiled by: Sarah

4. Westminster Hall debate: Freedom of religion or belief
28/02/2018 - Parliamentary Research

Found: February 2018 Freedom of religion or belief By Sarah Priddy Summary A general debate on freedom of religion

5. Commemoration of 10th anniversary of Shahbaz Bhatti’s assassination
01/03/2021 - Early Day Motions

Found: on freedom of religion or belief; expresses deep concern at ongoing freedom of religion or belief violations

Latest Documents
Recent Speeches related to International Freedom of Religion or Belief

1. International Development: Freedom of Religion or Belief
06/02/2020 - Lords Chamber

1: remain deeply concerned by violations of freedom of religion or belief. Her Majesty’s Government are protecting - Speech Link
2: years of unaddressed violations of freedom of religion or belief against Rohingya Muslims led to enormous - Speech Link
3: with my noble friend that prioritising freedom of religion or belief can save lives and prevent humanitarian - Speech Link

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

1: effect of the covid-19 pandemic on freedom of religion or belief.It is a genuine pleasure to serve - Speech Link

3. Freedom of Religion or Belief
10/12/2018 - Lords Chamber

1: for International Freedom of Religion or Belief, Commentary on the State of Freedom of Religion or Belief; - Speech Link
2: about the severity of violations of freedom of religion or belief across many parts of the world. I am - Speech Link
3: commentary deals with violations of freedom of religion or belief, International Human Rights Day allows us to - Speech Link

4. Persecution of Christians and Freedom of Religion or Belief
21/10/2020 - Westminster Hall

1: review on persecution of Christians and freedom of religion or belief.It is a pleasure to serve under - Speech Link

5. Persecution of Christians Overseas
18/07/2019 - Commons Chamber

1: persecution of Christians overseas; supports freedom of religion or belief in all countries throughout the world; - Speech Link
2: persecution of Christians overseas; supports freedom of religion or belief in all countries throughout the world; - Speech Link
3: around the world, in line with their religious belief and commitment, should have offered her asylum - Speech Link

Latest Speeches
Recent Questions related to International Freedom of Religion or Belief
1. International Freedom of Religion or Belief Day
asked by: Baroness Anelay of St Johns
09/11/2020
...To ask Her Majesty's Government how they plan to mark International Freedom of Religion or Belief Day on 27 October.

2. Special Envoy on Freedom of Religion or Belief
asked by: Baroness Anelay of St Johns
19/05/2020
... whether the role will always be filled by a member of the House of Commons or House of Lords.

3. Special Envoy on Freedom of Religion or Belief
asked by: Lord Bishop of Leeds
05/02/2020
... resources have been made available to support the Office of the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy on Freedom of Religion or Belief.

4. Special Envoy On Freedom of Religion Or Belief
asked by: Andrew Rosindell
22/09/2020
... when the Government plans to fill the position of the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy on Freedom of Religion or Belief.

5. Special Envoy on Freedom of Religion of Belief
asked by: Baroness Anelay of St Johns
09/11/2020
... following the resignation Rehman Chishti MP on 14 September.

Latest Questions
16 Current APPG Officers
Baroness Cox Portrait
Baroness Cox
Co-Chair
Crossbench - Life peer
Joined: 20th May 2020
Preet Kaur Gill Portrait
Preet Kaur Gill
Co-Chair
Labour (Co-op) - Birmingham, Edgbaston
Joined: 20th May 2020
Lord Singh of Wimbledon Portrait
Lord Singh of Wimbledon
Vice Chair
Crossbench - Life peer
Joined: 20th May 2020
Lord Suri Portrait
Lord Suri
Vice Chair
Conservative - Life peer
Joined: 20th May 2020
1 APPG Membership
British Sikhs
Baroness Anelay of St Johns Portrait
Baroness Anelay of St Johns
Vice Chair
Conservative - Life peer
Joined: 27th January 2021
Contact Details

Registered Contact:

Jim Shannon MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA. Tel: 020 7219 7160.

Email: jim.shannon.mp@parliament.uk

Public Enquiry Point:

Amro Hussain, APPG for International Freedom of Religion or Belief, Room 80, Upper Committee Corridor South, House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA. Tel: 0207 219 2446

Email: amro.hussain@parliament.uk

Group's Website:

https://appgfreedomofreligionorbelief.org/

Benefits in Kind
Date
1 Jul 2020
Source
National Public Affairs Council of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Description
Administrative assistance for APPG members   From : 01/07/2020 To : 04/02/2021
Value
£4,501
Date
5 Feb 2020
Source
National Public Affairs Council of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Description
Administrative assistance for APPG members   From : 05/02/2020 To : 31/03/2020
Value
£1,501
Financial Benefits Received
Date
13 Nov 2020
Source
Coptic Orthodox Church Centre
Value
£2,400
Date
1 Nov 2020
Source
Mosaic Middle East
Value
£1,600
Date
21 Oct 2020
Source
Mankind is My Business (via Religious Freedom Institute)
Value
£73,586
Date
14 Oct 2020
Source
Humanists UK
Value
£2,400
Date
6 Oct 2020
Source
National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of the United Kingdom
Value
£2,400
Date
29 Sep 2020
Source
Mankind is My Business (via Religious Freedom Institute)
Value
£4,924
Date
1 Sep 2020
Source
The Buddhist Society
Value
£1,600
Date
1 Sep 2020
Source
Al-Khoei Foundation
Value
£1,600
Date
1 Sep 2020
Source
Open Doors UK and Ireland
Value
£1,600
Date
1 Sep 2020
Source
Aid to the Church in Need
Value
£1,600
Date
1 Sep 2020
Source
Release International
Value
£1,600
Date
1 Sep 2020
Source
Ahmadiyya Muslim Association UK
Value
£1,600
Date
1 Sep 2020
Source
Middle East Concern
Value
£1,600
Date
26 Aug 2020
Source
Brigham Young University London
Value
£2,400
Date
30 Jul 2020
Source
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
Value
£2,400