Simpson raises persecutions

Upper Bann MP David Simpson has raised the issue of those across the world who are being persecuted as a result of freely expressing their faith.

Mr Simpson raised his concerns during two debates in Westminster in which human rights in Saudi Arabia and Burma were highlighted.

Mr Simpson said some Christian believers in these countries cannot even seek permanent work, nor can they openly use a bible or any Christian symbols, “Surely more pressure can be brought to bear for the defence of Christians and their beliefs.”

Katy Clark MP, who was hosting the debate, said there needed to be a “consistent position in relation to the defence of the rights of people to hold their religious views”.

Mr Simpson said: “I am fairly happy with the acknowledgment the Government has given to defend the rights of Christian people across the world. This is a massive issue that affects thousands across the world and it is a sad reflection on society when people have to hide in their homes to practice their faith.”