Sinn Féin MLA Bronwyn McGahan has said that religious freedom is a basic human right and no one should be prosecuted for practicing his or her religion.
Speaking during an Assembly debate on ‘Religious Freedom a Human Right’ Ms. McGahan said:
“It is worrying that people are still being persecuted for their religious beliefs in the 21st century. I am also concerned that many countries have passed laws banning homosexuality.
“In many countries across the world we see people imprisoned, tortured and even put to death because of their religious, sexual or political preference and this is wrong and unlawful.
“The international community has a responsibility to highlighting abuses and need to demand that the highest standard of human rights is enforced.
“The threat of execution against 33 Christians in North Korea should be lifted immediately, people should be able to practice their religion free from persecution.
“I am also calling on those countries who recently implemented anti-gay legislation to also lift these threats and rescind any legislation.
“Sinn Féin supports the international community in exposing human rights abuses across the globe.
“We believe that all citizens have the right of equality and protection in practicing their religious views and sexual orientation.”