Freedoms Celebrated

GOVERNMENT PLEDGES FULL CO-OPERATION ON 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF UN DECLARATION ON RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION (25/11/06)

To mark the 25th anniversary of the signing of the UN Declaration on the Elimination of Intolerance and Discrimination Based on Religion or Belief, FCO Minister Ian McCartney said:

'On this anniversary, we should celebrate this pivotal declaration which, 25 years on, is still the only international human rights instrument exclusively focused on the matter of religion or belief. The UK condemns all persecution of individuals or groups because of their faith or belief, wherever they happen and whatever the religion.

'The application of universal standards of human rights is a cornerstone of UK foreign policy. However, there still remain areas of the world where incidents of religious discrimination occur. We will continue to raise our concerns on the international stage, and work with other States to promote tolerance and mutual respect, and to protect religious minorities against discrimination, intimidation and attacks.

'The UK fully supports the important work of UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, Asma Jahangir. We urge all Governments to co-operate fully with her.

(Issued by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on 25/11/06)

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