Myanmar: Churches

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered at on 12 June 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 Myanmar regarding any recent attacks on churches in Karen, Myanmar.

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

We are aware of the ongoing persecution of faith leaders and ethnic and religious minorities in Myanmar, including in Karen state. We condemn all identity-based violence, including reports that religious sites are being targeted by military airstrikes. In December 2022, the UN Security Council passed the first ever resolution on the situation in Myanmar, led by the UK. The Resolution demands an end to violence, stresses the need for the protection of minority groups and calls for the immediate release for all those arbitrarily detained.

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