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Religious Freedom

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL1185, tabled on 16 July 2014

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to persuade those governments whose states have laws penalising apostasy to repeal or amend them, in particular by ending death sentences.

Answered on

30 July 2014

The right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, which includes the right to change one’s religion and to manifest it in teaching, practice, worship and observance is a key human rights priority for the government.

The UK regularly raises our concerns where apostasy laws exist, either in the context of bilateral meetings, together with EU partners or through multilateral organisations.

As an example, in the case of Meriam Ibrahim in Sudan, we have repeatedly urged the Government of Sudan to respect the right to freedom of religion or belief, including the right to follow a religion or belief of one’s choice.

We oppose the death penalty in all circumstances and in all countries. We have made this position clear to those who continue to execute, including the Government of Sudan.