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China: Human Rights

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL8158, tabled on 23 May 2018

To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of human rights and religious rights in China.

Answered on

5 June 2018

​We have concerns about restrictions on civil and political freedoms in China, particularly around ethnic minority rights; the death penalty; and freedom of expression, association and assembly. We also remain concerned about restrictions on freedom of religion or belief. We are aware of reports of the closure or demolition of places of worship, of the removal of religious symbols, and that individuals are being harassed or detained for their beliefs across China.

The Prime Minister raised human rights when she visited China in February 2018. We raise the full range of our human rights concerns in China at the UK/China human rights dialogue, which last took place in Beijing in June 2017.