The UN General Assembly has designated an International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief.
Acts of intolerance and violence based on religion or belief against individuals, and the number of these often criminal incidents are increasing, it said.
It also highlighted that states are responsible for promoting and protecting human rights, including the human rights of people belonging to religious minorities.
Lord Alton, APPG Vice-Chair, said that on August 22, the International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief, all victims who suffer should be remembered, and others must not be forgotten at a time when the world is focussing on Afghanistan where they are also in need of help.
In recognition of this day, the APPG is supporting Prisoners of Conscience, the beginning of a long term programme which will be launched in Parliament next month.
It will link people imprisoned because of their religion or belief to individual parliamentarians who will advocate on their behalf.