Burma: Religious Freedom

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 8th October 2019.

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Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Foreign Secretary

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Myanmar counterpart on the repression of Kachin Christians in that country.

Photo of Dominic Raab Dominic Raab The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

The UK regularly voices its concerns about democratic and religious freedoms for minorities in Myanmar. In July, the Ambassador met the Minister for Religious and Cultural Affairs to discuss religious freedom and Christians in Myanmar.

Our ambassador also called Reverend Samson, President of the Kachin Baptist Church, in July. The Ambassador voiced his support after the military brought false legal charges against Reverend Samson. The charges have since been dropped. The UK also works with a number of civil society organisations to improve religious freedom.

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