» 09/01/2005, 00.00
After 13 years, the National Integration Council is back in business in India
With PM Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi in attendance, the Archbishop of New Delhi forcefully pleads the case of Christian Dalits, emphasising the values of the Gospels and warning against extremism in Gujarat.
India's Supreme Court postpones hearing on Christian dalits' rights again
The Delhi archbishop criticises the decision and blames discriminatory laws
Sonia Gandhi and Congress party condemn anti-conversion laws
The president of India's ruling party reiterates its strong opposition to 'laws on freedom of religion' passed in states run by Hindu fundamentalists. Minority leaders call on the central government to issue a white paper on the status of Christians.
Human rights in Pakistan, not UN Council, should worry government, say Pakistani bishops
As the government prepares to join a new United Nations' Human Rights Council, the National Commission for Justice and Peace notes that its pledges are vague and insufficient. It urges the government to ratify international treaties before applying to join the Council.
Indian Bishop wants help for Christian and Muslim Dalits penalised by corruption
Mgr Oswald Gracias, the newly-elected President of the Catholic Conference of Bishops, and sociologist SM Michael ask the government to take concrete steps to protect minorities against Hindutva and 'human weaknesses', i.e. corruption in public service.
Changes to Blasphemy Law fall short of expectations
For Christians, the law must be rejected. Human rights activists are dissatisfied with Hudood ordinances.
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