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Sri Lanka: Religious Freedom

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 247143, tabled on 24 April 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to tackle religious intolerance in Sri Lanka in the last six months.

Answered on

1 May 2019

The UK is committed to supporting government and civil society efforts to improve human rights, including freedom of religion or belief in Sri Lanka. We fund a range of projects in support of this through £8.3 million of Conflict, Stability and Security Fund funding. This includes projects that promote interfaith dialogue and increase awareness; encourage greater public debate and advocacy on issues concerning Freedom of Religion or Belief in Sri Lanka; and that counter youth radicalisation in areas prone to inter-religious conflict. Tackling inter-communal tensions will continue to remain among our priorities this year.