Recently in Westminster, Robin Walker, MP for Worcester attended the launch event of

Christian Solidarity Worldwide’s (CSW’s) Freedom of Religion or Belief “Parliamentary



Members of the House of Commons and Peers from the House of Lords heard how more

than three quarters of the world’s population live in countries with severe restrictions on

religious freedom. They also received a religious freedom parliamentary toolkit which

recognises the important role MPs and Peers play in promoting religious freedom worldwide

and gives parliamentarians effective tools to press the Government to protect religious

freedom globally.


The Government was represented at the event by Tobias Ellwood MP, Parliamentary Under-

Secretary of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Minister responsible for the

Middle East and North Africa, Central Asia, Afghanistan and Pakistan, Counter Terrorism

and Defence and International Security. Mr. Ellwood sadly lost his brother in the 2002 Bali



CSW has worked to raise awareness of religious freedom violations around the world and

advocated for the right to freedom of religion for those of all faith groups and none for over

thirty years. The UK Government recognises the importance of freedom to worship and

freedom of religious conscience as a key human right and has campaigned for them to be

recognised across the world.


CSW’s Chief Executive Mervyn Thomas said:

“Freedom of religion or belief is a fundamental human right the world over. At a time where

faith communities the world over are being persecuted, it’s more important than ever that our

MPs are loud advocates for religious freedom. To this end, I’m really grateful to Robin.”


Robin said:

“I was pleased to attend CSW’s reception, on behalf of my constituents, as many had

emailed me asking to do so. All over the world, faith groups suffer as a result of their beliefs,

so it’s important to ensure we speak out for everyone’s freedom of religion.”

“Worcester is famous for its beautiful cathedral and it hosts a number of different religious

groups who are able to follow their beliefs and live alongside those with different faiths and

none. We need to make sure more places enjoy this same freedom.”


“One of my constituents, who asked me to attend this event on their behalf, recently raised

their concerns with me against the militarised persecution of Christian believers. We have

seen the persecution of Christians across the world; in Iraq and Syria especially in recent

times. But in northern Nigeria, 90,000 people have been displaced by Boko Haram. I have

previously spoken in the Chamber about these problems. We cannot forget about these



“I have frequently written to the Foreign Office, to raise the strong feelings of my constituents

over people being persecuted for their religious beliefs, and I will continue to support this

fundamental human right and CSW’s work in protecting it.”


Notes to Editors:

For further information please contact Christian Solidarity Worldwide on 020 8329 0045 or

visit Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) is a Christian organisation

working for religious freedom through advocacy and human rights, in the pursuit of justice for