Anto Akkara

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Anto Akkara writes for Ecumenical News International.

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March 9, 2010

Sri Lankan religious leaders have called for free and fair polls scheduled for April in an election campaign that has already been marred by violence. "If you cannot uphold law and reject violence during the elections, how can we...

March 2, 2010

Christian groups in Pakistan and India have joined political and other religious leaders in deploring the recent beheading of two young Sikh men by a Taliban group in Pakistan, and have demanded security for religious minorities in the...

February 26, 2010

The Mar Thoma Syrian Church's annual Maramon convention, which lays claim to being Asia's biggest Christian gathering, has in 2010 focused on caring for the earth, with government officials handing out tens of thousands of saplings...

February 11, 2010

Indian Christian activists have welcomed a decision by the Church of England to sell its shares in Vedanta Resources, whose planned bauxite mine in north-east India has taken flak from local residents and conservationists. "We are...

November 30, 2009

Church leaders in India say they are more optimistic about the success of a campaign to end to discrimination faced by Christian Dalits, people from low castes treated as untouchables under an officially outlawed system. On Nov. 18, more...

September 4, 2009

Christians in India have joined in national mourning following the death of Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy, chief minister of southern Andhra Pradesh state and a member of the Church of South India (CSI). "He was a great leader who gave...

August 6, 2009

Pakistan churches have announced a day of protest August 11 against the recent killing of Christians in central Punjab, and threats against their members in the Muslim-majority nation. "We need to raise our voices now," Victor...

July 22, 2009

A church-supported human rights group in Pakistan has said the arrest of its director, who became embroiled in a complex case involving religious conversion, is rooted in a bias against Christians. "This is not the first time that...

June 16, 2009

Christians in Pakistan say they are being threatened with violence by extremist groups claiming to represent Islam and they hope that a government offensive against militants in the Muslim nation will succeed. Christian groups say...

June 10, 2009

The Anglican bishop of Colombo has warned against harassment of civil rights activists and those seeking to serve the displaced in Sri Lanka following the government's victory over ethnic Tamil rebels. "We must become a...

May 19, 2009

Sri Lankan church leaders say the end of the country's 26-year civil war announced by the government is a signal to address grievances and to ensure citizens from all ethnic and religious groups can feel proud of their nation. The...

April 15, 2009

Church leaders have said they are wary about the motives given by authorities for the arrest of a candidate for scheduled parliamentary elections from a "Hindu nationalist group" in the troubled Kandhamal district of India's...

April 3, 2009

The executive secretary for justice and peace of the National Christian Council of Sri Lanka has been arrested by a terrorism investigation unit of the government in Colombo. Media reports said that Santha Fernando, who heads the justice...

March 23, 2009

Christians in India's troubled Kandhamal district of eastern Orissa say they remain firm in their faith despite being battered by waves of violence in 2008 that displaced 50,000 of them and left 75 dead. "The fear is there, but...

January 16, 2009

Churches have joined in condemning the killing of the editor of a Sri Lanka newspaper who had written before his death that he would be assassinated by government-backed forces, and they say it bodes ill for the right of people to know...

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