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Dear (Name):

We write with deep concern over the communal violence that engulfed the district of Khandhamal in Orissa since the eve of Christmas. The violence has led to the death of persons, injury to many and thousands of people have been rendered homeless and destitute. Many houses have been torched and looted. Hundreds of people have fled to the woods. The victims of this violence have been Christians. As of date the Church, its Priests, Sisters and other Christians are under attack in 12 states: Viz. Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Orissa, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, New Delhi, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Naidu, and Uttarkhand.  The timing of the attacks and the way they have been carried out reveal that there is a dangerous attempt by some forces to eliminate Christians and to annihilate Christianity.  

The State has failed in its duty to protect the rights of Christians - protection of life and personal liberty; freedom of conscience; free profession, practice and propagation of religion – the very rights enshrined in the Constitution of the country (Articles 21 & 25) and in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR Articles 18 & 27) to which the Government of India is a party. 

It is India’s ancient civilization that is being humiliated and the values such as Ahimsa, Truth, Tolerance, and Respect for Religions that India has jealously preserved for centuries that are being dragged to the dust. It is India’s good name that has been tarnished and her secular and democratic image that has been seriously damaged before the international community. These recent horrors in various parts of our country have disgraced the high ideals and principles that our wise leaders and saints upheld and the vision that our Founders cherished.

As we recently marked the birth anniversary of Gandhi: a very special day not only for India but for the entire world.  The current crisis in India demands that people of goodwill everywhere work to reclaim Gandhi’s commitment to non-violent transformation of society. In this context, we appeal to you to initiate suitable measures so as to:

•  Protect the rights and the lives and the properties of Christians in Orissa and other states.
•  Provide immediate relief and adequate compensation to the victims as per ICCPR Article 2.3.1
•  Ensure peace and harmony in the affected States so that people may live without fear and may freely practice their faith.

Yours sincerely,


Read the full text of the letter from the International Justice Promoters here


US Ambassador to India
David C. Mulford


Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice   
U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street NW
Washington, DC  20520
FAX: 202-647-2283
(no email address available)

Madam Pratibha Patel
President of India
Rashtrapati Bhavan,
New Delhi INDIA

Dr. Manmohan Singh
Prime Minster of India
Prime Minster's Office,
South Block
Raisina Hill, New Delhi 110 011 INDIA

National Human Rights Commission,
Faridkot House, Copernicus Marg,
New Delhi, 110001


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