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India: Blasphemy and Religious Freedom

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 175920, tabled on 25 March 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of the application of blasphemy laws in India on freedom of religion or belief and freedom of expression in that country.

Answered on

13 April 2021

The British High Commission in New Delhi maintain a continuous assessment of the human rights situation in India, including the situation for minorities and the right to freedom of expression. India has a proud history of religious tolerance and a vibrant civil society. We look to the Government of India to address the concerns of any people that may be affected by blasphemy legislation. Where we have concerns, we raise them directly with the Government of India.

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