The founding father of Christian Solidarity Worldwide has been elected as the brand new Chair of the UK Freedom of Faith or Perception Discussion board (UKFF).
Mervyn Thomas succeeds the Bishop of Truro, Philip Mounstephen, within the position.
“I wish to thank the Bishop of Truro for his large achievements over the previous 12 months, in establishing and main the UK FoRB Discussion board, and am extremely honoured to have been chosen to succeed him,” Mr Thomas mentioned.
The UK FoRB Discussion board brings collectively over 70 civil society teams, religion or perception organisations, and human rights NGOs.
Collectively they’re working to advance the reason for freedom of faith or perception world wide.
It holds common stakeholder conferences attended by the Prime Minister’s Particular Envoy for Freedom of Faith or Perception, and different authorities and parliamentary officers involved about these points.
Previous to his appointment as Chair, Mr Thomas served as a member of the discussion board’s Steering Group.
He has intensive expertise in problems with freedom of faith or perception worldwide, having based CSW over 40 years in the past.
He additionally serves as a member of the British International Secretary’s Human Rights Advisory Group and works carefully with the Prime Minister’s Particular Envoy for FoRB.
He has testified in hearings on the UK Parliament, the European Parliament, the US Congress and the UN Human Rights Council.
Within the 2019 New 12 months Honours Listing, he was appointed a Companion of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in recognition of his providers to human rights and freedom of faith or perception.
Mr Thomas added, “Restrictions on the correct to freedom of faith or perception persist internationally, with non secular and perception communities in numerous nations going through various challenges, both from state or non-state actors.
“I stay up for working carefully with the UKFF stakeholders, and the Prime Minister’s Particular Envoy as we proceed our efforts in the direction of guaranteeing this essential proper turns into a actuality for all.”