India : Dominicans expresses their concern after the killing of a Catholic leader and human rights activist in Orisa

After the killing in Orisa of catechist and Catholic activist Rabindra Parichha, Dominicans ask the authorities to take strong actions to enforce religious freedom and to protect the life of Human Rights Defenders thorough India.

Communal violence affecting religious minorities, India and Pakistan

In India and Pakistan, Christian minority communities are victims of violence perpetrated by extremists from the majority group

Violence against the Christians in ORISSA and other parts of INDIA

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Attacks against the Christian community

Brutal attacks against the Christian community took place on Christmas eve, in December 2007, in the Kanhamal district of Orissa. The Christmas festival of joy and peace was ruined by the unwarranted attacks by fundamentalist forces. There appears to be a  total breakdown of law and order that could curtail such crimes against humanity.
 
In a memorandum submitted to the National Human Rights Commission and signed by Archbishop Vincent Concessao of Delhi, Dr. John Dayal, President of the All India Catholic Union , Dr. Joseph Desouza, President of the All India Christian Council and other Christian Leaders, it was stated that nearly 90 Churches have been burned down and nine people have died.  Furthermore, bout 600 houses were burned or vandalized and some 5000 people have been affected by the attacks.