The persecution of Christians in some parts of the world is at near "genocide" levels, according to a report ordered by former Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt.
The report, carried out by the Bishop of Truro, records widespread evidence of the kind of persecution and discrimination that Christians face worldwide. It found that one in three people suffer from religious persecution, and also points to evidence that Christians constitute by far the most widely persecuted religion. The Bishop wrote,
"Evidence shows not only the geographic spread of anti-Christian persecution, but also its increasing severity.
The review into the persecution of Christians warns that Christianity "is at risk of disappearing" in some parts of the world, it also outlines the seriousness of the challenge, and makes recommendations for how the Foreign Office can better address the issue. This includes calling for action at the United Nations, including a Resolution to allow UN observers to monitor necessary security measures. The Right Reverend Philip Mounstephen said:
Addressing this issue with the seriousness it deserves represents a step change for democratic governments. My hope is that in adopting my recommendations the Foreign Office will be able to bring its considerable experience and expertise to bear in helping some of the planet’s most vulnerable people.
The report highlights the shocking impunity with which discriminatory laws, fear and violence are used by state and non-state actors to discriminate appallingly against Christians in countries across the world.
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03 Nov 2019