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Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting: Religious Freedom

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 133575, tabled on 21 March 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that the right to freedom of religion and belief will (a) be discussed at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting and (b) included in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Joint Communiqué.

Answered on

28 March 2018

We are working with fellow member states to negotiate the communiqué for next month's Commonwealth Heads of Government. We do not comment on those negotiations while they are underway. The UK considers freedom of religion and belief to be one of the Commonwealth's core values.

Encouraging member states to uphold the values and principles enshrined in the Commonwealth Charter – which include freedom of religion as well as democracy, freedom of expression, the rule of law and opposition to all forms of discrimination – will be an important part of April's summit.