By Matters India Reporter
New Delhi, July 9, 2019: A Christian group that uses legal advocacy to protect persecuted Churches plans to organize special programs on August 22, the UN day to commemorate victims of religion-based violence.
The Indian unit of the Alliance Defending Freedom has invited all Churches in the country to conduct hour-long prayers for a week ahead of August 22.
The ADF wants participating Churches in each town to organize common events at their respective locations at the same time as the main event being organized in New Delhi.
The prayers are meant “for families of martyrs, rehabilitation and compensation of victims, release of innocent people languishing in jails, speedy settlement of cases, courage for Christians in the face of persecution, and for governments to take all necessary steps to prevent recurrence of violent acts linked to religion or belief,” an ADF press release says.
The United Nations declared August 22 as International Day commemorating the victims of acts of violence based on religion or belief.
“This is a call to all nations to honor their commitment to guarantee the right to religious freedom as adopted by UN General Assembly in 1948,” the press release adds.
According to ADF, a third of the world-population is presently facing some form of religious persecution.