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Hong Kong: Religious Freedom

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 143604, tabled on 21 March 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment she has made of freedom of religious beliefs in Hong Kong.

Answered on

28 March 2022

The UK is committed to defending freedom of religion or belief (FoRB) for all, and promoting respect between different religious and non-religious communities. Promoting the right to FoRB is one of the UK's longstanding human rights priorities.

The Sino-British Joint Declaration is a legally binding treaty between the UK and China, and under this China committed to uphold Hong Kong's high degree of autonomy and protect the rights and freedoms of its people. This explicitly includes freedom of expression and FoRB. It is imperative that all the rights and freedoms promised to the people of Hong Kong in the Joint Declaration are fully respected.