Niger:Written question - 224382

Q
(Belfast North)
Asked on: 12 February 2015
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Niger
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to encourage respect for freedoms of religion, association and speech in Niger.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 24 February 2015

Freedom of expression and freedom of religion and belief continue to be important human rights priorities for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

We were concerned by recent attacks on churches and other buildings in Niger following protests against the publication of the Charlie Hebdo magazine. FCO officials recently met religious groups to discuss these incidents.

We will continue to monitor the situation in Niger closely, both bilaterally and through our international partners such as the European Union and the United Nations.

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