Bishop of Coventry – Syria (Written Answer)

On 1st December 2014, the Bishop of Coventry, the Rt Revd Christopher Cocksworth, received an answer to a written question on freedom of religion or belief in Syria.

13.10 Bishop of CoventryThe Lord Bishop of Coventry: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Foreign Secretary, in his meeting with Hadi al-Bahra on 10 November, discussed the Syrian Opposition’s commitment to guarantee freedom of religion or belief for all religious minorities in Syria.[HL3101]

The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Anelay of St Johns): These issues were not raised on this occasion. We have in the past pressed the National Coalition to be inclusive, respecting all sections of Syrian society including ethnic and religious minorities. The National Coalition has made strenuous efforts to broaden its membership base which includes Kurds, Christians and other religious and ethnic groups demonstrating that it has a democratic and pluralistic vision for Syria.