Written question HL430: The Lord Bishop of Coventry 04-07-2017

Asked on: 04 July 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Lords
Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the government of Tajikistan’s commitment to freedom of religion of belief following the decision by the State Committee for Religious Affairs to ban anyone under the age of 40 from participating in the August Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca.
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Answered by: Baroness Goldie
Answered on: 18 July 2017

The restrictions on freedom of religion in Tajikistan are a growing concern and indicative of Tajikistan's heavy-handed approach to countering extremism. Our Embassy in Dushanbe raises concerns over human rights issues both bilaterally and in collaboration with the EU and like-minded partners​.

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