Christians are the most persecuted religious group in the world; in some locations, the persecution of Christians has reached near-genocide levels, according to a report ordered by UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt.
In addition, “Evidence shows not only the geographic spread of anti-Christian persecution, but also its increasing severity,” the report stated.
The research found that one in three people suffer from religious persecution, reported the BBC.
The worldwide review was led by the Bishop of Truro, the Right Reverend Philip Mounstephen, and requested by Hunt, who noted political correctness was one of the causes preventing the issue from gaining proper attention.
“I think there is a misplaced worry that it is somehow colonialist to talk about a religion that was associated with colonial powers rather than the countries that we marched into as colonizers,” Hunt said.
The foreign secretary also said governments had been “asleep” about the persecution of Christians but that the recent attacks in Sri Lanka had “woken everyone up with an enormous shock.”
Hunt commissioned the report the day after Christmas 2018 amid a public outcry over the treatment of Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman who was held in horrific conditions in a Pakistani prison for 10 years and sentenced to death on trumped up falsified charges.
Upon her release and acquittal by the Pakistani Supreme Court, the UK refused to offer her asylum, citing the “unrest” it would cause among the country’s Muslims. Baying Islamist mobs in Pakistan threatened to kill Bibi and her family if she was released.