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Ethiopia: Religious Freedom

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 1141, tabled on 12 May 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps she is taking to support the Government of Ethiopia with (a) investigating responsibility and securing justice for the massacre, sexual violence and targeting of Muslim religious sites in Gondar city of Amhara regional state in Ethiopia on 26 April 2022 and (b) preventing further violence between religious communities in Ethiopia.

Answered on

19 May 2022

The UK is very concerned by religiously-targeted violence, such as the killing of Muslim mourners in Amhara; we are encouraging dialogue and cooperation among different religious and ethnic groups.

In May, the UK's Special Envoy to the Horn of Africa and the Red Sea, with our Ambassador to Ethiopia, hosted a meeting of religious leaders from the inter-religious council in Ethiopia to discuss ways to ensure peaceful co-existence between different religious groups.