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Religious Freedom

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL5400, tabled on 6 February 2018

To ask Her Majesty's Government how the contents of the series of round-table meetings on freedom of religion or belief hosted by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office will be disseminated across Government; and what impact they anticipate it having on Government action overseas.

Answered on

20 February 2018

‚ÄčI have hosted two roundtables to date. The first roundtable on 23 October 2017 looked at Burma in the light of the Rohngya crisis. The second roundtable on 12 December examined the role of women in tackling religiously motivated violent extremism. These roundtables have been excellent opportunities for myself and officials to hear the perspectives of faith leaders whose insights contribute to increasing their overall awareness and policy-making capacity. The meetings will also serve as a platform to inform the Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB) work plan that we are developing.