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ICC Note:

At a press conference on Tuesday, December 13th, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) released two reports on religious freedom in Myanmar including a report on Christianity in Burma titled “Hidden Plight: Christian Minorities in Burma.” The report comes at a time of concern over the human rights abuses being committed against Christian and Muslim minorities in Burma. 2016 has seen a significant increase in violence against Christian minority groups by Myanmar’s military in the Chin, Naga, and Kachin regions. The report notes that laws restrict the freedom to choose a religious by forbidding conversion. Church applications for land ownership are regularly denied, and Christians are regularly persecuted or even driven out of communities for their faith. Many of cases of oppression against Christians seem to be allowed or even encouraged by governing authorities. The entire report can be downloaded here.

12/14/2016 Myanmar (USCIRF) – The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) today released two reports highlighting Burma’s serious religious freedom challenges.

Hidden Plight: Christian Minorities in Burma highlights the pervasive and longstanding persecution and discrimination Christians face that have persisted, often unreported, for generations. View the report here in English and Burmese.

Suspended in Time: The Ongoing Persecution of Rohingya Muslims in Burma details the persecution of Rohingya Muslims’ resulting from government-directed abuses and/or government indifference to discrimination and violence that has killed hundreds, displaced thousands, and destroyed hundreds of religious properties since 2012. View the report here in English and Burmese.

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