The organisations listed here support and fund the work of the APPG. Each organisation’s name incorporates a link which will reveal further details and contact information.
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Ahmadiyya Muslim Association
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is a dynamic peace-loving Muslim community that was founded in 1889 in Qadian, India by Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad who claimed to be the Promised Messiah and Imam Al-Mahdi.
The community is spread across 204 countries and is also one of the oldest established Muslim communities in the UK, established in 1913. It is led by its Khalifa (spiritual leader), Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, who is based in London and guides the community’s global efforts for peace.
It has faced severe persecution in some countries, particularly Pakistan (where it is targeted by federal laws) and Indonesia, and this has now spread to some other countries as well.
The community has a strong focus on education, integration, human rights, peace and service to mankind and lives by its motto of ‘Love For All Hatred For None’.
National Secretary External Affairs
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK
Baitul Futuh Mosque
181 London Road
Morden SM4 5PT
Aid to the Church in Need
Aid to the Church in Need is a Pontifical Foundation of the Catholic Church. Directly under the Holy See, ACN supports the faithful wherever they are persecuted or in pastoral need. Founded in 1947, the organisation is now at work in about 130 countries around the world and every year fulfils about 5,000 projects. These include Christian formation – 51 million ACN Child’s Bibles have been translated into 176 languages – training for seminarians and catechists, media projects, radio, television, support for Sisters and other religious, Mass stipends for poor and persecuted priests, transport, construction of churches, and support for refugees and displaced people. ACN is a registered charity in England and Wales (1097984) and Scotland (SC040748).
Aid to the Church in Need (UK),
12-14 Benhill Avenue,
Phone: 020 8642 8668
The Al-Khoei Foundation
The Al-Khoei Foundation is an international Islamic organisation with General Consultative status at the Economic and Social Council at the UN, which was established in 1989 by the late Shia-Muslim spiritual leader Imam Sayyid Abulqasim Al-Khoei. This philanthropic foundation operates a number of pioneering educational, social and religious programmes and has offices in the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, France, Thailand, Pakistan, India, Iraq and Iran. It implements educational programmes which encompasses religious plurality and community cohesion. The Foundation advocates interfaith and intrafaith relations and also works to promote the role of faith in protecting human values, social development, empowerment of women and countering intolerance and extremism.”
Phone: 020 7372 4049
Assemblies of God UK
The Assemblies of God is a Pentecostal denomination that has been serving the people of Great Britain since 1924. In recognition of the fact that we are only a small part of the Universal Church, the Assemblies of God seek to work with the many different expressions of the Church of Jesus Christ in the UK and across the world.
European Baptist Federation
The European Baptist Federation (EBF) brings together nearly 60 Baptist Unions, Conventions and churches in almost every country of Europe, Middle East and Central Asia. There are upwards of 1 million church members in 13,000 local Baptist churches. The EBF is active in mission and church planting, defending religious freedom and human rights, theological eduction, and humanitarian aid and development. A Council of leaders from the member bodies meets annually. The religious freedom work is overseen by the General Secretary, Tony Peck who is based in the UK, and a part-time EBF Religious Freedom Representative, Christer Daelander, based in Sweden. Together with church, NGO, and inter-governmental partners, the EBF has been very active in taking up issues of religious freedom on behalf of its churches, especially in Central Asia, the Caucasus, and the Middle East. Through being one of six regions of the global Baptist World Alliance, the EBF is represented at the United Nations in New York, Geneva and Vienna. Religious Freedom for all has been a core value for Baptists since the earliest written plea for it in the English language was made by a founder of the Baptist movement, Thomas Helwys, in London in 1612.
European Baptist Federation
20 Charborough Raod,
BMS World Mission
BMS World Mission is a Christian mission organisation, working in over 30 countries on four continents. BMS seeks to see 1 million lives transformed by 2020. From legal work to surgery, food projects to education, church planting to leadership development, BMS works with local partners, helping where it is most needed, among the most marginalised and least evangelised people in the world. We do this thanks to the support of UK Christians, individuals and churches, who share our vision for a world made better through Christ’s grace. BMS work in various fragile contexts where religious persecution is a norm. With our Baptist roots, we believe deeply in the importance of civil liberties as a bulwark against state infringements on life, limb and liberty. Chief amongst these liberties is the right to follow your religious convictions and express those convictions freely to others without the fear of state persecution or state nonfeasance in the face of criminal acts of religious persecution.
BMS World Mission
PO Box 49,
The Buddhist Society
The Buddhist Society was founded in 1924, with the object “to publish and make known the principles of Buddhism and to encourage the study and practice of those principles.” It is guided by an elected Council.
The Society provides a range of classes and courses in the Buddha’s teachings, as well as instruction in Buddhist meditation and daily life practice. Details of the regular programme, public talks and special events can be found on the Society’s website.
The Society provides an environment for Buddhist practice and study and increasingly makes use of online services to fulfil its declared Objects and generally to help, advise and facilitate wherever possible. The Society remains small but active, encouraging as a matter of policy the establishment of independent parallel organizations. It maintains close connections with local Buddhist monastic institutions, other Buddhist groups, organisations, and academic centres, including the SOAS Buddhist Forum.
The Buddhist Society
58 Eccleston Square,
Christian Solidarity Worldwide
CSW works for religious freedom through advocacy and human rights, in the pursuit of justice. CSW works in over 20 countries across Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America, defending everyone’s right to freedom of religion or belief.
CSW regularly briefs senior policymakers and legislators around the world, and has testified at hearings in the UK Parliament, the European Parliament, the United States Congress and the United Nations. We also regularly work with international media, and contribute comment and analysis to publications such as the Wall Street Journal, the International Herald Tribune and the New York Times, as well as to broadcasters such as the BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera and Sky.
Phone: 0845 456 5464
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints began in the United Kingdom in 1837 where there are now around 190,000 members, part of a global community of over 15 million. A key tenet is religious tolerance: ‘We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all…the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.’
The Church supports the work of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies (Provo, Utah, USA). ICLRS’s aim is to help secure the benefits of freedom of religion and belief by ‘expanding, deepening, and disseminating knowledge and expertise regarding the interrelationship of law and religion’, including co-sponsorship of academic conferences at Oxford University.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
751 Warwick Road
Coptic Orthodox Church Centre
Based in Hertfordshire, The Coptic Orthodox Church Centre in the United Kingdom is the headquarters of the Advocacy, Development, and Communications and Media Offices for the United Kingdom and Europe.
The advocacy work of The Centre is both reactive in its timely response to current topical issues and proactive in its periodical release of press statements, published articles, news interviews, and briefings to both governmental and non-governmental sectors on matters of international justice, human rights and religious freedom.
Additionally, the comments and views of His Grace Bishop Angaelos, General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom (and director of the Centre) are frequently sought on matters of human rights, civil liberties and international religious freedom, particularly in relation to the situation in Egypt and the Middle East. His Grace is also the founder and convener of the Asylum Advocacy Group which works closely in partnership with the All Party Parliamentary Group on International Religious Freedom or Belief.
The Coptic Orthodox Church Centre is a hub of activity that also utilises its resources to cater for a wide variety of spiritual, youth, community, pastoral, and ecumenical activities that engage at the local, national and international level.
The Elim Pentecostal Church is a growing Movement of more than 550 Christian congregations in the UK and Ireland. In a world that can feel like a desert, our 21st-century churches seek to be a place of spiritual resource within their communities.
Nitin Palan (on behalf of Hindu Matters in Britain)
Founded in 1896, the Humanists UK (formerly British Humanist Association) is the national charity working on behalf of non-religious people who seek to live ethical and fulfilling lives on the basis of reason and humanity. We promote Humanism; provide services, support and representation to the non-religious; and promote a secular state and equal treatment in law and policy of everyone, regardless of religion or belief.
The Ismaili Centre, London
Middle East Concern
National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of the United Kingdom
The UK Bahá’í community is made up of thousands of men, women and children from many diverse backgrounds, cultures and walks of life. The Bahá’í teachings emphasise that all of us, as creations of one God, are part of one human family. Bahá’u’lláh, founder of the Bahá’í Faith said, “The tabernacle of unity hath been raised; regard ye not one another as strangers. Ye are the fruits of one tree, and the leaves of one branch.”
Office of Public Affairs,
UK Baha’i community
27 Rutland Gate,
Network of Sikh Organisations
The Network of Sikh Organisations (NSO) is a loose linking of 130 gurdwaras and other Sikh groups to celebrate Sikh events, address common concerns and further an understanding of our Gurus’ approach to balanced and responsible living. We are prominent in the promotion of interfaith dialogue and work to ensure a greater understanding of Sikhism in the wider community through broadcasts, articles and seminars. The NSO is the government recognized body for Sikh prison, armed services and hospital chaplaincies, the DfE Endorsing Authority for the Inspection of Sikh schools and a member of the RE Council. Director NSO, Lord Singh of Wimbledon, is a founder member and vice-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Freedom of Religion or Belief.
Open Doors UK & I
Open Doors is an international charity that supports Christians who face persecution for their faith in over 50 countries around the world. We provide practical and spiritual support to persecuted Christians and campaign for greater freedom of religion or belief for all.
The Advocacy Team
Open Doors UK & Ireland
PO Box 6,
Release International is a UK-based charity which, through its international network of missions, serves persecuted Christians in more than 30 countries. It supports pastors and Christian prisoners, and their families; supplies Christian literature and Bibles; and works for justice. Release has been supporting persecuted Christians since 1968, providing practical aid and speaking up for the oppressed. Join us, be inspired by the faith of persecuted Christians – and make a difference!
St Michael’s Chester Square
St Michael’s is a lively, all-age, cosmopolitan church in the heart of London. Our members work in many different fields but we are united in our belief that Jesus Christ transforms life and that through him we can experience life here in a totally new dimension.
St Michael’s an outward looking church supporting God’s work through individuals and organisations both in the UK and overseas. Our vision is that as followers of Christ, we should make an impact wherever we go – with family and friends, with neighbours, in the workplace, in this city, in this nation and all over the globe. We believe that the Church needs to recover its place in the public square in order to speak and live out God’s values in a lost and hurting world.
Lord Ranbir Singh Suri (Sikhism)
Lord Ranbir Singh Suri has consistently championed community work throughout his life, demonstrated by the numerous posts he has held which include, Justice of the Peace and serving on the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on General Commissioners of Income Tax. Furthermore, he has served on the Middlesex Probation Committee and the Home Office Advisory Council on Race Relations. Lord Suri was also a member of the board of visitors of HM Prison Pentonville as well as a mentor to The Prince’s Youth Business Trust.
He lived in Kenya for 25 years and had a successful educational supplies business based in Mombasa. Whilst in Kenya, he was very active in the public realm and was the chairman of several organisations related to education, religion, social, cultural and politics. Lord Suri was appointed Hon. Correspondent to the British High Commission in Kenya by H.M. the Queen, for dealing with people from India and Pakistan who were facing immigration problems as well as those who had become stateless and had no documentary evidence to prove they were British subjects.
To increase Asian participation in politics he founded the British Asian Conservative Link and he was also Chairman of the Conservative Ethnic Diversity Council.
UK Copts was established in 1999. It has been a registered charity since 08 December 2000, Reg. Number 1084047. UK Copts is a Founding member of Coptic Solidarity Organisation.
Our Vision: UK Copts will lead active efforts to achieve equal citizenship for the Copts in Egypt.
Our Mission: UK Copts will advocate and work to advance the universal human rights and total equality for the Copts in Egypt through all peaceful and civil means sanctioned by international standards and with moral and material support of institutions within and outside Egypt that promote equality and fight discrimination based on religion, gender, race or personal beliefs.
United Copts of Great Britain
United Copts GB aims at promoting the principles of equality and justice for the Copts in Egypt through legitimate and peaceful means.
United Copts GB tries it best to satisfy the four axis of Activism through lobbying MP/MEPs. United Copts GB participated in several hearing sessions in the European Parliament and United Nations Minority Forums, submitted a study regarding Copts in Egypt to the UN Office of High Commission for Human Right, supported the victims of persecution as refugees in UK or in Egypt, raised the profile of persecution by several TV debates and news programmes as well as legal support to the victims of persecution in Egypt and as refugees.
United Copts GB is founding member of the European Union of Coptic Organizations for Human Rights.
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