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China: Religious Freedom

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN HL5054, tabled on 25 January 2023

To ask His Majesty's Government what representations they plan to make to the UN Human Rights Council regarding reported violations of religious freedoms in China.

Answered on

9 February 2023

The environment for freedom of religion or belief across China is restrictive, including the persecution of Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Falun Gong practitioners and others on the grounds of their religion or belief.

We work within the UN, OSCE, Council of Europe, International Religious Freedom or Belief Alliance and other international organisations and networks to promote and protect freedom of religion or belief for all where it is threatened. We have also consistently raised China's severe restrictions on religious practice through the UN, including in a joint statement alongside 49 other countries on 31 October.

We will continue to urge China to uphold the right to freedom of religion or belief, including through the UN Human Rights Council.