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Burmese Military Government Agrees To Investigate Discrimination Against Christians - 2003-03-07


The head of the World Council of Churches (WCC) says the Burmese military government has agreed to investigate complaints of discrimination against Christians.

The Reverend Konrad Raiser told reporters in Bangkok Thursday that he raised the issue during a meeting this week in Rangoon with General Khin Nyut, the third ranking member of Burma's military junta.

Reverend Kaiser said he told General Khin Nyut about allegations of second class treatment of Christians in mostly Buddhist Burma. He said he also told the Burmese senior official about allegations of forced conversions, arson of churches and raping of Christian women by government officials.

Reverend Kaiser said the general is fully aware of the allegations and that the government has sent a team to probe the reports.

Wednesday, the U.S. State Department named Burma as of one of six countries that violate religious freedom. The others named were China, Iran, Iraq, North Korea and Sudan.

Information for this report is provided by AP.

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