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Baroness Cox Questions for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office Nigeria: Christianity

Two Written Questions for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Nigeria: Christianity. Asked 23 November 2020

1) To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have provided assistance to any programmes which support Christian communities in Nigeria's Middle Belt region since 2018; and if so, which programmes. 

Answered 3 December 2020 By Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon (Conservative, Life peer)

The Government works with a range of partners in Nigeria but does not allocate aid on the basis of faith or religion. Since 2018, the Government has provided funding to Christian NGOs, including the Christian Blind Mission and the Christian Association of Nigeria. The FCDO works with the Christian Association of Nigeria alongside other faith-based organisations to support community peacebuilding and conflict management efforts. The FCDO has also provided funding for Christian Aid and the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development to support communities recently displaced due to violence in Kaduna State, which includes Christian communities. We continue to encourage the Government of Nigeria to take urgent action to protect those at risk of intercommunal violence, to bring perpetrators to justice and to implement long-term solutions that address the root causes of violence and meet the needs of all communities.

This question is grouped with 1 other question: Original source: HL10587


2) Baroness Cox asked Her Majesty's Government whether they employ any staff based in Nigeria’s Middle Belt region who are responsible for monitoring (1) religious persecution, and (2) human rights abuses, in those states. Asked 23 November 2020

Answered 3 December 2020 By Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon (Conservative, Life peer)

The UK Government maintains a network of regional offices in Nigeria, including in Kaduna State. This network facilitates information gathering and engagement with state governments for our High Commission in Abuja. The network monitors human rights issues, including freedom of religion and belief. We will continue to make clear to the Nigerian authorities at the highest levels the importance of protecting human rights for all.

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