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China: Religious Freedom

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 72630, tabled on 9 November 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussion she has had with her Chinese counterpart on promoting freedom of religious expression and belief in China in response to the removal of a Bible and Quran from the Apple App Store in China.

Answered on

19 November 2021

We are aware of reports concerning the removal of Bible and Quran apps from the Apple App Store in China. We remain deeply concerned about restrictions on freedom of religion or belief in China, including the persecution of Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Falun Gong practitioners and others on the grounds of their religion or belief. The freedom to practise, change or share ones faith or belief without discrimination or violent opposition is a human right that all people should enjoy. The Foreign Secretary personally raised our concerns about the human rights situation in China with her Chinese counterpart, State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, on 22 October.