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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 […]

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 […]