Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Thursday, February 01, 2007

Leaked secret document foretells Christian expulsion in Burma

In a document entitled, “Programme to destroy the Christian religion in Burma,” step-by-step instructions were provided for Burmese citizens to run Christians out of the country, the British news source, Telegraph, reported last week. Reportedly composed by a state-sponsored, military-backed Buddhist group, the document also calls for the imprisonment of evangelists, opening “There shall be no home where the Christian religion is practised.”

Believed to have been leaked by a government agency, human rights groups claim that the document is a part of a larger regime goal of creating a uniform Burmese, Buddhist state. The Burmese government denies creating the document. However, there have been previous reported instances of Christian persecution carried out by government-backed Buddhists, including forced conversion and church destruction.

Christians comprise between four and six percent of Burma’s population and are not the only group targeted. Burma’s military dictatorship is known for its human rights violations, most notably for holding Nobel Peace Prize Winner Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest for years.

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