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Burma: Religious Freedom

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 4 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the State Peace and Development Council in Burma on its recent order to close churches in Rangoon. (253435)

We are concerned that the Burmese regime has imposed restrictions on churches and other places of worship for religious minorities in Rangoon. We condemn the marginalisation or persecution of any community based on their religious beliefs. The regime’s actions are part of a wider deterioration of the human rights situation in Burma and the UK will continue to ask the UN Secretary-General’s Good Offices mission and representatives of the UN human rights bodies to raise our concerns with the State Peace and Development Council.