Jeremy Hunt hopes for international coalition to tackle poor levels of religious freedom

By Abigail Frymann Rouch | Church Times

The Foreign Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has said that he hopes to “build an international coalition” of like-minded countries united by concerns about poor levels of religious freedom around the world.

Speaking at the launch of the review of British support for persecuted Christians on Wednesday, at the Foreign Office, he said that he also hoped its findings would ensure that he was well briefed to raise issues concerning religious freedom, “and, in particular, the rights of Christians”, when meeting prime ministers and foreign ministers from around the world.

Addressing an audience of journalists, clergy, and religious-freedom activists, he argued that freedom of worship was not only “a fundamental human right” but also an “invisible line between open and closed societies”.