Last June, believers in Nepal began growing concerned regarding a new draft law (Article 160) that would restrict freedom of religion in the country. The law, entitled the “Offense Against Religions Act,” would make it illegal to do anything which might be construed as influencing someone to change their religion. Despite the concerns raised with the government at that time and over the intervening months, this draft law has been submitted to a committee which is tasked with finalizing the wording, then it will be submitted to parliament for approval.
“Apparently the wording of the draft clause is unchanged from last June, despite the concerns that have been raised with regard to this with the government,” reported one church leader. “Article 160 is a clear breach of basic human rights and undermines both Nepal as a secular state and the progress made on freedom of religion.” Please join us in prayer for this critical issue.