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India: Freedom of Religion

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN HL2644, tabled on 17 October 2022

To ask His Majesty's Government what representations they will make to (1) the government of India, and (2) its High Commission in London, concerning the approval of the Karnataka Right to Freedom of Religion Act; and in particular about that Act’s compatibility with the protections for freedom of religion in the constitution of India.

Answered on

31 October 2022

We raise human rights issues directly with the Indian government, where we have them. The UK Government is committed to defending Freedom of Religion or Belief for all and promoting respect and understanding between different religious and non-religious communities. We condemn any instances of discrimination because of religion or belief, regardless of the country or faith involved. Any reports of discrimination against religious minorities are a matter for the Indian police and legal system. The British High Commission in New Delhi and our Deputy High Commissions across India regularly meet with religious representatives and official figures.