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Burma: Religious Freedom

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 27th June 2018.

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Photo of Lord Alton of Liverpool Lord Alton of Liverpool Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken in international fora or bilaterally to address the situation of religious and ethno-religious groups in Burma.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State

I raised the UK's concerns about the persecution faced by Rohingya Muslims, Christians and other minorities in Burma in my speech to the Human Rights Council of 27 February 2018.

Our Embassy in Burma has been supporting local projects addressing the drivers of prejudice and inter-communal violence. In 2017 it delivered a two-day inter-faith dialogue in partnership with the Myanmar Institute of Theology; and a workshop for civil servants, parliamentarians and non-governmental organisations.

We ensured that the UN Security Council letter of 31 May to Burma called for an independent and transparent domestic investigation with international involvement.

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