Clegg: We "strongly support" advisory group on religious freedom

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In Deputy Prime Minister's Questions yesterday, Nick Clegg affirmed his strong support for the active advisory group on international freedom of religion or belief. 

He said, "I am sure everybody is shocked not only by the news but by the litany of abuse, persecution and violence that is inflicted on Christians and all religious denominations that are persecuted minorities around the world."

The Deputy Prime Minister described some actions that the Government is taking to try to counter this, including bilateral engagement and working with partners in international organisations, funding projects, and providing religious literacy training for FCO staff. 

In response to the question of whether a global ambassador for religious freedom should be appointed, Clegg said the Government was keeping an open mind, but that it may not be as beneficial as it seems since such ambassadors in other countries have been excluded from visiting certain countries. 

The text can be found on the Parliamentary Hansard here

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