Fiona, in her capacity as the UK Prime Minister's Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief, has co-signed a joint international statement on the situation in Afghanistan.
The full statement, published by the International Religious Freedom or Belief Alliance, is below.
"As members, friends, and observers of the International Religious Freedom or Belief Alliance, we call on all parties in Afghanistan to work in good faith to establish an inclusive and representative government, with the meaningful participation of women and minority groups, including members of religious minority groups, that respects the rights of all individuals.
We hold grave concerns for the human rights of the people of Afghanistan and in particular for members of religious minority groups who are at risk, including Shi’a and Ismaili Muslims, Hazaras, Hindus, Sikhs, Christians, non-believers, and others. We call upon all parties and international agencies to recognize the vulnerabilities of these individuals being targeted because of their faith or belief.
We call for adherence to obligations under international human rights law, including the rights of members of religious minority groups, and obligations under international humanitarian law.
We affirm our enduring commitment to the people of Afghanistan, including through a renewed humanitarian effort by the international community."
Albania, Armenia, Australia, Brazil, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sovereign Order of Malta, Sweden, United Kingdom Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief, and the United States.