Fiona Bruce MP in the Afghanistan debate

Fiona Bruce (Congleton) (Con) I thank the Government for proposing a bespoke refugee scheme focusing on the most vulnerable in Afghanistan. I am glad that, as the Home Secretary said today, it will include persecuted minorities—those who are persecuted simply on account of their religion or belief. That is absolutely in accord with our Government’s […]

Afghanistan: the consequences for Afghan Christians of the Taliban takeover

Minorities in Afghanistan Whilst no accurate numerical data exist on the exact size of religious minorities, estimates have long suggested that Afghanistan consists of 10-20% Shi’a and Ismaili (predominantly ethnic Hazaras who were specifically targeted when the Taliban were last in power); small numbers (less than 1%) of Hindus and Sikhs; and Christians. Christians are […]

Written Questions explore the implementation of the Truro Review

Two years on from the publication of the Bishop of Truro’s Independent Review for the UK Foreign Secretary of Foreign and Commonwealth Office Support for Persecuted Christians, a series of written questions have pressed for information on the implementation of the 22 recommendations. Alexander Stafford; Alexander Stafford; Alexander Stafford; Alexander Stafford; Alexander Stafford; Alexander Stafford; Alexander Stafford; Alexander Stafford;  Kirsten Oswald; Kirsten […]

The Truro Review – Two Years On

The second anniversary of the Truro Review this month has been marked by a webinar hosted by the Bishop of Truro himself. The Truro Review, commissioned by Jeremy Hunt in 2018 as an independent review into the global persecution of Christians, presented 22 recommendations for the UK Government for changes in policy and practice to […]

House of Lords discuss the APPG report

Lord Singh of Wimbledon To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group for International Freedom of Religion or Belief Commentary on the Current State of International Freedom of Religion or Belief (2020), published on 1 March. The Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office […]

FCDO publishes 2020 Human Rights and Democracy report

The Human Rights and Democracy: 2020 Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office report was published on 8 July 2021, and announced via a written statement, though it does not seem to have been deemed worthy of a media release from the FCDO. The 2020 report covers 31 Human Rights Priority Countries. The list is reviewed periodically, […]