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China: Religious Freedom

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 165154, tabled on 17 July 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will raise restrictions on freedom of religion or belief in (a) Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region and (b) other parts of China at the next UK-China Human Rights Dialogue; and whether a date for that next dialogue has been confirmed.

Answered on

23 July 2018

We remain deeply concerned about restrictions on freedom of religion or belief in China, particularly in Xinjiang. We raised our concerns with the Chinese authorities at the last UK/China Human Rights Dialogue which took place in June 2017 and will do so again at the next Dialogue: we are currently seeking to agree dates with the Chinese authorities. In the meantime, my officials will continue to monitor the situation in Xinjiang closely.

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