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Iraq: Christianity

Volume 478: debated on Monday 23 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Iraq on the situation of Iraqi Christians resident in Iraq. (210452)

Our diplomatic missions in Iraq and my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy on Human Rights in Iraq regularly raise the need for adequate protection of minority groups with the Government of Iraq. The key to improving the position of vulnerable or minority groups is political reconciliation and further reduction in the violence which is affecting all sectors of Iraqi society. Although we do not support the use of the death penalty, we are encouraged by the recent conviction of the killer of Archbishop Rahho of Mosul as an example of Iraqi commitment to tackling those responsible for violence against minority groups.