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Middle East and North Africa: Christianity

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL4140, tabled on 14 December 2016

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to assist in the protection of Christian minorities in the Middle East and North Africa.

Answered on

20 December 2016

The UK Government supports the right to freedom of religion or belief for Christian communities in the Middle East and North Africa. We do this by regularly urging governments at senior levels to uphold the rights of all minorities; building international consensus on freedom of religion or belief, including by holding a major conference in October on the synergy between this human right and countering violent extremism; and supporting practical projects, for example, a project inspiring key leaders in Iraqi society to become defenders of freedom of religion or belief.

We are also working closely with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to identify vulnerable refugees that they deem to be in need of resettlement. The UNHCR is intensifying outreach to groups that might otherwise be reluctant to register for fear of discrimination and unaware of the options available to them. This includes Christian and all other religious minorities.