Why the Special Envoy on Freedom of Religion or Belief role is invaluable

Dec 8, 2019 by

by Mervyn Thomas, Christian Today:

The role of Special Envoy on Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB) is less than 18 months old, but with a mandate to bring together efforts “across the UK Government, with faith actors and civil society to promote the UK’s firm stance on religious tolerance abroad,” it must remain a key feature of any incoming government.

The post was created in July 2018, by Conservative Prime Minister, Theresa May, who appointed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon as the first Special Envoy on FoRB, a post he held alongside his other duties as Minister of State for the Commonwealth, UN and South Asia, and the Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict.

In September 2019, Prime Minister Boris Johnson appointed Rehman Chishti MP as Lord Ahmad’s successor, who, despite being only the second Special Envoy, is also the first person in the government whose role is solely dedicated to FoRB.

Now, as the general election approaches, the Labour Party has pledged to “appoint a Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief to work across government to promote Freedom of Religious Belief in the UK and abroad”, while the Liberal Democrats have stated that they will “Appoint an Ambassador-level Champion for Freedom of Belief.”

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