The Catholic Church stands up for human rights across the world. We work closely with the local Church in many other countries and their experiences shape our engagement with the UK Foreign Office
Last year Pope Francis reminded the world that “every person has the right to profess his or her own religious creed freely and without constraint.” Promoting freedom of religion or belief for all is a central part of our work, including through the recent inquiry into persecution of Christians commissioned by the Foreign Office.
We are working particularly closely with the Church in Iraq, where many religious groups targeted by Daesh are still displaced and facing huge challenges to rebuild their homes. Other international human rights priorities include promoting global abolition of the death penalty, something which Pope Francis has taken a lead on throughout his papacy.