Nepal closer to new Constitution, but still no religious liberty

The Prime Minister of Nepal today announced plans to dissolve his Cabinet and form a new coalition government that includes members of the main opposition parties.

Nepal’s Supreme Court has told the Constituent Assembly elected in 2008 it must complete the task of writing the constitution by May 27th. The new constitution was a key part of the peace process that began in 2006 after the Maoist rebels gave up their armed revolt and joined mainstream politics.

Father Silas Bogati, the former director of Caritas Nepal told Vatican Radio he hopes a new constitution will bring stability to the country.

However, he said,  “There will be a clause which will bar and criminalize evangelization. We are very much worried about this.”  Full story

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