The full text of the CCA General Secretary’s Statement on the armed conflict in the Nagorno-Karabakh region can be found in here:
The Indian caste system is probably the longest surviving system of dehumanisation in the world. The segmentation among the various castes is so rigid that no one can change from one caste to another caste. It is expected that a person born in a particular caste remains permanently confined to it until death. In addition to this segmentation, the caste system defines the nature of the occupation to be allotted to each caste. The Dalits in India have been at the bottom of this totem pole for centuries in all spheres of their lives — social, economic, and political. Owing to the entrenched and socially sanctioned nature of the caste hierarchy and its prior validation through religion, those unfortunate enough to be born in the lower castes do not even have the option of qualifying for national minority status under Indian law. This is despite the fact that they are by and large not allowed in many places to join in rituals along with the upper castes even today in India as their presence is considered polluting.
When India became a Republic in 1950, a commitment was made to secure justice, equality, liberty, and dignity for all Indian citizens. However, the Dalit Christians have been discriminated and marginalised as the special protection of the Scheduled Castes (SCs) was given only to the Scheduled Castes within the Hindu religion. The affirmative benefits and the fundamental rights constitutionally guaranteed for the Scheduled Castes in India have been denied to the Dalit communities that converted to Christianity and Islam. This privilege of special protection was extended in 1956 to the Dalits converted to the Sikh religion and in 1990 to those who converted to Buddhism. Dalit Christians and Dalit Muslims continue to be kept outside of this constitutionally guaranteed programme of affirmative action. Read more>>
The Philippines’ new ‘Anti-Terrorism Act’ which took effect on Saturday, 18 July 2020, and will be implemented later this month, undermines basic freedoms and human rights as it gives overreaching powers to the Philippines government and paves the way for large-scale violations of human rights. The new law will criminalise acts that incite terrorism “by means of speeches, proclamations, writings, emblems, banners, or other representations”. It also bestowed the President with the power to create an Anti-Terrorism Council that could tag individuals and groups as terrorists, allow authorities to detain suspected terrorists without charge for up to twenty-four days, and permit the government to conduct ninety days of surveillance and wiretaps.
When President Rodrigo Duterte affixed his signature on the fast-tracked Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 earlier this month, it was amidst wide criticism for giving the overreaching powers to the Philippines government for human rights violations in the country, and also at a time when the people have been worried about the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the Act’s ambiguous definition of terrorism, the government will have sweeping authority to curtail freedoms. Security forces will not be obliged to present suspects before a judge to determine whether physical or psychological torture has been inflicted on them. Read more>>
The atrocities perpetrated against African Americans and other marginalised communities of colour in the United States of America by police who continue to act with seeming impunity are alarming and of ongoing concern. The two recent murders of two African Americans – George Floyd in Minneapolis and Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta – by the police have spurred subsequent reactions through massive protest movements across the country. The protests and the unrest are clear manifestations of frustration. The killings became the focus around which the American public galvanised to pour out their outcry against social inequality, police brutality, racism, white privilege, rising fascism, callous political and economic elites, and inept governance.
The brutal murders of George Floyd and Rayshard Brooks are unfortunately not isolated incidents, and such acts should be condemned. Viewing the graphic video of the unjustified brute force by the police killing both George Floyd, and Rayshard Brooks, people all over the world now see the inhumane, degrading, and cruel manner in which the police treat African Americans who face widespread and systemic racism on a daily basis in the US. Read more>>
Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) condemned the continued operations by the military and the police in the hinterlands of Mindoro province and other parts of the Philippines as a result of the Oplan Kapanatagan (Operation Plan Stability) “all-out war policy” of the government.
Police intimidation of a district superintendent and an ordained minister of the United Methodist Church in the Philippines is the most recent incident reported of the high handedness of the police against the pastors, which has been happening in several parts of the country.
Expressing CCA’s solidarity on behalf of the Asian churches with the churches in the Philippines that are often targeted by the police and military in the country, the CCA General Secretary Dr. Mathews George Chunakara stated, “CCA condemns the unlawful acts of the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (PNP/AFP) against ordained clergy and faithful in the churches who are providing pastoral care and support to people who face difficult situations”. Read More
The Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) has denounced a bloody shooting at worshippers in the Al Noor mosque and the Linwood masjid in Christchurch, New Zealand in which 49 people have been reported dead, and 20 injured.
The shooting occurred today at 13.40 hrs (New Zealand Standard Time) during a Friday afternoon prayer.
Responding to the tragic incident in New Zealand, the General Secretary of CCA Dr. Mathews George Chunakara stated, “No matter what faith we adhere or ethnicity we belong to, everybody should be able to live in an atmosphere where peace and security is prevailed and sustained; any act of violence must be prevented with all possible efforts.”
“We send our heart-felt support to all those who have been affected; we offer prayers to Almighty God for the victims, their families and reach out through our grief and distress to our Islamic brothers and sisters in New Zealand ”, said Dr. Mathews George Chunakara. Read More
“Indiscriminately labeling the National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP) as part of some ‘front organization’ of local ‘Communist Terrorist Groups’ (CTG) is a reprobate act by the Department of National Defense (DND) of the Armed Forces in the Philippines (AFP), and such actions will only create fear among the NCCP staff and their families,” stated the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) General Secretary Dr Mathews George Chunakara.
At a public hearing in the Lower House of the Congress of the Philippines, the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ (AFP) Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence labelled the National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP) as a ‘Communist Terrorist Group’ front.
The General Secretary of the CCA condemns in the strongest possible terms this accusation against its member council as a direct act of red-baiting, which puts to risk the lives and limbs of NCCP staff members, officers, their loved ones, and friends.
Mathews George Chunakara said that the allegations of ‘front organizations’ supposedly collaborating with the CTG and funding them were part of an all-out war strategy of the government. The ongoing raids, illegal arrests, and vilification of those members of the people’s organizations that are critical of governments are part of a systematic military strategy to silence the critics of the government’s policies. Read More
The decision to adopt a Mission Statement, after discussion and deliberation at the Asia Mission Conference 2017 is a great act of faith. It boldly and loudly proclaims that the Asia Mission Conference held in Yangon, Myanmar, from 11 to 17 October 2017, should prophetically and challengingly continue to speak to the churches and to all concerned people all over Asia and beyond. Read More
“Attacks on innocent people that mostly affect women and children are a heinous crime” said Dr Mathews George Chunakara, General Secretary, CCA in reaction to the news of a suicide bomber killing more than 70 people and injuring 300 others at the Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park in Lahore on the Easter Sunday. Read More
The Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) shares the concerns expressed by the North and South Korean church leaders about the revisions to the “Guidelines for US-Japan Defense Cooperation” which will be a threat to peace and security in East Asia.
9 July 2015
The Christian Conference of Asia is shocked at the news of the rape of a 47-year-old Nun from Kerala, belonging to the Salesian Missionaries of Mary Immaculate, on 19 June 2015 by two unidentified men in Raipur, Chhattisgarh, India. It was equally shocking to hear that she was discovered the next morning gagged and tied to her bed at the medical center in which she serves. The medical center “Khrist Sahay Kendra” (Christ help center) has been functioning in the area for the last 60 years.
The CCA family is shocked and saddened to learn of yet another tragic and brutal incident of harassment and murder under the Blasphemy law. We are dismayed to hear that the young Christian couple accused of desecrating the Holy Quran, was beaten and then burned to death by a mob in a small Pakistani village in Punjab province. As per news reports, though the couple had locked themselves in a room, the mob broke open the door, beat them up and pulled their bodies to a nearby kiln where they were burnt.
It is of some comfort to know that the local police have arrested 45 people in connection with the attack and that a case had been filed under multiple sections of Pakistan’s Penal Code, including murder and attacking police officials.
“We are shocked to hear about the torching of more than a hundred homes in a Christian enclave of the Pakistani city of Lahore. We deeply share the pain and agony of the families affected by this tragic incident and the fears caused to many people especially the ‘minority’ communities. May God comfort the families who have lost their homes, especially the Christians who suffered because of the faith that they stand for and hold dearly in their hearts. We pray that the spirit of God will continue to strengthen the churches in Pakistan in witnessing the love of Christ which is beyond human understanding and which reaches out beyond humanly-created walls and borders.
The Member Churches and
National Council of Churches in Pakistan
Greetings of Peace!
It is with great shock and disbelief that we received the news about Rimsha, a Christian girl with Down syndrome, in Pakistan, who may be punished by death after she was seen holding burning pages of the Quran. We are also dismayed that she has been arrested under the blasphemy law in Pakistan, which states that defaming Islam is a capital offence. The news reached us during the Asian Church Leaders Theological Conference, convened by the CCA, at Hsinchu city in Taipei from 22 – 27 August 2012. All the 56 participants are equally distressed about this news, have prayed with deep concern and convey feelings of solidarity to all the Christians in Pakistan.
04 April 2011
His Excellency, Asif Ali Zardari
Islamic Republic of Pakistan
We bring you greetings and blessings from the General Committee of the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA), a regional ecumenical organization representing a 100 member churches and 16 National Councils of Churches in 22 Asian countries.
We were shocked and deeply saddened by the assassination of Mr. Shabhaz Bhatti, Minister for Minority Affairs and the only Christian Member of Parliament in the Pakistan Government.
CCA has also received information regarding the killing of two and wounding of Christians after Muslim youths allegedly attacked them outside a church building in Hyderabad last 22 March 2011.
Dear Sisters and Brothers in the CCA Member Churches and Councils:
We, Members of the General Committee of the Christian Conference of Asia, write to you from our second meeting in Chiang Mai, this 7th to 9th of March 2011, to affirm the mandate, recommendations and the proposed programs coming from the 13th CCA Assembly held in Kuala Lumpur in April 2010.
We listened to stories from communities suffering from the impact of emergencies, the violation of people’s rights, freedom of expression and the practice of religion, along with poverty, lack of access to employment and other provisions necessary for decent living for people created in God’s image.
We continue to discern God’s leading as we hear people’s cries and are challenged by the need to accompany them and our Member Churches and Councils as we minister together in our region of Asia.
In this meeting of the CCA General Committee, we have listened and reflected on urgent ecumenical issues and challenges before us –
2 October 2009
Mr. Victor Azariah
National Council of Churches in Pakistan
P.O. Box 357
Lahore 54000, Pakistan
Dear Mr. Azariah:
In the just-concluded Meeting of the General Committee of the Christian Conference of Asia, concerns have been raised on the continuing violence in Pakistan.
In August, CCA received information on the killing of Christians in Central Punjab Province. The Christians who have been killed and the families whose houses have been burned based on false accusation of desecrating the Quran; with the perpetrators using the Blasphemy Laws against the Christian community is a high price that Pakistani Christians continue to pay in the name of the so-called blasphemy.
The killings and burning of places of worship have continued and the Christians continue to suffer the brutality and displacement resulting from the violence in the northern region of Pakistan.
30 August 2011
Dr. Kali Bahadur Rokaya
National Council of Churches of Nepal
PO Box 4875
Dear Dr. Rokaya:
This message comes with our greetings and felicitations from the Christian Conference of Asia to you as one of its Presidents.
You have called our attention that the last day for the drafting of the Constitution of Nepal, the repository of laws of governance and the rights of the people of Nepal is tomorrow, 31st August 2011.
The Christian Conference of Asia, its General Committee, member Churches and Councils join me in offering our prayers that God will guide those who were entrusted by the state to work on a Nepalese Constitution which enshrines the rights and obligations of the people of Nepal in their exercise of good citizenship.
The Christian Conference of Asia gathered in Jakarta for its 14th Assembly from May 20th to May 27th 2015. The Assembly invites us all to affirm that we are ‘Living Together in the Household of God’. We listen to each other, share our burdens and struggles, celebrate our joys and give voice to our concerns.
The delegates of the churches councils of Asia present these concerns and issues to the Assembly. We outline them on behalf of those who approached the committee and wanted these particular issues to be taken seriously by the CCA in its program planning and by the CCA members.
This is not an exhaustive or complete listing of the issues being faced in Asia today. These matters are the concerns of our hearts and point to the reality that not all people live in the joy and justice of the Household of God. We claim our prophetic voice as the member churches and councils of CCA. We must not be silent. God calls us to listen, watch and speak and so be responsive to the concerns that follow and those that will come to our attention in the future.