» 06/06/2011, 00.00
New criminal code to stop conversions to Christianity
Changes to the criminal code are currently under review. Anyone preaching or trying to persuade others to change religion could get up to five years in prison and almost US$ 700 in fines. Christians fear new code could restrict religious freedom and be used by Hindu extremists.
New anti-conversion law causing fears, forcing Church to stop catechism course
Classes for new catechumens from other religions are postponed to further notice. Nepal’s Catholic Church was not officially represented at World Youth Day in Madrid because of the country’s tense situation.
For apostolic vicar, the new constitution threatens freedom of conscience
Section 26 of the new constitutional charter is the offending clause. Hindu and government leaders say it will affect only forced conversions. Yet, after last week’s triple church arson attack, Hindu extremists continue to threaten Christian missionaries. For apostolic vicar, so far no real threat has yet materialised. Hence, “We shall continue our work and meet the needs of the people."
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Nepal cancels Christmas as a public holiday; Christians retort that Hindus have 83
Nepal’s Home Affairs Minister justifies the decision by the need to reduce the number of religious feast days. Christians see the influence of "anti-Christian tendencies”. Christmas was declared a public holiday eight years ago, when Nepal became a secular state. Christian leaders also slam Article 156, which bans conversions.
Catholic Church in Nepal: anti-conversion laws are unconstitutional
Sections of the new penal code that violate religious freedom translated into English. The purpose is to stir up public opinion to pressure the government. International standards on Civil and Political Rights signed by the authorities after the fall of the Hindu monarchy, violated.
Christians, Muslims, Buddhists and Baha’is launch appeal against anti-conversion proposal
Under an amended criminal code, heavy sentences could be imposed on anyone inducing others to convert or not to respect Hindu traditions. Killing cattle for the meat would be outlawed. Non-Hindu religious leaders want separate legislation and a commission to protect religious minorities.
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