The UK government has been urged to use its platform at the UN to highlight persecution around the world.
During a recent Parliamentary debate which coincided with a UN human rights council summit – ministers were warned that there were many people across the world who – because of their faith – were being persecuted.
Christian and Democratic Unionists MP, Jim Shannon outlined five areas of concern: The violence against Christian farmers by herdsmen in Nigeria – blasphemy and religious conversion laws in Nepal – the persecution of people in Iran – forced conversions in Pakistan – and abuses of religious freedoms in Eritrea.
The Minister for Asia and the Pacific, Mark Field said the government was committed to defending religious freedom.
He said they would try to voice some of those matters at the Commonwealth Heads of Government meet next month.