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China: Buddhism

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 137203, tabled on 13 January 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he has made representations to the Chinese Government on the alleged (a) demolishment of Buddhist temples in Hebei Province and (b) confiscation of Buddhist materials that are not approved by the Chinese Government from temples in China.

Answered on

21 January 2021

We are aware of reports of demolition and closure of religious sites across China. The UK remains concerned by restrictions placed on Buddhists and other religious groups in China. We regularly raise Freedom of Religion or Belief issues directly with the Chinese authorities and via multilateral action at the UN. The freedom to practice, change or share ones faith or belief without discrimination or violent opposition is a human right that all people should enjoy.