International Freedom of Religion or Belief APPG

First Registered: 20/05/2020 • Last updated on: 06/10/2021

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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. UK co-sponsors a UN resolution to commemorate victims of acts of violence based on religion or belief
03/06/2019 - Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office
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Found: commemorate victims of acts of violence based on religion or belief - GOV.UK

5. 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

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Recent Speeches related to International Freedom of Religion or Belief

1. Religious Minorities: Land Rights
22/04/2021 - Westminster Hall

1: chairperson of the all-party group for international freedom of religion or belief, a group that we have had in - 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. 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

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. Freedom of Religion or Belief
12/03/2020 - Westminster Hall

1: That this House has considered freedom of religion or belief.I put on record my thanks to - Speech Link
2: all the fantastic work he has done on religious freedom in his time in Parliament. When I as the special - Speech Link

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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: Ruth Jones
24/09/2020
... what plans he has to appoint a Special Envoy on Freedom of Religion or Belief.

3. 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.

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 or Belief
asked by: Kirsten Oswald
20/10/2020
... if he will appoint a new Special Envoy on Freedom of Religion or Belief before the Open Doors World Watch List launch event to be held in January 2021.

Latest Questions
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15 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
Baroness Anelay of St Johns Portrait
Baroness Anelay of St Johns
Vice Chair
Conservative - Life peer
Joined: 27th January 2021
Lisa Cameron Portrait
Lisa Cameron
Treasurer
Scottish National Party - East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow
Joined: 20th May 2020
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:

Julie Jones, 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: julie.jones@parliament.uk

Group's Website:

https://appgfreedomofreligionorbelief.org/

Benefits in Kind
Date
4 Feb 2021
Source
National Public Affairs Council of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Description
Administrative assistance for APPG members   From : 04/02/2021 To : 31/05/2021
Value
£4,501
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
7 Jun 2021
Source
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Value
£2,400
Date
21 May 2021
Source
Brigham Young University London
Value
£2,400
Date
21 May 2021
Source
National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of the United Kingdom
Value
£2,400
Date
4 Mar 2021
Source
Bellwether International
Value
£2,400
Date
4 Mar 2021
Source
Religious Freedom Institute
Value
£2,400
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
Former APPG Officers
Lord Suri Portrait
Lord Suri
Vice Chair
Conservative - Life peer
Joined: 20th May 2020
Departed: 2nd June 2021
1 APPG Membership
British Sikhs