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2022 FoRB Ministerial

Speak out on behalf of our persecuted family by inviting your MP to prioritise attending the 2022 Freedom of Religion or Belief Ministerial in London.

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Alarmingly, one in seven Christians face persecution and discrimination globally.

That’s 360 million Christians whose freedom of religion or belief is violated. The patterns of persecution need to be addressed.
The London 2022 FoRB Ministerial (5-6 July) is a unique opportunity to do this.

Speak out on behalf of our persecuted family by inviting your MP to prioritise attending the 2022 Freedom of Religion or Belief Ministerial in London.

Invite Your MP

Three areas of religious persecution

1. Islamic extremism

Islamic extremism and persecution in Nigeria have grown year on year. Now similar patterns of persecution are spreading across West Africa. Jihadists across the region are further emboldened by the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan.

This puts Christians and other religious minorities at greater risk of attack. We need to act.

Hear how to at the Open Doors 2022 FoRB Ministerial event.

Deacon Lankoandé
Deacon Lankoandé was killed by suspected Jihadists in Sebba, Burkina Faso. In the same attack the gunmen abducted and subsequently killed the pastor of the church, his son and two nephews. The pastor’s two daughters were kidnapped and later released.

2. Gender-specific religious persecution

Persecutors target Christian women to destabilise whole Christian communities. Christian women and girls experience persecution that is hidden, violent and complex. The tactics used exploit the compounded vulnerability of both faith and gender to cause the greatest damage.

UK Government needs to recognise this specific persecution in policy in order to see change.

Ruth
Ruth was 14 when Boko Haram kidnapped her and forced her into ‘marriage’. When she managed to escape, she faced stigma for having had children.

3. Digital persecution

Digital persecution is the new frontier for human rights. Technological advances have accelerated the persecution and discrimination against Christians and other religious minorities through surveillance, censorship and disinformation. Covid-19 has expanded the influence of technology for monitoring purposes.

This requires urgent political attention.

Chinese Church
Surveillance cameras in a government sanctioned church, China.

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