International Institute for Religious Freedom

UN Security Council adopts resolution to protect religious minorities

The United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution on freedom of religion to protect religious minorities in the Middle East and Africa


A wide view of the Security Council meeting on maintenance of peace and security of Ukraine. © UN Photo/Manuel Elías

Representatives of the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates submitted a resolution calling on the United Nations Security Council members to protect Christians in the Middle East, deploring acts of violence against people based on their religion or belief, and targeting their residences and places of worship.

Following the recommendation made in the Independent Review for the UK Foreign Secretary of Foreign and Commonwealth Office Support for Persecuted Christians, which is also known as the Truro Report and was published in 2019 at the request of the Ministry of Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom, the United Kingdom pushed for this resolution.

The Observatory on Religious Freedom in Latin America (OLIRE), a partner of the International Institute for Religious Freedom (IIRF) contributed to the Truro Report. While the resolution does not refer to minorities in Latin America, it creates a valuable precedent that protects minorities around the world, which supports the work of IIRF and its partners.

We celebrate the unanimous vote of the members of the United Nations Security Council to adopt the resolution.

The full text of the resolution on “Tolerance and International Peace and Security” can be accessed here.