Christian Persecution News 2015: UK under fire for giving £2.7B in aid to countries where Christians are persecuted

(REUTERS / Mohamed Ad El Ghany)Egyptian Copts attend the ceremony during that the 118th leader of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox church was chosen in Cairo November 04, 2012.

The United Kingdom has come under fire for giving £2.7 billion in aid to countries where Christians are experiencing the worst persecutions.

The UK Government has been criticized for using taxpayers' money for the aid it gave to countries where Christians are persecuted. An investigation by the Daily Telegraph revealed that four out of the five countries on a watch list received the aid in 2013, according to The Christian Institute.

The said watch list contains the top 50 places where Christianity is strictly suppressed. The Daily Telegraph's investigation also showed that majority of the overseas aid that the four countries received came from the Department for International Development (DFID).

Somalia, which is second on the watch list, received £107.3 million. Pakistan, on the other hand, received £34 million despite the blasphemy cases filed against Christians and other minorities, the report details.

The top cause for Christian persecution in 40 out of the 50 countries listed the rising power of Islamic extremists. North Korea tops the list as the worst place in the world to be a Christian, and has maintained the spot for 13 years in a row, The Telegraph reports.

Meanwhile, conservative MP Philip Davies called on the UK Government to "rethink" the allotment of the taxpayers' money.

"Many people will rightly be asking what is the purpose of aid money and why are we doling out large amounts of cash to brutal regimes that show a complete disregard toward basic human rights?" the report quotes Davies.

The UK Government should only give aids or loans to countries under "very clear conditions." But in this case, there are no clear conditions, said Davis. He then called for a "radical" change in the government's system of allocating financial aid, the report relays.

Last year, British Prime Minister David Cameron said the United Kingdom should not be ashamed of standing up and fighting for religious freedom. He acknowledged that Christianity has now become the world's most persecuted religion.