The General Election – What the parties promised on FoRB

THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY MANIFESTO

“We will seek to protect those persecuted for their faith and implement the Truro Review recommendations.” (p53)

[The Truro Review recommendations in full]

THE LABOUR PARTY

“At home and abroad we will ensure all Foreign Office staff receive training on religious literacy. We will ensure British embassies and high commissions in relevant countries should deliver tailored responses to any violations of freedom of religion or belief.” (Race and Faith Manifesto, p12)

THE LIBERAL DEMOCRATS

Appoint an ambassador-level Champion for Freedom of Belief. Protect, defend and promote human rights for all, including LGBT+ individuals who are persecuted across the world as well as those persecuted for their religion or belief.” (p92)

THE DEMOCRATIC UNIONIST PARTY

“The DUP successfully urged the government to take seriously international human rights abuses against Christians and other faith groups. This work needs to be continued in the next Parliament through:
• Retaining and strengthening role of the Special Envoy on Freedom of Religion or Belief with necessary financial and administrative support.
• Implementation of the recommendations of the Truro Review.
• Prioritising the protection of Freedom of Religion and Belief and other human rights in trade negotiations and trade deals, regardless of the UK’s future relationship with the European Union.
• Retaining the Foreign Secretary’s Human Rights Advisory Group, and ensure that there are at least three representatives from civil society which specialise on Freedom of Religion and Belief. (p16)

THE ALLIANCE PARTY

“Alliance will continue to promote our unwavering commitment to freedom of, and from, religion across the world and opposing discrimination on the basis of religion or belief.” (p40)





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