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Burma: Religious Freedom

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 182113, tabled on 22 October 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of freedom of religion or belief in Burma.

Answered on

30 October 2018

The British Government continues to be concerned about restrictions on freedom of religion and belief in Burma. Our Ambassador met the Burmese Minister for Religious Affairs on 9 August, and underlined the importance of interfaith dialogues. The UK, working with EU partners and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, secured a UN Human Rights Council Resolution on 27 September that called for the amending or repealing of the discriminatory provisions of the set of "protection of race and religion laws" in Burma enacted in 2015 covering religious conversion, interfaith marriage, monogamy and population control.