IICSA and CofE: Chichester, Wk 1

Timetable for next week’s public hearing

From 5-23 March, the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) will conduct its first public hearing  into the extent of any institutional failures to protect children from sexual abuse within the Anglican Church. The Week 1 timetable for in the Diocese of Chichester case study has now been published and Continue reading

The House of Commons debates freedom of religion or belief

On 1 March, the House of Commons held a debate in Westminster Hall on freedom of religion or belief (FORB), introduced by Jim Shannon (Strangford) (DUP), Chair of the All-party Parliamentary Group for International Freedom of Religion or Belief, which – he pointed out, “speaks on behalf of those with Christian belief, those with other beliefs and those with no belief”. The purpose of the debate was to highlight FORB issues that the Government might raise at the UN Human Rights Council.

Shannon wished to raise issues such as the continued state-sponsored persecution of the Baha’is in Iran and forced conversion in Pakistan; however, issues of perceived religious discrimination in the United Kingdom were also raised – and the extracts from the debate in this brief summary concentrate on those.

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