Campaigners welcome vital review into persecution of Christians

  • John Pontifex

Damaged crucifix, Syria

Damaged crucifix, Syria

Source: ACN/CSW

Aid to the Church in Need (UK) has acknowledged the importance of an independent review into the persecution of Christians released today.

Neville Kyrke-Smith, UK director of the Catholic charity for persecuted and other suffering Christians, praised the report commissioned by Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

The report, for which ACN UK provided research into the extent of persecution in Africa, the Middle East and South Asia, calls for more government action in response to violence of Christians, which is described as being at "near genocidal levels".

Mr Kyrke-Smith said: "We at Aid to the Church in Need are pleased to have been involved in this report.

"It is an encouragement that these issues are finally being recognised at the right level. It is so important that the challenges faced by people of Christian faith and other minorities are recognised by our Foreign & Commonwealth Office.

"There is a vital need to support the Christian presence - as Christians are so often the bridge builders, peace makers and negotiators. We hope that whoever the new Prime Minister may be that he will implement in full the recommendations of this report."

Mr Kyrke-Smith welcomed the recommendations, which include FCO support for #RedWednesday, the initiative in support of persecuted Christians.

Responding to the publication of the report, Christian Solidarity Worldwide's chief executive Mervyn Thomas said: "CSW welcomes every effort that advances the right freedom of religion or belief for all religious communities. This report's recognition of violations targeting Christian communities across the world, many of whom feel their plight is neglected, emphasises the universality of this right by advocating that, along with other targeted religious communities, they too should receive assistance."

Read the report here:

Tags: Persecuted Christians, ACN, Aid to the Church in Need, Neville Kyrke-Smith, Mervyn Thomas, Jeremy Hunt

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