RLP Holds Roundtable on Covid-19 and Religious Minorities

The Religious Liberty Partnership (RLP) held a Roundtable forum on Covid-19 and its impact on religious minorities on Tuesday, June 9.  Ninety five people from 28 countries participated and heard from several key leaders addressing how the Covid-19 pandemic has caused serious issues for people in many different countries.

“The Roundtable was a real opporunity for religious freedom practitioners from around the world to come together and hear from expert speakers how Covid-19 is putting added pressure on religious minorities who are already suffering for their faith,” said Roundtable Moderator Mervyn Thomas, CEO of CSW, UK and Chairman of the RLP.

Resource speakers for the RLP Roundtable included Tehmina Arora of the Alliance Defending Freedom in India; Cecil Chaudhry of the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace in Pakistan; Bob Fu of ChinaAid in the USA; and Godfrey Yogarajah of the World Evangelical Alliance.

“The nearly 100 people in attendance left the event armed with new information and an energized determination to stand up and speak out for those deprived of the right to freedom of religion or belief,” said Thomas.

Though unavailable for the public due to security concerns, the recording from the RLP Roundtable will be made available to the members of the RLP.  In addition, post-Roundtable resources documenting the impact of Covid-19 on religious minority communities will be made available on the RLP website soon.

The Religious Liberty Partnership (RLP) is a collaborative effort of Christian organisations from every continent focused on religious liberty for all.  The RLP seeks to more intentionally work together in addressing advocacy, research, assistance, and in raising the awareness of religious persecution globally.

For more information on the RLP or the RLP Roundtable, contact Brian O’Connell at: [email protected]