Vigil for religious freedom outside Indian High Commission

prayer vigil outside the Indian High Commission in London

Prayer vigil outside the Indian High Commission in London (Photo credit: Release International)

On 11 November 2013, Release International held a prayer vigil outside the Indian High Commission in London. The event was held to support the presentation of their Free to Follow petition to the Indian authorities.

Release’s chief executive Paul Robinson and patron Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali spent time discussing the persecution and discrimination that Christians face in India with a representative at the High Commission before presenting the 28,000-signature petition.

Release is an organisation serving the persecuted Church across the world and they are members of the Religious Liberty Commission along with the Evangelical Alliance.

During the vigil, Release supporters read out a list of attacks against Christians and prayed for religious freedom in the country.

As well as physical attacks from militants opposed to the gospel, Indian Christians suffer under the threat of anti-conversion legislation. Release partners in India have recorded 42 attacks against Christians in Andhra Pradesh, India’s fourth largest state, during a six-month period. An average of two assaults a week against Christians are reported in the state of Karnataka.

After the vigil outside the High Commission had ended a delegation from Release walked to Whitehall where a copy of the petition, addressed to the Prime Minister, was presented to a Government Official at No 10 Downing Street.

A video of the vigil is available on the Release International website.