Religious freedom charity calls for more action on persecuted Christians
By Heather Preston
Following the launch of a review by Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and the Bishop of Truro into the persecution of Christians, Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) International is urging the government to put the study’s findings into action.
The preliminary report, ordered by Mr Hunt, found Christians to be the most persecuted religious group in the world and likened their mistreatment to genocide.
Commissioned in 2018, the review was triggered by the plight of Asia Bibi – a Christian woman who spent nine years on death row for blasphemy charges in Pakistan.
Speaking to Premier, ADF International’s Executive Director Paul Coleman said: “We’d like to see the UK Government and other Western leaders not only talk about it, but actually put this report in to action and consider these countries where Christian persecution is taking place and consider what can be done.”
He added “We’d like to see real efforts being made at a political level and an international level to hold these countries to account where Christian persecution is reaching these extreme levels and to use the influence that countries like the UK and other Western countries have to effect positive change in those regions.”
Mr Coleman says the report is helpful in establishing the extreme dangers Christians face across the globe and an encouraging first step in bringing about change.