Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, has said that the Government is committed to protecting the freedom of the individual to practice whatever religion they want. Johnson’s comments come on the inaugural ‘International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief’ event.
Johnson said in a statement:
“Freedom of religion or belief is at the heart of what the UK stands for. We will do everything possible to champion these freedoms and protect civilians in armed conflict, including religious, ethnic or other minorities. We are determined to use the tools of British diplomacy in this cause, including our permanent seat on the UN Security Council.
In light of mounting evidence that Christians suffer the most widespread persecution, we asked the Anglican Bishop of Truro to carry out an independent review to ensure that our work in this area matched the scale of the problem. We have accepted, and will implement, all of the Review’s challenging recommendations. We will use the UK’s global reach and programme funding to improve the lives of persecuted people. Today we are opening a call for bids on how to take this forward.”