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Bangladesh: Religious Freedom

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 66265, tabled on 29 October 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent representations she has made to her Bangladeshi counterparts on protecting the religious freedoms and freedom of belief of (a) Hindus, (b) all minority religious groups and (c) people with no religion in Bangladesh; and if she will make a statement.

Answered on

8 November 2021

The UK Government is concerned about the recent violence at Hindu Durga Puja celebrations across various districts in Bangladesh. We engage with the Government of Bangladesh on the importance of freedom of religion or belief, which remains a priority for the UK Government. Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon, the Minister of State for South Asia, tweeted his concern on 21 October. The British High Commissioner to Bangladesh discussed the violence with Foreign Minister Momen on 26 October, and on 19 October expressed his condolences to the victims of the violence and the UK's support for those working for religious tolerance and harmony in Bangladesh and around the world.