Saudi Arabia: Religious Freedom:Written question - 239978

Asked by Jim Shannon
Asked on: 02 April 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Saudi Arabia: Religious Freedom
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Saudi Arabian counterpart on (a) reports of the persecution of minorities and (b) the ability to attend religious meetings without fear of persecution in that country.
Answered by: Mark Field
Answered on: 10 April 2019

Saudi Arabia remains a Foreign and Commonwealth Office human rights priority country, particularly because of the use of the death penalty, women’s rights and restrictions on freedom of expression, freedom of assembly and freedom of religion or belief. The British Government strongly supports the right to freedom of religion or belief, which is restricted in Saudi Arabia. We have made these views clear to the Saudi authorities. The UK position was made clear in the UK Statement for Saudi Arabia’s Universal Periodic Review adoption in March 2019.

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