This is a crucial time in Burma's history with signs of possible change in one of the world's most brutal regimes.
CSW welcomed the recent release of over 600 political prisoners and the ceasefires signed recently as steps closer towards change, but there is still further to go and we encourage President Thein Sein to continue along this path and establish genuine peace and freedom in the country.
Religious persecution in Burma is among the most severe in the world:
- Christians and Muslims are denied the right to build and maintain places of worship.
- In Chin state, crosses built on hillsides, as an expression of faith, are torn down.
- In Karen state, churches are burned down and Buddhist propaganda is played during Christian services.
- Christians are denied promotion in government or military service.
- The SPDC offers incentives to Christians to convert to Buddhism and children are taken into monasteries to become novice monks.
- In other areas, people, particularly those from ethnic groups, which include many Christians, are arrested, imprisoned and even killed by the regime.