Sri Lanka is currently facing an unprecedented constitutional and political crisis. On 26th October, the former president Mahinda Rajapakse was appointed as the Prime Minister in a unconstitutional and unprecedent manner. This has led to an immense sense of unrest and instability in our country. At the moment, both Prime Ministers take the view that they are effective and both constitutional.

This unfortunate state of affairs has led to a great sense of instability and unrest in Sri Lanka. The political climate present, is very uncertain with rival political parties both attempting to gain power.

Some of the unfortunate incidents have occurred with most concerning is that of a pastor (from the western province) who was abducted, physically assaulted and severely beaten, he was later dropped off in a rural area– presently he is hospitalized. The information we received concerning this incident is that he was abducted because he was building a church in the area he was residing.

Please uphold Sri Lanka’s political crisis and the church in prayers:

  1. For the position of Prime Minister to be filled in accordance to the divine will of God.
  2. For the prevalence of peace and unity in Sri Lanka.
  3. For democracy, constitutional principles and the rule of law to be upheld.
  4. For further violence and panic to not grip the country or its citizens.
  5. For strength for the Sri Lankan Church to carry out its ministry unhindered during this time of political turmoil.
  6. For strength for the NCEASL to carry out its work during this time of political turmoil.

Please find attached document with a summary of the series of incidents and the legal argument for and against it.

Blessings and warmest regards,

Yamini Ravindran (Attorney-at-Law, LL.B)
Head, Legal & Advocacy 
Religious Liberty & Social Justice Commission
National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka

Consultation on Defending Religious Freedom: A Legal Perspective Colombo, Sri Lanka

Persecution against the church in the South Asian region has continuously increased over the past few years. According to the World Watch List for the period of 2017/2018, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka are within the top 50 countries where persecution against Christians is highest.1 One of the main reasons behind this has been the rise of religious nationalism in the region. For instance, India and Nepal have witnessed the spread of the Hindutva ideology by extremist groups such as the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and its affiliates and Sri Lanka has seen the rise of the Buddhist nationalist ideology by groups such as the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS). Continue reading “Consultation on Defending Religious Freedom: A Legal Perspective Colombo, Sri Lanka”

The Triune God: Creation, Church and Consummation

Statement of The Asia Church Congress Theological Consultation Bangkok, Thailand 20 to 22 August, 2013 Asia Evangelical Alliance
30 August 2013

Shape and Focus

We, the members of the Asia Evangelical Alliance Theological Commission (AEA: TC), along with church leaders from Asia, gathered for The Asia Church Congress Theological Consultation. The leaders from twelve Asian countries represented a broad spectrum of denominations and confessions, including Evangelical, Pentecostal, Methodist, Reformed, Presbyterian, Baptist, Nazarene, Christian and Missionary Alliance and Independent. The topic was The Triune God: Creation, Church and Consummation, with the key verse: “In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams” (Acts 2:17).

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United India Votes for Stability

20 May 2009

New Delhi: The Indian voter has spoken – clearly, decisively and positively. Confounding the politicians, pollsters and pundits, the Indian National Congress party and the rump United Progressive Alliance (UPA) have received a resounding vote of confidence taking them into majority territory on their own. Even the optimistic Congress party was pleasantly surprised and the overconfident Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) still does not know what hit them. As the BJP introspects they should consider the voters’ verdict against the politics of polarization.
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Pray for Sri Lanka as Parliament votes on Anti-Conversion Bill

23 January 2009

The renewed interest by the JHU to proceed with the proposed anti-conversion bill and certain news reports have created much interest in this issue and fuelled many rumours. We write to keep you informed of the recent developments, action that NCEAL has been taking and what we propose to do together with you to address this challenge.
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