The Bishop of St Albans received the following written answer on 31st October 2022:
The Lord Bishop of St Albans asked His Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the recent treatment of Christian minorities in Iran.
Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon (Con): Promoting the right to freedom of religion or belief for all is one of the UK’s longstanding human rights priorities.
In July of this year, the UK hosted the International Freedom of Religion or Belief Conference, which provided an important platform for discussion of religious rights in Iran. We continue to assess that Christians in Iran, particularly recent converts, face arrest, harassment and unfair detention. We raise our concerns with the Iranian authorities on these and other human rights issues at all appropriate opportunities. We continue to work closely with our international partners to hold Iran to account for its poor human rights record, including through the Human Rights Council in Geneva and the UN General Assembly in New York.
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