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Religious Freedom: Hate Crime

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 180495, tabled on 13 April 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he is taking to help tackle online hate speech towards minority religious and belief communities that have been blamed for spreading covid-19 in many countries.

Answered on

21 April 2021

The FCDO are continuing to assess the impact of Covid-19 on members of all minority religious and belief communities. We are particularly concerned by the secondary effects of the pandemic including incidents of hate speech and the rise in conspiracy theories that certain faiths or beliefs are to blame for the pandemic. We will continue to refute these divisive and harmful claims and raised our concerns both during the 46th session of the Human Rights Council in March 2021 and the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly in November 2020.