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Christian charity urges government to turn attention to Myanmar ahead of persecution conference

by Sophie Drew

A human rights group is urging the UK government to act quickly to alleviate the persecution faced by Christians in Myanmar. 

Christian organisation CSW is calling for the government to do more about the persecution of Christians across the world ahead of a ministerial conference on freedom of religion and belief. 

So far, the charity has drawn attention to the difficulties faced by people of faith in South-East Asia in particular, especially Myanmar. 

In Myanmar, at least 53 churches are believed to have been burned down in the last 18 months as part of military control. 

Salai Za Uk Ling, Deputy Executive Director of Chin Human Rights Organisation, says that – in order for things to change – there needs to be huge alterations made to the constitution. 

He said: “The majority of the population is Christians and we have traditionally been subjected to a range of persecution and human rights violations by successive governments, including under the democratic governments, sadly, because these violations have been part of a state policy of discrimination inherent in the first constitution of Burma itself, and the subsequent constitutions that have been practised in Burma today.”

“Discrimination is deeply rooted and we now are a state under military regime, a very rather violent form of persecution where people are subjected to daily killing.”

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