The co-authored report by Brunel Law School's Professor Javaid Rehman on the Freedom of Religion or Belief in the UK for the All Party Parliametary Group (APPG) was launched in the Houses of Parliament on 25 October 2017.
Similar to his previous reports in 2013 and 2016, the 2017 report, titled Article 18: From Rhetoric to Reality, is making specific concrete suggestions for changes in laws and policies relating to discrimination and persecution in the name of religion or belief.
As confirmed by Jim Shannon MP, Chair of the APPG, in light of recommendations of the 2017 report, Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) Minister of State Lord Ahmad and Mark Field have reissued the FCO toolkit and have also asked all British embassies and high commissions to report on what they are doing to advance freedom of religion or belief.
Several recommendations from Professor Rehman’s 2017 report are also currently under consideration by the relevant ministers.
Click the images below to read the full 2017 report, Article 18: From Rhetoric to Reality, and the full 2016 report, Freedom of Religion or Belief in Pakistan and UK Government Policy: APPG for International Freedom of Religion or Belief Parliamentary Inquiry Full Report.