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Burma: Churches

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 228607, tabled on 5 March 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the Government in Myanmar on the destruction of churches in Kachin state and their replacement with Buddhist pagodas.

Answered on

12 March 2019

The British Government continues to be concerned by issues of freedom of religion and belief in Burma, including attacks on churches and other places of worship. The Minister for the Commonwealth and the United Nations raised the UK's concerns about persecution faced by Christian and other minorities in Burma in his speech to the Human Rights Council in February 2018. The British Ambassador met the Burmese Minister for Religious Affairs on 9 August 2018, and underlined the importance of interfaith dialogue.