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Burma: Religious Freedom

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 10 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the UN Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Religion and Belief on violations of religious freedom against Christians, Muslims and Buddhists in Burma. (155718)

There are severe restrictions on the freedom of all religions in Burma, including towards members of the majority Buddhist faith, particularly if they are perceived as anti-government. We condemn all instances where individuals face persecution or discrimination because of their faith or belief, wherever they happen and whatever the religion of the individual or group concerned.

We have had no discussions with the UN Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Religion and Belief about Burma.

We regularly raise our concerns about human rights in Burma with the regime and in international forums. The UN Secretary-General discussed Burma with my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister on 26 September and my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary on 28 September.

On 2 October, the Human Rights Council (HRC) passed a strongly worded resolution sponsored by the EU, with the full support of the UK, which expressed deep concern about the situation in Burma. In our statement to the HRC, we drew attention to the regime's violations, including restrictions on the freedom of religion.