India: Christianity

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 30 May 2023.

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Photo of Lord Alton of Liverpool Lord Alton of Liverpool Crossbench

To ask His Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of India regarding reports that, during violence against Christians and churches in 27 villages in Manipur State in May, Indian security services did not intervene as Christians were killed and forced to leave their homes.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The UK Government has a broad and deep partnership with the Government of India and we discuss all elements of our relationship. We remain committed to defending freedom of religion or belief (FoRB) for all and promoting respect and tolerance between communities. Any reports of discrimination against religious minorities are a matter for the Indian police and legal system. Where we have issues we raise them directly with the Government of India, including at Ministerial level.  I regularly speak to the High Commissioner of India. Human rights forms part of that dialogue.

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