MABDA Report 06/04/2014

Faiths unite in support of child rights

Leaders of Myanmar’s four main religions met this week to make a joint ‘Myanmar Interfaith Declaration’ on the rights of the child.

The declaration expressed their commitment to the notion that every child can enjoy his or her rights according to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The commitment was given at an event organised by a partnership between the Ratana Metta Organisation and UNICEF and held at the Chatrium Hotel on April 2-3.

“The conference is the first time in Myanmar’s history that religious leaders from different faiths have come together to maximise the use of the spiritual, moral and social assets of religious communities in support of child protection, survival and education”, said a press release jointly issued by RMO and UNICEF.

Scottish Independence: Role of religion 'should be recognised'

Churches and faith groups are calling for the role of religion to be recognised in any written constitution for Scotland.

They plan to hold an interfaith conference on the subject in Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire, in July.
The Scottish government has said it will publish a draft constitution before then to inform the independence debate.

The call follows an interfaith meeting convened by the Church of Scotland.

Pakistan Religious Parties Support Hindus

Amid successive attacks on Hindu temples in southern Sindh province last month, Pakistan’s mainstream religious parties have come together to stand alongside the Hindu community assuring them of their support.
“This (attacks) is an orchestrated campaign aimed at sabotaging the inter-religion harmony in the country,” Asadullah Bhutto, a former parliamentarian and deputy chief of Jamat-e-Islami, country’s one of the two mainstream religious parties, told