Islamophobia Awareness Month

This Islamophobia Awareness Month, the APPG wants to draw the UK Government’s attention to the ways in which restrictions on the right to freedom of religion or belief can disproportionately affect Muslims. Many Muslims globally face challenges to their exercising of their freedom of religion or belief due to the discrimination, Islamophobia, or anti-Muslim hatred they face.    The APPG FoRB notes with increasing concern […]

Press Statement: APPG FoRB and the Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief make freedom of religion or belief a priority for the 2022 Ministerial.

Today the All-Party Parliamentary Group for International Freedom of Religion or Belief (APPG FoRB) and Fiona Bruce MP, the UK Prime Miniaster’s Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief, hosted a reception marking Red Wednesday, a Catholic initiative that offers chance to raise awareness of the persecution Christians and those of other religions or […]

Jim Shannon’s #RedWednesday Speech

I’d like to start by echoing Fiona’s sentiments and thanking everyone for attending today. As the Chairman of the APPG for FoRB It’s great to see so many people here who strive for justice in the pursuit and defense of FoRB in one room, especially in the shape of civil society actors and stakeholders of […]

Statement on Iran Atrocities Tribunal

The All Party Parliamentary Group for International Freedom of Religion of Belief notes with concern the ongoing situation that arose from protests that broke out in Iran on 15th November 2019 following an increase in fuel prices. An internet shut-down followed, with thousands of people injured, detained, or killed. Some are still on death row, […]

APPG FoRB Statement on the Targeting of Religious Leaders by the Cuban Government Following Nationwide July Protests

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for International Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB) condemns the Cuban Government’s ongoing targeting of religious leaders following spontaneous protests on 11 July 2021. APPG FoRB Members call on the Foreign Secretary to raise this issue with the Cuban Government at the highest levels. Spontaneous nationwide protests swept across Cuba […]

Pew Research report – the facts on FoRB in 2019

Globally, social hostilities related to religion declined in 2019, while government restrictions remained at highest levels; the number of countries with terrorist activity related to religion declined for a fifth consecutive year. Social hostilities involving religion, including violence and harassment against religious groups by private individuals and groups, declined in 2019, according to Pew Research […]

Violence against Christians: Central African Countries

Westminster Hall, 23 September Jim Shannon (Strangford) (DUP) I beg to move, That this House has considered the matter of violence against Christians in central African countries. This issue concerns us greatly. I applied for this debate with the hon. Member for Congleton (Fiona Bruce) and others. We have a deep personal interest in the […]