Policy

International Religious Freedom

18/02/2016 1:16 pm

The Catholic Church is committed to protecting freedom of religion or belief for everyone and we believe that this should be a foreign affairs priority for the UK. At present we are working particularly closely with the local Church in Iraq to support the rights of Christian and Yazidi minorities, and in Burma/Myanmar to support the rights of Rohingya Muslims.

We welcome the UK government’s decision to prioritise freedom of religion or belief in its recent human rights and democracy report. We would like to see this commitment backed up with appropriate funding for freedom of religion or belief initiatives through the government’s Mangna Carta Fund and clear benchmarks for measuring how effective UK embassies are in promoting this fundamental human right.