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Burma: Religious Freedom

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL10850, tabled on 22 October 2018

To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of freedom of religion or belief in Burma.

Answered on

5 November 2018

​The British Government continues to be deeply concerned about restrictions on freedom of religion or belief in Burma. The British Ambassador met the Burmese Minister for Religious Affairs on 9 August. He discussed the impact of social media on intercommunal relations and registers the UK's desire for further engagement with religious leaders engaged in interfaith dialogues in Burma. 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.