Foreign Secretary William Hague said thoughts are with "all those who are denied the right to freedom of religion".
In his Easter message the Foreign Secretary said:
“I would like to send my warmest wishes to all those in the UK and globally who celebrate Easter, and to wish them and their families a very peaceful and happy time.
During this period of family celebration, our thoughts are also with all those who are denied the right to freedom of religion and who face persecution. At Easter, we are particularly conscious of those Christians around the world who find themselves in this situation. The UK will always stand up for universal human rights and oppose discrimination against individuals and groups because of their faith or belief, which is unacceptable in all circumstances.”