Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSI), a human rights organisation campaigning for spiritual freedom, has written to UK Overseas Secretary Jeremy Hunt welcoming his authorities’s announcement of a overview into the plight of persecuted Christians world wide.It comes amid a surge in instances of violence towards Christians in components of the Center East, Asia and Africa the place Christianity shouldn’t be the dominant religion. Final yr round 250 Christians have been killed each month on account of their religion, twice the variety of the earlier yr, the federal government says.In his letter to Mr Hunt, CSI Worldwide Administration Chairman Dr John Eibner famous a “urgent want” for such an initiative firstly of 2019, a yr that threatens to see violence towards Christian minorities improve additional. Latest years have seen Christians pushed out of their conventional homelands in Iraq and Syria specifically, within the face of the unfold of radical Islamism – a phenomenon labeled as “genocide” in 2016 by then US Secretary of State John Kerry.“We concur together with your remark that ‘Christianity [is] on the verge of extinction in its birthplace’, and that the state of affairs of Christians in lots of different components of the world is ‘deeply perilous’,” Dr Eibner wrote.“I belief that the overview will have the ability to deal with conditions the place Christian communities are presently going through existential threats (Center East), mass systematic violence (Nigeria) or the prohibition of the observe of Christianity (Saudi Arabia and North Korea).”Concerning the existential risk to Christians and different susceptible minorities from extremist types of Islamism, Dr Eibner made two coverage proposals to the UK authorities:First, the termination of what a British diplomat within the Center East referred to as practically 70 years in the past the “fastened coverage” of the UK authorities of refraining from elevating the difficulty of anti-Christian discrimination for concern of offending the massive variety of Muslims underneath British rule.And second, to finish all army and ideological programmes that gasoline the persecution of Christians. Dr Eibner famous that such programmes, aimed toward geopolitical adversaries, have been carried out by the UK authorities from the early 20th century when it supported the Home of Saud’s radical Wahhabi takeover of the Arabian peninsula. Comparable programmes have been additionally carried out all through the Chilly Struggle – most notably within the form of assist for the Mujahideen in Afghanistan – and most not too long ago within the effort to attain regime change in Syria.Dr Eibner has additionally written to the Bishop of Truro, the Rt Reverend Phiip Mounstephen, who will head the inquiry, providing assist.The UK authorities introduced its overview on Christmas Day 2018, admitting that it was not doing sufficient to deal with the difficulty of persecution towards Christians.About CSIChristian Solidarity Worldwide (CSI) is a Christian human rights organisation selling reli-gious liberty and human dignity. About John EibnerJohn Eibner is the creator of The Way forward for Non secular Minorities within the Center East, Lexington Books, 2018, www.middle-east-minorities.com For extra info, please contactAdrian [email protected]