This morning, in my capacity as MEP for Wales, I attended the launch of the Annual Report on the State of Freedom of Religion of Belief in the World 2015-2016. I congratulate the work being done by Chairmen and MEPs Peter van Dalen and Dennis de Jong and others working in the European Interparliamentary group.

I echo the statement made by Dennis de Jong MEP:

Regrettably, we observe that the EU, in its external actions, continuously compromises its human rights agenda in favour of a more economic and geopolitical agenda. We have witnessed a concerning lack of expertise and knowledge on the EU Guidelines – especially in EU delegations. I am particularly disappointed that no reporting was undertaken for the focal countries that appeared in our report last year, and urge the EEAS to rectify this for focal countries this year.”

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