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Myanmar’s military government denied on Wednesday that it suppresses Christians, saying all citizens enjoy religious freedom and that a recent report by a British group was aimed at tarnishing the country’s image. Last month, Christian Solidarity Worldwide said the regime’s actions against Christians ranged from “churches in Rangoon finding it difficult to obtain permission to renovate their buildings, to pastors in Chin State being killed.” The report cites a document, allegedly from the Ministry of Religious Affairs, which begins: “There shall be no home where the Christian religion is practiced.”
The official New Light of Myanmar newspaper said, quoting a statement from the Yangon Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA), said: “It is evident that all the religious and the ethnic minority groups in Myanmar have experienced the freedom of worship and the right to express their faiths.” But the state run newspaper said the report was part of ongoing efforts by the US to slander the South-East Asian nation.
 
“The United States has been making accusations against Myanmar while allowing its follower organisations and stooges to distribute wrong data and facts concerning Myanmar’s religious affairs,” the daily said. Myanmar, which has been ruled by the military since 1962, is a predominantly Buddhist nation of some 55 million people.
 Buddhists account for 89 per cent of the population, while Christians make up 5 per cent and Muslims 3 per cent, according to official figures. The US issued a report last year accusing the government of infiltrating religious groups’ meetings, preventing Buddhist clergy from teaching about human rights and limiting the repair of Christian and Muslim places of worship.
 

   

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

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