UK Expected to Appoint New Special Envoy on Freedom of Religion or Belief


Date:  November 14, 2020

When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers. (Proverbs 21:15)

This week, please pray for the UK Prime Minister to appoint a new Special Envoy on Freedom of Religion or Belief, and that the Special Envoy’s work would help to right situations of injustice around the world.

The post was created in 2018, as a way to ‘promote the UK’s firm stance on religious tolerance abroad, helping to tackle religious discrimination in countries where minority faith groups face persecution.’ Since then both Special Envoys – Lord Ahmad, followed by Rehman Chishti MP – have worked closely with CSW. Mr Chishti visited the CSW office in September 2019 to meet staff and discuss how we could work together to help people suffering for their faith around the world.

Mr Chishti resigned his post in September this year over concerns regarding the Internal Market Bill, which relates to the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. Since then the post has remained vacant, although the government confirmed last month that it will soon appoint a new Special Envoy.

As we have all missed gathering freely to worship, it’s sobering to realise that many have never enjoyed that freedom. And, in fact, the pandemic has made religious minorities even more vulnerable. Your prayers are needed now more than ever.

In summary, please pray:

  • That the UK Prime Minister will soon appoint a new Special Envoy on Freedom of Religion or Belief.
  • That the new Special Envoy will be able to carry out their work effectively despite the restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • For a powerful and moving time of prayer and worship at the IDOP prayer event tomorrow.


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