Religious Freedom:Written question - 226038

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Asked by Tim Farron
(Westmorland and Lonsdale)
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Asked on: 03 March 2015
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Religious Freedom
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many staff in his Department's Human Rights and Democracy section work in the area of freedom of religion or belief.
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Answered by: Mr David Lidington
Answered on: 06 March 2015

Within the Human Rights and Democracy Department (HRDD), the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has one full time Desk Officer wholly dedicated to Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB), who works closely with the Team Leader in the Equalities and Non-Discrimination Team, who themselves spend approximately 50% of their time on FoRB. Additionally, the Head and the Deputy Head of HRDD spend approximately 5% and 20% respectively of their time on FoRB issues; one Human Rights Advisor spends 5% and one HRDD Communications Officer approximately 10%.

As FoRB is one of only six thematic human rights priorities for the FCO, a considerable number of other FCO officials in London and overseas are engaged directly on FoRB as part of their wider human rights work.

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