South Shropshire MP Philip Dunne confirmed his support for persecuted Christians at a recent event in the House of Commons.
As part of a cross party group of 123 MPs, Mr Dunne attended the launch of Open Doors’ 2020 World Watch List launch – an annual ranking of the 50 countries where Christians face the most extreme persecution.
The event included speeches from Pastor Abdalla from Syria, and Sunil from Sri Lanka, both of whom spoke first-hand about Christian persecution.
Mr Dunne said: “I was pleased to attend the launch of Open Doors’ 2020 World Watch List, to show my support for persecuted Christians around the world.
I do feel strongly the UK has a role to play in ending this persecution, and my Christmas message to constituents last month highlighted the plight of many Christians, as well as those of other faiths around the world, who face punishment and even death just for practising their faith.
I applaud the work Jeremy Hunt did as Foreign Secretary to ask the Bishop of Truro to look into what more the government can do to protect Christians around the world, and I shall be pressing the government to enact his recommendations.”
Sunil, who worked closely with the injured and mourning after the Easter church attacks in Sri Lanka, shared his hope for everyone in Sri Lanka to: “worship together without resistance and violence.”
Pastor Abdalla, who runs the Centre of Hope in Aleppo, spoke about the situation in Syria: “Because of the dangers to the Christian community from extremists, Christians are leaving the country in great numbers. More than 60% of Syria’s Christians have left the country. But we are determined to stay.
Please do not forget the Christian community in Syria. We are a minority, and yet we are determined to do all we can to rebuild and strengthen our country."