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China: Religious Freedom

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 84505, tabled on 30 November 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent representations she has made to her counterpart in the Chinese government on protecting the religious freedoms and freedom of belief of (a) the Falun Gong people, (b) Muslims, (c) Christians and (d) all minority religious groups in China; and if she will make a statement.

Answered on

7 December 2021

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.

We continue to monitor and review evidence relating to reports of forced organ harvesting in China and maintain a dialogue with leading NGOs and international partners on the issue.

We regularly raise our concerns about human rights with the Chinese authorities. The Foreign Secretary did so most recently in a telephone call with her Chinese counterpart, Foreign Minister Wang Yi, on 22 October.