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Afghanistan: Religious Freedom

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 108523, tabled on 20 January 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps the Government is taking in response to the risks to religious minorities in Afghanistan.

Answered on

27 January 2022

The Government is committed to protecting the rights of minority faith communities in Afghanistan. FCDO officials regularly raise human rights, including rights of members of minority groups, in discussions with the Taliban. On 15 December 2021, the Minister for South Asia and the Commonwealth, the Minister for Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean and the Lord Herbert of South Downs held a roundtable with NGOs to discuss the ongoing challenges faced by vulnerable groups, including religious minorities.