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Rangoon Dismisses U.S. Religious Freedom Report - 2002-10-15


Burma has dismissed a recent U.S. government report saying the southeast Asian country restricts religious freedom.

The government in Rangoon said Monday the report was politically motivated and interferes with Burma's internal affairs.

In the U.S. State Department report, Burma was classified along with five other countries as places where authorities control religious belief or practice. The report said Burma allows people to worship officially recognized religions as they please, but that the government infiltrates or monitors all religious organizations.

Burma's response called the report groundless.

Information provided by the Associated Press.

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