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MPs table early day motion on religious persecution in Burma as new CSW report is launched

London, 24 January, (Asiantribune.com): A motion tabled by the Members of the British Parliament calls for the UN Security Council “to pass a binding resolution requiring the SPDC to cease its widespread violation of human rights, including violations of religious freedom, release all political prisoners, open all parts of the country to unhindered access for international humanitarian organisations, and engage in meaningful tripartite dialogue with the National League for Democracy and the ethnic nationalities.”

The Early Day Motion has been tabled in the Parliament by Stephen Crabb MP (Cons), co-sponsored by John Bercow MP (Cons), Alistair Carmichael (Lib Dem), Steve Webb (Lib Dem), David Drew (Labour) and Jim Dobbin (Lab).

It is learnt that the motion, introduced by Stephen Crabb MP, coincides with the launch of a major new report by Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) on the persecution of Christians in Burma.

CSW new report, Carrying the Cross: The military regime’s campaign of restriction, discrimination and persecution against Christians in Burma, also calls for the continued involvement of the UN Security Council in Burma.

The report was launched at a meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Democracy in Burma on 23 January 2007 at 6pm.

The full text of the statement released by Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) on the persecution of Christians in Burma is given below:

Members of the British Parliament have tabled an Early Day Motion calling on the United Nations to investigate violations of religious freedom in Burma. The motion, introduced by Stephen Crabb MP, coincides with the launch of a major new report by Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) on the persecution of Christians in Burma.

The Early Day Motion has been tabled by Stephen Crabb MP (Cons), co-sponsored by John Bercow MP (Cons), Alistair Carmichael (Lib Dem), Steve Webb (Lib Dem), David Drew (Labour) and Jim Dobbin (Lab). The motion calls for the UN Security Council “to pass a binding resolution requiring the SPDC to cease its widespread violation of human rights, including violations of religious freedom, release all political prisoners, open all parts of the country to unhindered access for international humanitarian organisations, and engage in meaningful tripartite dialogue with the National League for Democracy and the ethnic nationalities.”

CSW new report, Carrying the Cross: The military regime’s campaign of restriction, discrimination and persecution against Christians in Burma,also calls for the continued involvement of the UN Security Council in Burma. The report will be launched at a meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Democracy in Burma on 23 January 2007 at 6pm.

CSW is also hosting a delegation of Chin and Kachin ethnic groups from Burma. The delegation will be in the UK until 26 January and will then travel to Brussels and Washington. The delegation will be meeting with a range of political and religious leaders including Minister of Trade, Investment and Foreign Affairs, Ian McCartney MP, and will be briefing Lambeth Palace.

Stephen Crabb MP, who introduced the EDM, says: "There is now plenty of evidence to show that the military regime in Burma blatantly fails to respect religious freedom. Christians and Muslims are subjected to serious restrictions and infringements of their religious liberty, discrimination and, in some parts of the country, violent physical persecution. Buddhists also, when they refuse to follow the regime's line, are tortured and abused, and the regime interferes in the activities of Buddhist monks. For this reason I tabled an Early Day Motion to raise this long neglected issue, and to urge the international community, especially the United Nations, to act to bring an end to the abuse of human rights in Burma."

CSW Chief Executive, Mervyn Thomas, says: “The persecution of Christians in Burma is one of the world’s most forgotten causes. This persecution, alongside the persecution of Muslims, the imprisonment of Buddhist monks, and the wide range of other gross violations of human rights, makes Burma one of the world’s worst places for human suffering. CSW will not rest until these issues are properly addressed and resolved, and until all the people of Burma have freedom of speech, freedom of religion and can live in peace.”

Early Day Motion tabled in the British Parliament

The full text of the Early Day Motion tabled in the Parliament by Stephen Crabb MP (Cons), co-sponsored by John Bercow MP (Cons), Alistair Carmichael (Lib Dem), Steve Webb (Lib Dem), David Drew (Labor) and Jim Dobbin (Lab) is as follows:

“That this House notes the evidence of the widespread restrictions on religious freedom, discrimination against religious minorities and in some places violent persecution of Christians and Muslims in Burma; welcomes the publication of a comprehensive new report Carrying the Cross: the military regime's campaign of restriction, discrimination and persecution against Christians in Burma by Christian Solidarity Worldwide, which complements past reports of the persecution of Muslims and the imprisonment of Buddhist monks and nuns; further notes the military regime's persecution of Christians among the Chin, Kachin, Naga, Karen, Karenni and other ethnic nationalities and the persecution of the Rohingya Muslims; calls on the Government to raise concerns about religious freedom and specifically the persecution of Christians and Muslims in Burma with the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC); urges the United Nations Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Religion and Belief to investigate violations of religious freedom in Burma; and calls on the UN Security Council to pass a binding resolution requiring the SPDC to cease its widespread violation of human rights, including violations of religious freedom, release all political prisoners, open all parts of the country to unhindered access for international humanitarian organisations, and engage in meaningful tripartite dialogue with the National League for Democracy and the ethnic nationalities.”

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