Christian and Muslim groups are urging a peaceful resolution following attacks allegedly by groups linked to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in Mindanao in the Philippines, and retaliation by government troops.
Church-backed Philippine human rights activists have reiterated their call on the UN Human Rights Council to "keep pursuing our government to stop the extra-judicial killings and other human rights violations".
The Bible needs to be re-read from the viewpoint of women so as to shatter "institutionalised patriarchy", which is reinforced by "conservative" biblical interpretation, says a leader of a prominent group of women theologians.
The Philippines Catholic Bishops' Conference has described the sale and trade of human organs, and issue of increasing concern across South East Asia as "morally unacceptable" and as a violating the dignity of a human person.
A cold wind blew through Park Lane, Central London, on Tuesday night as a small group of protesters supporting the Campaign for Human Rights in the Philippines (CHRP) held banners for two hours and chanted for the Philippine president to “Stop the Killings in the Philippines”.
Face to face with violence and death, churches in the Philippines are helping to build peace in a country where armed conflict continues to rage, says Maurice Melanes. Christian-Muslim cooperation is an important part of the alternative agenda.
In face of "escalating human rights violations," the World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary the Rev Dr Samuel Kobia has announced stronger ecumenical advocacy efforts to bring the Philippines under international scrutiny.
Christians should be able to look past denominational differences and see their common humanity, said a church leader working with other faith and civic leaders to stop gross human rights violations in the Philippines.
A World Council of Churches (WCC) delegation on an 18-21 November 2007 visit to the Southeast Asian country has heard testimonies from families of people who have been abducted, tortured and killed - including church and human rights workers.