All India Christian Council
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|Motto||To Protect and Serve|
|Founded||1998 in INDIA|
|Type||Non-profit, Interest group|
|Services||Media attention, direct-appeal campaigns, government lobbying|
|Fields||Protecting Human rights|
|Key people||Joseph D'souza (President), John Dayal (Secretary General)|
The All India Christian Council (AICC) is a nation-wide alliance of Christian denominations, mission agencies, institutions, federations and Christian lay leaders.
AICC was formed in 1998. The declared purpose of the organization is to give a united voice to protect and serve the interests of Christians primarily and the Dalit Bahujans. The AICC claims to cut across denominational barriers to act against the alleged growing violence and blatant violations of Religious freedom in India amongst the Christian community, minorities and other oppressed castes in India.
The Council monitors, documents, advocates and intervenes with the government of India, the national justice system, civil society organizations, and human rights groups. It has a vibrant relationship with global human rights organizations involved with international advocacy for Dalit human rights and freedom of faith in South Asia. The Council’s national and international network has conducted disaster relief during several natural calamities like in the Orissa Super Cyclone, Gujarat Earthquake which were profusely appreciated by the Government of Orissa and the Government of Gujarat respectively.
The council also was able to host five meetings for the United Nations Special Rappertour on Religious Freedom, Ms. Asma Jehangir during her last official visit to India. Another major activity of the council is to constitute fact finding teams for various issues and also conducting Human Rights Awareness Seminars across the country. So far the leadership has completed such seminars in over 55 districts of India and hope to make them in all the 500 districts (the official 625 districts of India put into 500 major districts). The audiences include multi-faith leaders from various religious communities, local ethnic group leaders, officials, media and other leaders from various walks of life.
- "Welcome to Indian Christians". Indianchristians.in. Retrieved 2013-11-29.