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Religious Freedom

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL13896, tabled on 20 February 2019

To ask Her Majesty's Government what response they have received from representations they have made on behalf of (1) Pastor John Cao, (2) Mussie Ezaz, (3) Imran Ghafur Masih, (4) Mussie Eyob, (5) Mohammed Roghangir Mohammad, (6) Le Dinh Luong, (7) Nguyễn Văn Hoá, (8) Nguyễn Trung Tôn, (9) Bakhrom Kholmatov, (10) Hadi Asgari, (11) Amin Afshar Naderi, (12) Ebrahim Firouzi, (13) Qaisar and Amoon Ayub, (14) Abraham Ben Moses, (15) Shagufta Kausar, (16) Shafqat Emmanuel, (17) Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, (18) Saheb Fadaie, and (19) Yasser Mohammad Reza Omidi, all of whom are prisoners of conscience who have reportedly been subject to torture.

Answered on

6 March 2019

The British Government regards Freedom of Religion or Belief as a universal human right which should be enjoyed by everyone, everywhere. We raise a range of cases, but cannot routinely discuss publicly the details of individual cases for the protection of those involved.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office encourages all States to uphold their international human rights obligations. Any allegations of human rights violations are concerning and must be thoroughly, promptly and transparently investigated.