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The Indian Jesuit says that mass lynching is "India’s greatest shame". Since 2012, 130 incidents have occurred, involving 311 people, 47 who were murdered. Federal ministers have "anointed and garlanded” murderers. The situation has become so explosive that a law is needed.

| 11/07/2019
| INDIA

Ano Jawhar Abdulmasih Abdoka is the head of the Department of Transport and Communications.  For Christians and other minorities the challenge is to remain "in the land of our fathers".  As a symbolic gesture he has sworn on a centuries old manuscript damaged by jihadists.  The new Kurdish premier Masrour Barzani archives independence and aims for a renewed bond with Baghdad.

 

| 11/07/2019
| IRAQ
by Peter Tran

Between 2012 and 2017, Vietnamese authorities rescued some 7,500 people. Móng Cái, a border town, has now become the main hub for human trafficking. Criminal organisations use "intermediaries" to trick women from tribal mountain communities. Phạm Thị Minh T., forced into prostitution at 17, tells her story.

| 11/07/2019
| VIETNAM - CHINA

More than 20 countries of the Human Rights Council have signed a joint document, devoid of any obligation for Beijing.  Over one million Muslims detained in the Chinese province.  The UN calls for free access to the camps and respect for human rights.

 

 

| 11/07/2019
| CHINA

In a tweet yesterday Pope Francis called for respect of life. For the Pontifical Academy for life, Lambert’s death is "a defeat for our humanity".

| 11/07/2019
| VATICAN

For the Hayabusa-2 space probe, this is the second landing on the asteroid Ryugu, after touching down last February. Now it is back to collect rock samples that could contain clues dating back to 4.5 billion years ago. If successful, the mission, which began in 2014, could be the first of its kind in the history of space exploration.

| 11/07/2019
| JAPAN

For the first time the Syrian government announces progress in the formation of a committee called to write the new Charter.  It should consist of 150 people, representing the government, the opposition and the UN. Fighting continues in Idlib , Turkish support for jihadists and rebels blocks the advance of the government army.

 

 

| 11/07/2019
| SYRIA - TURKEY - UN

The prisoners would have died during the transfer to the prison police cell phones.  Relatives of the victims report signs of burns, broken bones, unrecognizable faces.  The country is at the bottom of the world rankings due to respect for freedoms and rights.

 

| 11/07/2019
| TAJIKISTAN

Brother of the military leader of the Arakan Army (Aa) among detained.  The armed group is fighting for greater autonomy in the Rakhine and Chin states.  Also known as Arakan, the territory is at the center of world attention for the Rohingya crisis.  But the clashes between Aa and government troops this year have already caused 35,000 displaced people.

 

| 11/07/2019
| SINGAPORE-MYANMAR
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by Bernardo Cervellera
A private US company, Recorded Future, detected the espionage operation against the mail servers of the Vatican Secretariat of State, the Diocese of Hong Kong, and the Holy See’s Study Mission in Hong Kong, which acts as a quasi-nunciature. PIME’s ...
| 29/07/2020
| VATICAN – CHINA
 
A few months before the expiration of the Provisional Agreement on appointing new bishops, lay people, priests and bishops wonder about the effects it has had on the life of Christian communities in China. The Vatican is hoping to renew the agreement; ...
| 16/07/2020
| CHINA – VATICAN
 
by Wang Zhicheng
The blackmail of the Jinzhou authorities: you can reopen the churches - after the pandemic - if you ban entry to minors. Mgr. Jia Zhiguo, 83, has been a bishop since 1980 and is responsible for a community of over 150,000 faithful, with a hundred priests ...
| 10/07/2020
| CHINA - VATICAN
 
by Marian Demir
Since yesterday, pro-Erdogan Turkish media are reporting that the Council of State has already "unanimously" decided to transform the Christian basilica into a mosque. But the legal reasons for the "right of the sword" are not "Islamic". Pro-Kurdish ...
| 10/07/2020
| TURKEY
 
National security law “threatens to undermine freedom of expression, freedom of assembly, freedom of the press and academic freedom. Freedom of religion and belief is also under threat. According to many reports, freedom of religion and belief ...
| 06/07/2020
| ASIA - HONG KONG
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