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“British Legislators Condemn “massive Church Closures” in Burma”
by Worthy News Feb. 10 2009 - International Correspondent Stefan J. Bos   
February 11th, 2009

RANGOON, BURMA-- Dozens of British legislators expressed concern Tuesday, February 10, over reports of massive church closures in Burma, seen as "the most significant crackdown" on Christian activity in the military-ruled Asian nation in years, an advocacy group told Worthy News.

Christian Solidarity Worldwide said 33 British parliamentarians signed a motion urging the United Nations Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Religion and Belief, Asma Jilani Jahangir, to investigate violations of religious freedom in Burma, as "at least 100 churches" were closed in the capital Rangoon last month.

The Early Day Motion was proposed by John Bercow, who co-chairs of the All Parliamentary Group for Democracy in Burma, also known as Myanmar, CSW said.  "The church closures mark the most significant crackdown on Christian activity in Burma in recent years, affecting as many as 80 per cent of churches in Rangoon," said CSW, which has investigated the situation in Burma.

The group said some 50 pastors were forced to sign documents promising to stop holding church services, "under threat of prison for non-compliance."

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