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Gambia: Religious Freedom

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 20438, tabled on 16 December 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has discussed the declaration of an 'Islamic State' by the government of the Gambia with that government; and what assurances he has received from that government on the protection of religious freedoms in that country.

Answered on

5 January 2016

The British Embassy in Banjul has regular contact with the Gambian government but has not yet discussed the recent declaration of an Islamic State in The Gambia with President Jammeh. However, President Jammeh has publicly stated that this decision will have no impact on other religions in the country. The Gambia has a proud history of religious and ethnic tolerance, which we expect to continue.

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