The Prime Minister’s Christmas message highlighted the plight of Christians around the globe who are suffering for their faith, and he promised to defend them.

Boris Johnson said: “Today of all days, I want us to remember those Christians around the world who are facing persecution. For them, Christmas Day will be marked in private, in secret, per- haps even in a prison cell.

“As Prime Minister, that’s something I want to change. We stand with Christians everywhere, in solidarity, and will defend your right to practise your faith.”

In 2019, the previous government released a report by the Bishop of Truro, which found that Christians are the most persecuted religious group in the world.

The Truro report’s recommendations include sanctions on regimes found to have committed “serious human rights abuses” against religious minorities and creating a Magna Carta Fund dedicated to their protection.

Defence Minister Baroness Goldie assured the House of Lords in early January, “The government intends to implement the recommendations in full.”

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