The Asia Pacific Baptist Federation, constituting 65 member conventions in 22 nations across Asia Pacific and over 40,000 local churches, is part of the global Baptist community, which comprises 47 million members in 126 nations worldwide, represented by 241 member bodies. The Asia Pacific Baptist Federation (APBF) is deeply concerned about the ongoing unrest and recent escalation of violence in Manipur, Northeast India. The reports of attacks on churches, sacred spaces, properties, and individuals are deeply troubling and a violation of fundamental human rights.

APBF believes that violence in any form is never a solution and only results in harm, loss of lives, and destruction of property. Therefore, we condemn all forms of violence and calls for an immediate cease to such activities. We urge all parties involved to engage in peaceful dialogue and find a non-violent resolution to their differences. The right to freedom of religion and belief is a fundamental human right, and any attack on places of worship, sacred spaces and individuals practicing their faith is unacceptable. We call upon all parties to respect the sanctity of sacred spaces and properties.

APBF urges the authorities to take swift action to ensure the safety and security of all individuals and all communities affected by this violence and to bring those instigating conflict and the perpetrators to justice.

We acknowledge the long-standing co-existence of different communities in Manipur and pray that the long-term grievances are suitably addressed in consultation with the people. We assure the people of Manipur of our prayers and support towards building a peaceful and inclusive society where every individual can live without fear or discrimination.

We call upon all citizens and groups of the society to engage in a reflective, constructive dialogue to find a peaceful resolution. Let us work together towards reconciliation and healing, and towards building a peaceful Manipur.

APBF

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