Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting: Religious Freedom:Written question - 133575

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Asked by Tom Brake
(Carshalton and Wallington)
Asked on: 21 March 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting: Religious Freedom
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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that the right to freedom of religion and belief will (a) be discussed at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting and (b) included in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Joint Communiqué.
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Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 28 March 2018

We are working with fellow member states to negotiate the communiqué for next month's Commonwealth Heads of Government. We do not comment on those negotiations while they are underway. The UK considers freedom of religion and belief to be one of the Commonwealth's core values.

Encouraging member states to uphold the values and principles enshrined in the Commonwealth Charter – which include freedom of religion as well as democracy, freedom of expression, the rule of law and opposition to all forms of discrimination – will be an important part of April's summit.

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