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British government interim report on persecuted religious believers

Approximately 80 percent of those persecuted for their religious beliefs are Christians, according to an interim report prepared for the British government.

The Rt. Rev. Philip Mounstephen, Anglican bishop of Truro, which is located in the United Kingdom, prepared an interim report focused on persecuted Christians, delivering it to the Foreign & Commonwealth Office last Friday.

According to the lengthy interim report, 80 percent of persecuted believers around the world are Christians, with Bishop Mounstephen labeling it “an inconvenient truth.”

The interim report derives from the research by the International Society for Human Rights, and cited others, including a Pew Research Center study from 2017 which found that Christians were targeted for their beliefs in 144 countries.

“Christians have been harassed in more countries than any other religious group and have suffered harassment in many of the heavily Muslim countries of the Middle East and North Africa,” stated Pew, as quoted in the interim report.

The report went as far as to say that Christian persecution worldwide was not only increasing, but “arguably coming close to meeting the international definition of genocide.”

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Photo: Philip Mountstephen, Anglican bishop of Truro ( 

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