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Forum urges Church action on rights

  • Prakash Khadka, Dili
  • Timor Leste
  • September 8, 2011
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The Church is needed to take a lead in human rights and good governance issues, a forum in Dili was told yesterday.

Participants, NGO staff and Catholics, heard an election commissioner, Angelita, say the Church “has played a vital role, it was perfect place for protection of people.”

The Church “was very strong to [exert] influence in policy making” at the time when global attention was focussed on Timor Leste.

But now “we started to face difficulties with the Church on issues like abortion in case of women pregnant due to rape, and sexual domestic violence cases,” she said.

The forum heard other speakers suggest the Church is not sufficiently active in local society.
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