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Saudi Arabia: Religious Freedom

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL1356, tabled on 20 July 2016

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the levels of discrimination experienced by Shia citizens in Saudi Arabia in the fields of public education, government employment and religious freedom.

Answered on

29 July 2016

We frequently raise religious freedom as part of our dialogue with the Saudi authorities on a wide range of human rights issues, including freedom of thought, conscience and religion. We pursue this dialogue though a variety of means, including diplomatic channels and Ministerial visits. The Saudi Arabian authorities are encouraging reforms at a pace that is acceptable to Saudi society.