Abuses in Nagaland

Protesting rights violations

When an ethnic group is being persecuted, it is often hard to determine whether people’s religious or human rights are being violated. This is certainly true of the Nagas, a group of 2 million people living in India’s northeast. This tribal group, once headhunters, is now more than 90 percent Christian. The majority are Baptists.

Experts estimate that nearly 300,000 Nagas have been killed during their 50-year struggle with India, in what one journalist calls “India’s dirty little war.” Today the Nagas feel they are battling with India for their cultural and religious survival.

When Bill Richardson, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, traveled to South Asia in April--a trip that included talks with China and India’s leaders--the American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. requested that he make the plight of the Nagas a part of his agenda.


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