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A Christian organization is calling out both the United Nations and the United Kingdom for discriminating against persecuted Christians in their refugee programs.

According to Barnabas Aid, the U.K. government has colluded with the U.N. to use an “overwhelming majority” of the refugee slots available from the Middle East for Sunni Muslims “who are the majority in Syria.”

“But Christians, and other minorities have been repeatedly targeted for attack” by Islamic jihadist groups such as ISIS, the new report said.

Further, the organization reported that the U.K. government tried to conceal what it was doing in partnership with the U.N.

Barnabas Aid said that last week it “finally obtained figures proving that the U.N. has only recommended tiny token numbers of Syrian Christians, Yazidis and other minorities for resettlement in the U.K.”

“The overwhelming majority of refugees recommended by the U.N. have been Sunni Muslims who form the majority in Syria.”

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The group said numbers obtained in a Freedom of Information Request to the Home Office showed in 2015 that out of 2,637 refugees pushed to the U.K. by the U.N., only 43 were Christian, just 13 were Yazidi and there was only one Shia Muslim.

“In 2016 the statistics were even worse. Out of 7,499 refugees there were only 27 Christians, five Yazidis and 13 Shia Muslims,” the organization reported.

“Disturbingly, U.K. officials tried to prevent the release of this information. Barnabas Aid submitted a freedom of Information request to the U.K. Home Office in February. And in spite of being legally required to release it within 28 days, officials failed to do so and repeatedly stalled or simply did not answer correspondence.

“Eventually, Barnabas Aid lodged a formal complaint with the Information Commissioner’s office. On 19 September the Information Commissioner issued a formal notice requiring the Home Office to release this information within 35 calendar days or face contempt of court proceedings. Even then, the information was only released at the very last minute after Barnabas Aid had contacted the immigration minister’s office, alerting him to the situation and asking him personally to ensure civil servants complied with the order,” the ministry reported.

Martin Parsons, the chief of research for the ministry, said it’s “shocking behavior by both U.N. and U.K. officials.”

“In 2005 the U.N. formally adopted the responsibility of states to protect citizens from genocide and crimes against humanity. These statistics show that the U.N. has itself failed miserably and inexcusably in this respect,” said “Christians and other minorities in the Middle East have been treated shamefully by the U.N. And the U.K. government has abjectly outsourced its own responsibilities to the victims of genocide in spite of repeated representations,” he added.

Similar concerns have been raised over refugees dispatched to the United States under the politicized programs of the U.N.

Vice President Mike Pence recently announced that the U.S. government would start sending aid directly to persecuted Christians in the Middle East, cutting out the United Nations as the middle man.

Pence warned of the genocide inflicted on religious minorities there, and despite the U.S. government’s dispatch of about $1 billion in aid through the U.N., “Christians and persecuted peoples of the Middle East have not been getting the relief they need.”

Pence said a change is in the works.

“The United Nations has too often failed to help the most vulnerable communities especially religious minorities. The result has been that countless people continue to suffer and struggle needlessly. Here’s the sad reality. The United Nations claims that more than 160 projects are in Christian areas, but for one-third of those projects there are no Christians to help. The believers in Nineveh, Iraq have had less than 2 percent of their housing needs addressed and the majority of Christians and Yazidis remain in shelters. While faith based groups with proven track records and deep roots in these communities are more than willing to assist, the United Nations too often denies their funding requests,” Pence said.

“My friends those days are over. Our friends and all who are persecuted in the Middle East should not have to rely on multinational institutions when America can help them directly. And tonight it is my privilege to announce that President Trump has ordered the State Department to stop funding ineffective relief efforts at the United Nations and from this day forward America will provide support directly to persecuted communities directly through USAID. We will no longer rely on the United Nations alone to assist persecuted Christians and minorities.”

Barnabas Aid previously published a manifesto urging seven actions to save Christian populations in the Middle East from elimination.

First comes the recognition that “without specific urgent action now, there is a very real danger that Christian communities will have ceased to exist in large parts of the Middle East by the time of the next general election in 2022.”

The recommendations are addressed to the U.K. government, but they apply to other Western governments that are capable of taking action.

“Soon after the 2003 Western-led military intervention in Iraq a targeted campaign of church bombings, kidnapping, and assassination of church leaders began,” the report explains. “Consequently, although only 3-4 percent of the Iraqi population were Christians, roughly a third of all Iraqis who have fled the country are Christians. When the Syrian civil war started in 2011, anti-Christian violence soon began there too. One of the jihadi groups targeting them evolved into IS. Christians and other non-Muslim minorities such as Yazidis have been executed and enslaved as jihadists seek to religiously cleanse the area of ancient communities such as Christians and Yazidis who have lived alongside Muslims for centuries, and very harmoniously in recent generations.”

The government, the manifesto states, should commit to protecting Christians and other minorities facing the threat of genocide in Iraq and Syria, and charge the United Nations Security Council and International Criminal Court with investigating and prosecuting such crimes.

Barnabas Fund notes 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

“In these five centuries the U.K. has led the world in developing freedom of religion and spreading it across the world. Yet freedom of religion is now significantly under attack. There is a very real threat that entire Christian communities, which have existed in large areas of the Middle East since the first century of Christianity, will quite literally have been eliminated by the time of the next U.K. general election in 2022.

“This threat is not limited to the Middle East. Similar religious cleansing is also happening in places such as northern Nigeria and Somalia. The rise of persecution of Christians is due not simply to jihadi violence, but also to the formal introduction of Shariah, particularly blasphemy and apostasy laws, in an increasing number of countries.”

Freedom of religion includes, the report says, the freedom to practice a faith, freedom of worship, freedom to build churches, freedom to choose a faith system, the freedom to preach and evangelize, and the absence of any requirement for people to hold a particular worldview.

Secondly, the report said, the U.K. should recognize that other jihadi groups, as well as ISIS, “are targeting Christians and other minorities, not only in the Middle East but also in other parts of the world.”

No. 3 is that the U.K. government “should take action to address the disproportionate under-representation of Syrian Christians among refugees referred for resettlement in the U.K.”

“Last year less than 2 percent of all Syrian refugees … were Christians. This is despite it being widely accepted that they constituted around 10 percent of the Syrian population. It is also widely recognized that they are specifically targeted by IS and other jihadi groups.”

No. 4 is that the government “should take active steps to combat the global spread of Islamic blasphemy laws and other laws or practices that have similar effects in muzzling free expression.”

There’s been a surge, the report says, in prosecutions of Christians for “alleged Islamic blasphemy and vigilante violence against those, often falsely, accused.”

The problem is so bad that in some countries where Shariah’s blasphemy prohibitions are enforced, a “mandatory death sentence can potentially be used against a Christian for simply stating certain aspects of the Christian faith.”

Fifth is a call for a report to the government on religious persecution, and No. 6 is a renewal to a commitment to Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights “to protect the rights of all U.K. residents who choose to convert to Christianity or any other religion or non-religious belief system.”

Finally, the report calls on the government to “recognize the increasing pressure on Christians in the public sector and public life to affirm beliefs contrary to historic biblical Christianity

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