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Speak out for persecuted Christians at your local hustings

The General Election is an excellent opportunity to put the cause of persecuted Christians on the agenda of your election candidates - and ultimately your future MP.

You can do this by asking a question about freedom of religion or belief at your local hustings.

What are hustings? Hustings are events where election candidates debate policies and answer questions from potential voters. The Electoral Commission's hustings guide includes information about the purpose and procedures of hustings events. Hustings are organised by a range of community groups, including many churches. Keep an eye out for hustings events happening in your local area.

What can you ask? Below are a few suggested questions to pick from:

  1. If you become an MP, how will you engage with issues of international freedom of religion or belief?
  2. If your party forms the next government, in which ways will it stand up for freedom of religion or belief around the world?
  3. The international right to freedom of religion or belief can contribute to countering extremism, encouraging economic development, and building resilience within communities. What are your party's plans for protecting the right to freedom of religion or belief in the government’s foreign policy and aid strategy?
  4. A number of potential post-Brexit trade partners feature on the Open Doors' World Watch List, an annual report assessing the 50 most dangerous countries in the world in which to be a Christian. How will your party ensure that each new international trade deal formulated once the UK has left the European Union will respect human rights, including the international right to freedom of religion or belief?

You can download and print the above questions here.

Thank you for speaking out for your persecuted brothers and sisters at your local hustings.

Please let us know what response you receive by emailing advocacy@opendoorsuk.org.

"Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute..."
- Proverbs 31:8-9 NIV