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Indonesian religious leaders urge Govt to curb fanatics


Leaders of Christianity, Hinduism and Islam in Indonesia have called on their government to act against radical groups that threaten lives and national unity.

The Catholic cardinal of Jakarta, a Protestant Church official, a Hindu leader, the heads of the two largest Muslim mass organisations in the country and a veteran politician issued a statement urging the government to take strict action against all kinds of radicalism.

Their statement said actions such as the 12 October Bali bomb attack that killed nearly 200 people, are crimes against humanity and human tragedies that have nothing to do with religion.

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UCA News


PAKISTAN CHURCH BODY TELLS GOVT TO PRACTICE AT HOME WHAT IT PREACHES ABROAD

A Pakistan Catholic bishops' commission has urged the government to honour its own UN draft resolution and end religious and cultural intolerance in the country.

The National Commission for Justice and Peace issued a statement on earlier this month, a week after Jordan, Malaysia, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Sudan introduced in the United Nations General Assembly a draft resolution titled "Religious and Cultural Understanding, Harmony and Cooperation."

Various items of the resolution would commit nations to promote religious tolerance and act to stem intolerance and discrimination.

Peter Jacob, executive secretary of the Church commission, told UCA News, "We feel that what the government has asked of the international community, the government should practice in Pakistan."

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UCA News


HONG KONG BISHOP WARNS AGAINST PROPOSED ANTI-SUBVERSION LAW

The Catholic bishop of Hong Kong and other Christian leaders have expressed misgivings as the local government pushes to enact an anti-subversion law.

Bishop Joseph Zen Ze-kiun said at a weekend forum organised by 15 Catholic and Protestant organisations that the proposed law would threaten the principle of "one country, two systems" as regards China and Hong Kong.

The local government's Security Bureau is gathering public opinion on implementing Article 23 of the Hong Kong Basic Law, which prohibits acts of treason, secession, sedition or subversion against the central government of China.

Bishop Zen told the 500 people at the forum that if in the future the Church in mainland China is accused of endangering national security, the Church in Hong Kong could suffer the same fate.

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UCA News


27 Nov 2002