UK Government pledges to accept all recommendations of Christian persecution review from Christian Today
The Government has said it will accept all of the recommendations in a major review calling for more action to be taken in response to Christian persecution.
The final report drawn up by the Bishop of Truro, the Rt Rev Philip Mounstephen, warns that levels of persecution against Christians are coming close to “genocide”.
It asks the Government to take the lead on a new Security Council Resolution calling on all governments in the Middle East and North Africa to protect Christians.
Other recommendations include imposing sanctions on the worst perpetrators of human rights abuses towards Christians.
Minister for Europe and the Americas, Sir Alan Duncan, told MPs during a debate in the House of Commons on Thursday that the Government would accept the full recommendations of the report.
Outlining the Government’s response to the findings, he said that the reticence to speak out on Christian persecution must end.
“The world is an increasingly challenging place for people of faith, and in some parts of the world for those of no faith,” he said.
“In the past two years, appalling atrocities, as we have heard today, have been committed against the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar and the horrific shootings in two Christchurch mosques shocked us all, but there are so many other stories of suffering that gain far less news coverage, and the statistics tell us, as we have heard again today, that Christians suffer more persecution than any other religious group in the world, yet we hear far less about this than one would expect.
“We are too reticent about discussing Christian persecution, and we must overcome this mindset; the evidence justifies a much louder voice.”
He went on to say that the UK “should not be timid” but “bold” in speaking up about the global persecution of Christians and that all Government departments needed to make a “serious effort” to address the problem.