Saudi Arabia: Textbooks:Written question - 182713

Asked by Jo Swinson
(East Dunbartonshire)

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Asked on: 23 October 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Saudi Arabia: Textbooks
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the progress made by Saudi Arabian education authorities in removing from school textbooks (a) incitements to commit jihad, (b) passages describing Christians and Jews in a derogatory manner and (c) passages encouraging extremist ideologies likely to incite hatred of religious minorities within Saudi Arabia.
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 26 October 2018

​The British Government strongly supports the right to freedom of religion or belief, which is restricted in Saudi Arabia. Our views are well known.

A major component of Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030 is educational reform. As the Saudi Minister of Education recently commented, this will take a number of years. During the visit of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the UK in 2018, we signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will enable a partnership in developing educational curricula.

We closely monitor freedom of religion or belief issues in Saudi Arabia.

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