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by Joseph Ha Chi-shing | HONG KONG - CHINA

At Mass in memory of those killed in Tiananmen, Msgr. Joseph Ha, auxiliary bishop of Hong Kong, prayed "that they may find eternal peace in the afterlife, for justice to be done". Hong Kong has had many "June 4ths". Loving God and one's neighbor means that "the value of man is far more important than any other institutional value: the people before the government; the truth before interests". "Could this be the last commemoration mass in memory of June 4th? I do not know".

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by Wang Zhicheng

They had been closed for about five months due to the pandemic. Churches are the last things to be reopened, after industries, restaurants, cinemas, street markets. Permits from all levels of authority and guarantees on preventive health measures are required. Questions on religious freedom, on the silence of the bishops and the Vatican.

| 05/06/2020
| CHINA

The High Commissioner for Human Rights focuses on 12 countries, including the Philippines, Myanmar, China, India, Thailand and Nepal. The situation in Vietnam, where 600 people have been targeted for their social media postings, is worrisome. An independent publishing house in Ho Chi Minh City wins the 2020 Prix Voltaire.

| 05/06/2020
| VIETNAM – ASIA – UNITED NATIONS
by Nirmala Carvalho

After returning to his village in Assam, 21-year-old Amosh Basumatary, is spending 14 days on a bamboo tree house despite testing negative. Heavy rains have taken a toll on the house’s plastic sheet. Amosh is unable to get decent meals.

| 05/06/2020
| INDIA
by Paul Wang

Thousands of people poured into Victoria Park, contravening the police ordinance that had prohibited rallies with over eight people for "health" reasons. Many young people who in recent years considered the vigil a useless ritual also attended. In addition to Victoria Park, there were gatherings in Tsim Sha Tsui, Sai Ying Pun, Sai Kung and Tuen Mun, Yuen Long, Kwun Tong, Tsing Yi, Tai Wai and Sha Tin. The police were on the sidelines without intervening. Clashes in Mong Kok. The auxiliary bishop Msgr. Joseph Ha celebrated mass for the dead in Tiananmen in the Holy Cross church.

| 05/06/2020
| HONG KONG - CHINA

Free after almost 700 days Michael White, detained in 2018 while going to Mashhad to visit his Iranian partner. Sentenced to 10 years for insulting the supreme leader. Washington authorizes the return to Iran of the scientist Sirous Asgari, arrested for espionage. Confirmation of the release of the doctor Majid Taheri is awaited.

| 05/06/2020
| IRAN - USA

Participants asked the Chinese regime to right the wrongs committed on June 4, 1989, when thousands of students were massacred for asking for freedom and democracy. Support for Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement and Taiwan's independence. The Taiwanese government calls on all nations to "not hide history".

| 05/06/2020
| TAIWAN - CHINA

The oil leaked from a fuel tank in Siberia. An angry Putin asks: “Are we going to learn about emergency situations from social media?" The spill drifted about 12 kilometres contaminating a 350 sq km area. For experts, it might take five to ten years to clean up at a cost of US.5 billion.

 

| 04/06/2020
| RUSSIA

Tens of thousands of people commemorate the Tiananmen massacre of 4 June 1989 despite government ban.

| 04/06/2020
| HONG KONG - CHINA
by Sumon Corraya

On 14 May, the first cases of infection were reported among the Rohingya in the Lambashia camp, Cox’s Bazar. Steps have been taken to prevent the spread of the virus among the 34 Rohingya refugee camps. Three camps, housing 15,000 people (3,600 families), are in lockdown.

| 04/06/2020
| BANGLADESH
by Bernardo Cervellera

After 31 years, information control, censorship, expulsion of dissidents, prison, physical and psychological torture, executions and deaths have been unable to stifle the demands of those students and workers of Tiananmen Square: democracy and an end to corruption. The West is indebted to the horror of Tiananmen: the screams, the tears, the blood of the young people killed by the people's army have become the holocaust that has exorcised violence and repression in Europe, at the fall of the Wall. And following this massacre, the West  has benefitted from the low-cost labor served on the plate of globalization to the cost of the millions. Calls for full democracy for China and Hong Kong.

| 04/06/2020
| CHINA - HONG KONG
by Weena Kowitwanij

At least 50,000 street children from Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam, including the Rohingya, live in public places. Charities, NGOs, civil society groups and teachers for street children have slowly pulled back because a drop in donations for disadvantaged children.

| 04/06/2020
| THAILAND

The vicar of southern Arabia has been appointed apostolic administrator of the North after the death of Msgr. Ballin. His priorities: the conclusion of the cathedral of Bahrain and aid to migrant communities. Travel restrictions remain due to the new coronavirus pandemic. A thought for Yemen, an "open wound".

| 04/06/2020
| GULF - VATICAN

In February, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced plans to scrap the Visiting Forces Agreement with Washington, which allows US forces to be stationed in the country. The pandemic crisis and tensions between the United States and China have led to the reversal. The Philippine military accuse Duterte of bowing to Beijing for investments that never materialised.

| 04/06/2020
| PHILIPPINES – UNITED STATES

The students asked for freedom and democracy, an end to corruption, a fair and equitable dialogue between the people and the government. Their repression violated the Constitution and founding principal of the People's Republic. The regime must respond for what has happened, and the victims must be compensated.

| 04/06/2020
| CHINA
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Tens of thousands of people commemorate the Tiananmen massacre of 4 June 1989 despite government ban.
| 04/06/2020
| HONG KONG - CHINA
 
by Bernardo Cervellera
After 31 years, information control, censorship, expulsion of dissidents, prison, physical and psychological torture, executions and deaths have been unable to stifle the demands of those students and workers of Tiananmen Square: democracy and an end ...
| 04/06/2020
| CHINA - HONG KONG
 
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| 03/06/2020
| IRAQ
 
On the 567th anniversary of the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople, Erdoğan endorses the recitation of an Islamic prayer inside the basilica. In a strong-worded reaction, the Greek government calls it an insult to the international community. For Turkey, ...
| 03/06/2020
| TURKEY – GREECE
 
by Wang Zhicheng
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| 03/06/2020
| CHINA – UNITED NATIONS
 
by Bernardo Cervellera
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| 29/05/2020
| CHINA - HONG KONG
 
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| 26/05/2020
| CHINA
 
The theme of the rite, which will be broadcast worldwide from the Lourdes Grotto in the Vatican gardens, at 5.30 pm, will be "Devoted and with one accord to prayer, together with Mary (cf. Acts 1:14)". The Virgin will be asked for help and assistance ...
| 26/05/2020
| VATICAN
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