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A global summit to promote freedom of religion or belief (FORB) by the UK government began in London on Tuesday. At the beginning of its summit, the UK Foreign Secretary also raised questions on the issue of persecution of Hindus in the wake of increasing threats to religious freedom around the world.
UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said during a speech at a conference at the Queen Elizabeth II Center in London that freedom of religion or belief is a fundamental freedom such as free speech or democracy, but more than 80 percent of the world’s population lives in those countries. where freedom of religion or belief is at risk.
While hosting the summit, the UK also cited centuries of horrific persecution of the Jewish community, the Chinese government’s targeting of Uighur Muslims in the Xinjiang region, persecution of Christians in Nigeria and the plight of minorities in Afghanistan. The UK said that these are just a few examples. We know that Hindus, humanists and many others are prosecuted and persecuted for their faith and belief.
During this he accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of heinous war crimes committed by Russian soldiers in the context of the Russia-Ukraine conflict. UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said innocent civilians were taking refuge in places of worship to escape Russia’s indiscriminate bombings. Churches and mosques are buried under the rubble. Inaugurating the convention, Prince Charles said there should be a society where difference is respected, where it is acknowledged that not everyone needs to think alike.
The two-day summit on July 5 and 6 will promote collective action to promote respect among various religious and non-religious communities around the world. The purpose of the event is to bring together international governments and cult leaders to ensure that everyone everywhere can practice their religion or belief freely. The UK will also announce a new £200,000 support for the protection and promotion of freedom of religion or belief. It will support awareness campaigns, community programs and conflict prevention, as well as provide direct assistance to those facing discrimination based on religion or belief. More than 600 government and civil society leaders from 100 countries have attended the conference. Previously the US and Poland had organized previous FORB events.