With global persecution of Christians rising, a new report concludes that “countries have to make the cause of those who suffer for their religion or belief the great cause of our time”.

Written by British politician, Lord Alton, Geopolitics: Persecution of Christians around the globe is rising calls on the international community “to be more consistent in its moral outrage rather than denouncing some countries for their suppression of minorities while appeasing others who directly enable jihad through financial support”.

“Western powers are seen as hypocrites when business interests determine responses to human rights abuses,” he adds.

The report concludes by asking if the great faiths can motivate their followers to be “peacemakers, peace-builders, protectors of minorities …Christians, Jews and Muslims privileged to live in free societies have to challenge cold indifference and speak up and defend humanity”.