Christianity "at risk of disappearing" warns a Persecution Report, Comissioned by Jeremy Hunt

Jeremy Hunt and the Bishop of Truro addressing persecution of Christians

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.

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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.

Recommendations for the Foreign Office include:

  • Seek a Security Council Resolution urging all governments in the Middle East and North Africa to protect Christians, and other persecuted minorities, and allow UN observers to monitor the necessary security measures
  • Identify a label for Christian persecution, to better inform ad develop tailored Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) policies in response
  • Consider imposing sanctions on perpetrators of serious human rights abuses against religious minorities, including Christians
  • Establish a stream of the Magna Carta Fund, dedicated to helping persecuted Christians
  • All Foreign Office staff – at home and abroad – should have mandatory training on religious literacy, subject to resources
  • British embassies and high commissions in relevant countries should deliver tailored responses to any violations of freedom of religion or belief

WATCH the full episode about the Persecution report below, and read the Bishop of Truro’s full report or download the PDF online.

 

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03 Nov 2019

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