It is an “inconvenient truth that the overwhelming majority of persecuted religious believers are Christians”, an interim report on the UK government’s response to the persecution of Christians says.
The report, by the Bishop of Truro, former CMS Executive Leader Philip Mounstephen, was commissioned by the British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt. The interim report details the scale of persecution and says that 80 per cent of people facing religious persecution around the world are Christians. Bishop Philip is now preparing his final report which will look at the UK government’s response to the persecution.
In his report, Bishop Philip stresses the need to protect the religious rights of all people, regardless of their faith.
“Persecution on grounds of religious faith is a global phenomenon that is growing in scale and intensity.”
– Bishop Philip
“Reports including that of the United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on ‘Freedom of Religion and Belief’ suggest that religious persecution is on the rise, and it is an ‘ever-growing threat’ to societies around the world.
“Though it is impossible to know the exact numbers of people persecuted for their faith, based on reports from different NGOs, it is estimated that one third of the world’s population suffers from religious persecution in some form, with Christians being the most persecuted group. This despite the fact that freedom of religion and belief is a fundamental right of every person. This includes the freedom to change or reject one’s own belief system.”
“Christians make up 80 per cent of believers persecuted for their faith”, report finds