International campaigns

Barnet is one of the country’s most diverse boroughs, with residents from an immensely wide range of different cultural, religious, ethnic and national backgrounds. Theresa’s campaigning priorities reflect that diversity with a focus on a number of issues looking out to the wider world. Some of these include:

  • Supporting the cause of a free and united Cyprus, gaining assurances from the Prime Minister that Britain would support the talks aimed at delivering a negotiated settlement;
  • Working extensively to combat antisemitism and speaking up in Parliament in support of the state of Israel;
  • Working with Chipping Barnet’s Tamil community to highlight the plight of Tamils in Sri Lanka and issues resulting from the country’s long civil war;
  • Bringing MPs together in Parliament to support Christians facing persecution around the world;
  • Raising concerns about oppression and human rights abuse in Iran.

Read more about current and past campaigns:

A reunited Cyprus

For 20 years, Theresa has been campaigning for justice for Cyprus and supporting efforts to reunify the island. She gained assurances from former Prime Minister May at PMQs that the UK Government would give its full support the talks between President Anastasiades and Mustapha Akinci to secure a negotiated settlement for a free and united Cyprus.

She has met four successive President of Cyprus. She has also had countless meetings with UK Europe Ministers and Foreign Secretaries to urge them to ensure the British Government takes every step it can to assist in efforts to reach a just, balanced and last settlement between the two sides in Cyprus.

July 2019: 45th anniversary of the invasion of Cyprus: Theresa Villiers speaks out

May 2019: Barnet MPs condemn Turkish violation of Cyprus EEZ

March 2019: Theresa Villiers celebrates 20 years of support for Cyprus

February 2019: Theresa Villiers urges UK Government to support a settlement for a free and united Cyprus

January 2019: Theresa Villiers celebrates Cypriot culture with Vasilopita cake-cutting ceremony

October 2018: Conservatives for Cyprus host Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt

July 2018: Theresa Villiers renews her support for a free and united Cyprus

July 2018: No direct flights to north of Cyprus: Grayling gives assurance to Villiers

April 2018: Happy Easter to the Cypriot community

February 2018: Villiers protests about Turkish warships obstructing oil and gas extraction in Cyprus EEZ 

October 2017: Conservative Friends of Cyprus host Boris at annual party conference reception

October 2017: Conservative Friends of Cyprus meet Committee on Missing Persons

October 2017: Villiers attends 2017 Morphou Rally in Cyprus

July 2017: Conservatives call for Cypriot unity on 43rd anniversary of invasion

May 2017: An 18 year track record of supporting freedom for Cyprus

April 2017: Cypriot community shows support for Theresa Villiers MP

February 2017: Villiers visits Cyprus to express support for efforts to reunify the island

January 2017: Europe Minister assures MPs that UK will take all steps to support a Cyprus solution

November 2016: Villiers brings Cyprus and Israel groups together in Parliament

October 2016: Support for Barnet twin town Morphou

October 2016: Hope for a reunited Cyprus: Villiers speaks up at Conservative Party Conference

September 2016: A free and united Cyprus: Villiers receives assurances from PM

January 2016: Will 2016 see progress on Cyprus settlement?


Supporting the persecuted church around the world

Theresa is gravely concerned about the discrimination and violence faced by Christians in many countries around the world. For the past two years, Theresa has brought MPs together in Parliament to discuss the ‘World Watch List’ produced by the Open Doors charity: a list of 50 countries where Christians face persecution because of their faith. The 2017 report highlights the link between the increase in religious persecution and the global migrant crisis. She has continued to host the launch of the Open Doors report including an event this year.

January 2018: Barnet MP launches World Watch List 2018 on persecution of Christians

March 2017: Questions to the Church Commissioner on helping victims of famine in South Sudan

January 2017: Persecuted Christians receive support from MP

January 2016: Launch of ‘World Watch List’

January 2015: Chipping Barnet MP at Religious Freedom Report Launch


Campaigning for justice for Tamils in Sri Lanka

After her Tamil constituents came to see her to set out their concerns about war crimes committed during the military conflict in Sri Lanka, Theresa pledged to support their campaign for accountability for those responsible. She is working with the Tamil community to promote a negotiated settlement to deliver justice and political equality for Tamils in Sri Lanka. She helped set up the British Tamil Conservatives to encourage this minority community to get involved in politics and ensure their voice is heard. She was also one of the founder members of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Tamils when it was recently re-established.

Theresa also visit the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva to lobby the delegates there to ensure that the Government of Sri Lanka keeps the promises it signed up to restore human rights in the north and east of Sri Lanka and bring to justice those accused of war crimes during the conflict.

May 2019: Statement on 10th anniversary of the Mullivaikal massacre

October 2018: Theresa Villiers MP lobbies UN for implementation of Sri Lanka resolution

February 2018: Theresa Villiers MP condemns actions of Sri Lankan diplomat

October 2016: Speech to British Tamil Conservatives

June 2015: Villiers supports the re-establishment of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Tamils

April 2015: Villiers campaigns for justice for Tamils


Standing up against human rights abuses in Iran

At the invitation of her British Iranian constituents, Theresa has attended a number of rallies and meetings to protest against human rights abuses in Iran. Whilst on the backbenches, she was a member of the Parliamentary Committee on Iran Freedom. She has spoken out in Parliament to condemn human rights abuses in Iran.

In the past, Theresa repeatedly raised concerns with the Iranian Government about a constituent who she believes was kidnapped and killed by the Iranian authorities.

She has also lobbied the Government on British citizens who have been imprisoned in Evin prison in Iran. She is urging Boris to press the Iranian authorities for the release of 77 year old Kamal Foroughi, held for over 5 and a half years and deprived of urgent cataracts surgery needed to avoid going blind; 37 year old Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, held since April 2016; 50 year old Roya Nobakht, held for over 3 years.

October 2017: Villiers leads debate in Parliament on horrific human rights abuses in Iran

July 2017: Villiers addresses the global Iranian community at Free Iran Annual Gathering

February 2017: Villiers speaks out on plight of women in Iran

November 2016: Rally against human rights abuses in Iran