Foreign Office launches #freedomtobelieve initiative

Baroness Anelay, Foreign Office Minister for Human Rights, today invited people to join her in a social media campaign #freedomtobelieve.

This came after two FCO-hosted events earlier this week. The first, at Wilton Park, was a conference to discuss how the global community can work better together to defend the right to freedom of religion or belief. At the same time, in Geneva there was a half-day panel discussion with the Universal Rights Group, which offered participants a real opportunity to engage with policymakers and have an interactive discussion on how the international community can best guard against religious intolerance.

Her guest blog on the FCO website concludes:“I believe that, difficult though this issue is to tackle, it is not impossible. Let us not be daunted by the task. But we cannot do it alone. We need people who value their right to believe, whatever they choose to believe or not to believe, to stand up and be counted. This is why, this week, we’ve launched a social media initiative on Twitter. I call on people of all faiths, or none, to join me in defending the right of everyone to have the #freedomtobelieve.”