The work of the APPG January – April 2019

Snapshot of Activity • 123 APPG Members -­- (new members Mike Kane MP, Afzal Khan MP, Matt Rodda MP and the Bishop of Winchester welcomed). • 23 Written Parliamentary Questions tabled on various FORB issues including encouraging HMG to take … Continued

USCIRF Releases 2019 Annual Report

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) today released its 20th Annual Report documenting country conditions in, and analyzing and recommending U. S. policy initiatives toward, the world’s worst violators of religious freedom. USCIRF, as an independent, bi-partisan commission, … Continued

Catholic Bishops and Church of England submission to FCO review

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales and Church of England Submission to Independent Review of FCO support for persecuted Christians 1. The Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales and the Church of England’s Mission and Public Affairs Council … Continued

Parliament responds to Sri Lanka Easter outrage

House of Commons Tuesday 23 April 2019 Mr Speaker Colleagues, in respectful memory of the 321 people slaughtered in the appalling Easter Sunday terrorist attack in Sri Lanka, including eight British citizens, and of the approximately 500 people wounded in … Continued

The Home Office, asylum and religious conversion

Home Office cites Bible to deny asylum Kaya Burgess, Religious Affairs Correspondent | Richard Ford, Home Correspondent The Times March 22 2019 The Home Office refused asylum to an Iranian who converted from Islam to Christianity because, it said, Christianity … Continued

Terms of reference for FCO review on persecution of Christians

Policy paper Independent review of FCO support for persecuted Christians, commissioned by the Foreign Secretary: terms of reference Published 8 February 2019 Aim The Review will map levels of persecution of and other discrimination against Christians in key countries around … Continued

Freedom of Religion – letter to The Sunday Telegraph

Freedom of religion SIR – As persons with experience of international human rights protection over the past two decades, we welcome the commitment of greater diplomatic efforts in the human rights field – in this instance religious persecution. Political responses … Continued

House of Lords questions on persecution of Christians

Open Doors 2019 World Watch List 23 January 2019 Lord Harries of Pentregarth To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking in response to Open Doors’ 2019 World Watch List of the 50 countries where Christians face the … Continued


US State Department International Religious Freedom Report for 2018

The annual Report to Congress on International Religious Freedom – the International Religious Freedom Report – …

House of Lords debates Anti-Semitism

Anti-Semitism 20 June 2019 Baroness Berridge To move that this House takes note of the incidence of anti-Semitism …

BBC Radio 4 Sunday programme on Religion and Development

BBC Radio 4 Sunday programme (16 June) included a 6-minute section on the relationship between religion and …

FCO publishes 2018 Human Rights and Democracy report

The Foreign Office launched its Annual Human Rights and Democracy Report 2018 today. 2018 marked the 70th …

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