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China: Religious Buildings

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 113461, tabled on 16 November 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Chinese counterpart on the demolition of Buddhist and Christian buildings in that country.

Answered on

21 November 2017

We remain concerned about restrictions on freedom of religion or belief, and on the rights of ethnic minorities in China. We are also aware of reports of the closure or demolition of churches, of ‚Äčthe removal of crosses from buildings, and that individuals are being harassed or detained for their beliefs across China. We are concerned that new draft guidelines on religion in China may restrict lawful and peaceful observance of religion.

We raised these matters directly with the Chinese authorities at the UK-China Human Rights Dialogue in Beijing on 27 June. We also issued an item IV statement at the 35th UN Human Rights Council in June reiterating these concerns.

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