Christians in Nepal Request Anti-Conversion Law to be Removed

ICC Note:

Religious conversion in Nepal is illegal, meaning that people are not even able to share their faith. Unfortunately, many countries in Asia punish Christians for sharing the Gospel and even forbid them from having their worship services. Christians in countries like North Korea, China, or Vietnam to name a few, are sent to prison without probable cause or killed for not submitting to the government.

1/20/2018 Nepal(Christian News) –  In 2015, Nepal changed its constitution to become a secular nation with the freedom of religion. However, in October, Nepal’s President Bidhya Dev Bhandari signed a Criminal Code Bill into law. This law, known as the anti-conversion law, makes religious conversion illegal and punishable by five years in prison and a fine of 50,000 rupees.

The law technically prohibits any person from sharing their faith or converting to a different faith. Furthermore, the freedom of religion in Nepal was already restricted by the 2015 constitution in Article 26 (3) where it states,

“No person shall, in the exercise of the right conferred by this Article, do, or cause to be done, any act which may be contrary to public health, decency and morality or breach public peace, or convert another person from one religion to another or any act or conduct that may jeopardize other’s religion and such act shall be punishable by law.”

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