For immediate release from The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada
February 26, 2009
As India prepares for national elections scheduled for April and May, The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada’s Religious Liberty Commission (EFC RLC) has today released a report detailing recent religiously motivated violence in that country.
Entitled Faith and Freedom Collide in India: A Report on the Rise of Recent Violence Against Christians in Orissa and Other Indian States, the 25-page document looks closely at tensions between Hindus and Christians that escalated to critical levels in August 2008, resulting in violence that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh described as a "national shame."
The EFC RLC report provides information on developments in India to date, examining the motivation for the violence, providing accounts of recent persecution cases in this continuing epidemic and detailing the limited government efforts to provide protection for religious minorities.
"The minority Christian population in India is equivalent in numbers to two-thirds of the population of Canada and this increasing violence is extremely disturbing," notes Don Hutchinson, chair of the EFC RLC. "Our hope is that India’s upcoming 2009 general election will provide incentives for the nation’s leaders to take action to relieve the tensions that have led to these appalling attacks on so many innocent victims. Such blatant disregard for human rights in a democratic country is disgraceful."
The report is available on the EFC website at:
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