Catholic World News

UK report calls for greater fairness in assessing refugees’ religious persecution claims

June 14, 2016

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for International Freedom of Religion or Belief has called upon UK government workers to address asylum requests on grounds of religious persecution in a more “fair and humane” way.

“Over the years, some applications have been turned down with the argument that if a Copt was persecuted in one part of Egypt, they could be safe if they moved to another part of the country,” the report stated. “This relocation argument is not valid, because the widespread media, nationwide radical organizations and nationwide community relations, relocation does not protect an individual who has already faced life threatening condition.”

The report also referred to the case of a judge who asserted that an applicant, despite the attestation of a priest, was “clearly not a Christian” because he was ignorant of Friday abstinence rules.

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