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China: Religious Freedom

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 143602, tabled on 21 March 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if she will make an assessment of the implications for her policies of the accusations against Cardinal Joseph Zen and other religious leaders published in the pro-Beijing newspaper Tai Kung Pao.

Answered on

28 March 2022

We remain deeply concerned about the persecution of Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Falun Gong practitioners and others on the grounds of their religion or belief in China, including reports that authorities are tightening control over how certain religions are practiced. The freedom to practise, change or share one's faith or belief without discrimination or violent opposition is a human right that all people should enjoy. We believe that societies that aim to guarantee freedom of religion or belief are more stable, prosperous and more resilient against violent extremism.