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India: Christianity

Volume 482: debated on Tuesday 11 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Government of India on incidents of violence towards Christians in Orissa state. (230084)

We have expressed our concerns directly with the Indian Government and their representatives. On 1 October, my noble Friend the Minister of State for Africa, Asia and the UN, Lord Mark Malloch-Brown, raised the matter with the Indian high commissioner in London. On 17 October, he also discussed our concerns with Anand Sharma, Indian Minister of External Affairs, and Mohammed Quereshi, chairman of the Minorities Commission in New Delhi. The issue of religious freedom is due to be raised at the EU-India Human Rights Dialogue in New Delhi later this year.