Pakistan: new Parliamentary Inquiry announced

Parliamentary Inquiry into Abduction, Forced Conversions and Forced Marriages of Religious Minority Girls and Women in Pakistan Conducted by Rt Hon Jim Shannon MP, Rt Hon Marie Rimmer MP and Lord Alton Terms of Reference Background 1. According to unverified reports, about 1,000 girls and women from religious minorities, mainly Christian and Hindus, are abducted, […]

APPG Statement: COVID, FoRB and violence against women and girls

On November 25th, the world will mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls and Red Wednesday, a day which aims to draw attention to the plight of those who are persecuted for their religion and beliefs. On this important day, the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group for International Freedom of […]

Government restrictions on religion at a record high

Government restrictions on religion rose to a record high in 2018, while religion-related social hostilities fell slightly but remained near peak levels, according to Pew Research Center’s 11th annual study of restrictions on religion. Restrictions by governments include official laws and actions that curtail religious beliefs and practices, while social hostilities encompass everything from religion-related […]

Coronavirus in developing countries: the impact on FoRB

The APPGs Written Submission to the International Development Select Committee inquiry on ‘Humanitarian crises monitoring – coronavirus in developing countries: secondary impacts.’ SECONDARY IMPACTS OF CORONAVIRUS IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES Scapegoating of religious and belief communities 1. In countries around the world, many marginalised communities have faced intensified discrimination since the outbreak of covid-19. The UN […]