Religious Freedom

(asked on 24th November 2020) - View Source

Question to the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office:

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the findings of the Pew Research Center’s 11th annual study of restrictions on religion published on 10 November 2020, that Government restrictions on religion rose to a record high in 2018; and what steps he is taking to tackle restrictions on religion in the (a) Middle East, (b) North Africa and (c) Asia.


Answered by
Nigel Adams Portrait
Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
This question was answered on 30th November 2020

We have seen the Pew Research Centre's 11th annual study of restrictions on religion and are concerned by its findings. The UK is committed to defending Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB) for all, and promoting respect between different religious and non-religious communities. We remain deeply concerned about violations and abuses of FoRB in many parts of the world, including the Middle East, North Africa and Asia. Where we have concerns, we raise them directly with governments, including at Ministerial level. The Minister responsible for Human Rights, Lord Ahmad (Tariq) of Wimbledon, underlined the UK's commitment to FoRB for all in a number of international meetings earlier this month, speaking at the Ministerial to Advance Freedom of Religion or Belief and the Ministers' Forum of the International Religious Freedom or Belief Alliance.

The Magna Carta Fund for human rights has been used to fund a series of projects around the world, including projects to combat intolerance. The FCDO has also supported research projects in a diverse range of geographic regions, including Asia and the Middle East. These projects have provided the Government with specific recommendations on how we might tackle the problem of persecution as it affects particular countries or groups

This content was generated for your convenience by Parallel Parliament and does not form part of the official record.
Recent Documents related to Religious Freedom

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

Found: information on freedom of religion and belief as a human right, before summarising recent reports on religious

2. Bishop of Truro's Review on Persecution of Christians Overseas
16/07/2019 - Parliamentary Research

Found: worldwide, experience high levels of persecution. In 2014 only one country, North Korea, was ranked as

3. Persecution of Christians and the role of UK embassies
03/07/2017 - Parliamentary Research

Found: to Open Doors, an NGO that monitors persecution. North Korea, Somalia, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Sudan

4. International Freedom of Religion or Belief
23/10/2017 - Parliamentary Research

Found: | 23 October 2017 International Freedom of Religion or Belief Compiled by: Tim Robinson Subject

5. Supporting Development Through Regional Cooperation: Evidence from North Africa
14/05/2020 - Department for International Development
- View source

Found: Through Regional Cooperation : Evidence from North Africa Kelbesa Megersa Institute of Development

Latest Documents
Recent Speeches related to Religious Freedom

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

1: United Nations special rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, who said that,“a large share - Speech Link

2. Oral Answers to Questions
26/02/2019 - Commons Chamber

1: strengthen those ties and ask in particular what assessment he has made of the security and intelligence - Speech Link
2: that is exactly what my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary has been doing over the past week in - Speech Link
3: alliance could lead to more action in Sri Lanka to tackle human rights abuses. Will the Minister of State - Speech Link

3. Oral Answers to Questions
14/05/2019 - Commons Chamber

1: affected by the atrocity, and we have also sent the Foreign Office’s rapid deployment team to help families - Speech Link
2: the Cypriot President, and the Foreign Secretary met Cypriot Foreign Minister Christodoulides to discuss - Speech Link
3: stocks for large parts of the eastern coast of Africa. Wherever we end up, we must preserve the marine - Speech Link

4. The Modern Commonwealth: Opportunities and Challenges
07/03/2019 - Commons Chamber

1: Seventh Report of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Global Britain and the 2018 Commonwealth Summit, HC 831, and - Speech Link
2: opportunities and challenges facing the modern Commonwealth in its 70th year.It is that time of year - Speech Link
3: they do in this country and with our fellow Commonwealth nations around the world. It seems to be one - Speech Link

5. Oral Answers to Questions
17/03/2020 - Commons Chamber

1: markets and butcheries in (a) China and (b) south-east Asia where viruses have crossed the animal-human - Speech Link
2: House on how the Government, and specifically the Foreign Office, are providing support to British nationals - Speech Link
3: million in research to support vulnerable countries’ capacity to tackle this. The Foreign Office is regularly - Speech Link

Latest Speeches
Recent Questions related to Religious Freedom
Latest Questions