Afghanistan: Human Rights and Religious Freedom:Written question - 186227

Asked by Nigel Dodds
(Belfast North)
Asked on: 31 October 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Afghanistan: Human Rights and Religious Freedom
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Afghan counterpart on human rights and religious freedom in that country.
Answered by: Mark Field
Answered on: 09 November 2018

The UK works closely with the National Unity Government, civil society and the international community to promote the development of human rights in Afghanistan. This continues to be a priority for the UK. We regularly raise human rights issues with the Government of Afghanistan, including the need to protect the rights of all ethnic and religious groups in line with the constitution. The UK condemns in the strongest possible terms the targeting of innocent people based on their beliefs. I publicly condemned the 1 July attack on a group of Sikhs and Hindus in Jalalabad as “a despicable attack on Afghanistan’s historic Sikh and Hindu community”.

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