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News: Government is 'institutionally biased' against Christian refugees from Syria, claims former Archbishop of Canterbury



Lord Carey: 'The British government is not just breaking its manifesto pledge to look after Christian refugees, it also appears to be breaking the law' Credit: Greg Blatchford /Alamy Live News

 


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Olivia Rudgard, 13 April 2017

 

Lord Carey claimed that "politically correct" officials were "institutionally biased" against Christian refugees, who are underrepresented in the numbers being moved to the UK. 

His comments came as Russian and American diplomats agreed to restore dialogue over the crisis in Syria following a week of escalating tensions that ended in Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin exchanging barely veiled insults.

Rex Tillerson, the US Secretary of State, and Sergey Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, said both countries would back a UN investigation into last week’s deadly poison gas attack in the country's northwestern Idlib province.

The statements came after marathon talks in Moscow which included a two-hour discussion in which Mr Tillerson tried to persuade Russian president Vladimir Putin to abandon support for Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.  

Figures show that less than 1 per cent of the Syrian refugees resettled under a flagship Government scheme in the third quarter of last year were Christians.   

Lord Carey said: “In the run-up to Easter British taxpayers will be appalled by this institutional bias against Christians by politically correct officials.

"In this the British government is not just breaking its manifesto pledge to look after Christian refugees, it also appears to be breaking the law.”

His view is supported by a legal opinion from a human rights barrister which suggests that Syrian Christians are subject to "indirect discrimination" under European human rights laws. 

Christians have been targeted by Isil in Syria alongside other minority groups including Yazidis and Shia Muslims.

Members of these groups have been killed, tortured and driven from their homes. 

But figures from Christian charity Barnabas Fund show that the Government's Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme, which resettles refugees from Syria, has accepted a tiny number of Christians since September 2015.





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