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Afghanistan: Religious Freedom

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 16 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports his Department has received on the treatment of religious minorities in Afghanistan. (321657)

Promoting human rights is integral to building a stable democracy in Afghanistan. We condemn all instances where individuals are persecuted because of their faith or belief and take every opportunity to urge Afghanistan to implement laws and practices which foster tolerance and mutual respect. This includes full implementation of those norms laid out in the 1981 UN Declaration on the Elimination of all Forms of Intolerance and of Discrimination Based on Religion or Belief. We receive regular updates on the human rights situation in Afghanistan, including on the treatment of religious minorities, from organisations such as the UN and non-governmental organisations. We have not received any confirmed reports of mistreatment of religious minorities in Afghanistan. Our embassy in Kabul continues to follow the human rights situation on the ground closely and raise matters of concern with the Afghan Government.