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The prelate notes that “In these tragic times of COVID lockdown there cannot be a lockdown of the fire of hunger” which “forced those poor to seek the crumbs of jade that fall from mega companies' bulldozers.” For him, “This mine tragedy is a grim reminder of the need for sharing God given natural treasures.” Indeed, “The treasures of Myanmar belong to the people of Myanmar.” Sadly, “This is not the first time of this merciless tragedy and if the relevant stakeholders do not respond with compassion and justice, this will not be the last time of this inhuman tragedy.”

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by Vladimir Rozanskij

Journalist Ivan Safronov arrested, accused of "betrayal of the state". He was investigating the catastrophe of the Losharik nuclear submarine. Scholars, human rights activists, members of humanitarian and charitable associations are now "groups at risk", given that they maintain relationships with foreign colleagues. The ex-Sergeant Sergij Romanov also sentenced by a civil court. His resistance continues in the Sredneuralskij monastery in Verkhoturja.

| 09/07/2020
| RUSSIA

At least 13 million people have lost their jobs because of the virus. 36% reported a decrease in wages and 84% consider the pandemic a threat to their economic situation. Part-time and smart-working are growing. Greater disparities for women.

| 09/07/2020
| TURKEY

They must swear allegiance to institutions and the Basic Law in writing. Democracy activists: They want to align state officials with government positions. Students will no longer be able to sing the anthem of the democracy movement.

| 09/07/2020
| HONG KONG - CHINA
by Shafique Khokhar

Minorities are increasingly discriminated. A Christian dies after he was shot for buying a house in a Muslim neighbourhood. The Archbishop of Islamabad-Rawalpindi calls on the authorities to protect all citizens, without distinction of belief. Attempts to block the construction of a Hindu temple are unconstitutional.

| 08/07/2020
| PAKISTAN
by Nirmala Carvalho

Card Bo remembers the clergyman who died yesterday. A former executive secretary of the FABC Social Communications Office, he was also a consultant for Radio Veritas Asia. “He loved the poor as is evident in his painstaking work to found and nurture the Andhra Pradesh Social Service Society (APSSS), which ensured sustainable livelihood and economic development for thousands of families.”

| 08/07/2020
| INDIA

After prison, Nguyễn Quốc Đức Vượng will be on three-year probation. For experts, this is the harshest verdict for online content offences. It is a sign of growing repression by the communist authorities. Recently, at least a dozen people have ended up in jail for their social media use.

 

| 08/07/2020
| VIETNAM

Microsoft, Zoom, Facebook, Google and Twitter are vetting the implications of the new law for their users. The legislation requires them to work with investigations. For analysts, tech giants are taking their time, but in the past, they have worked with China. This might change if the Trump administration intervenes.

| 08/07/2020
| CHINA – HONG KONG

Shaul David Judelman founded a peace group, Shorashim-Judur (Friends of roots), with Palestinian Khaled Abou Awad. The forces pushing for annexation will not succeed, but the underlying cause of division remain. Differences separate Gantz from Netanyahu whilst Fatah and Hamas remain apart. The US plan missed an opportunity to revive negotiations.

| 08/07/2020
| ISRAEL – PALESTINE
by Pietro Jiang

Bishop and priests banned from pastoral activities.  They refuse to join the "independent Church".  Their situation worsened after the launch of the new regulations on religious activities and after the provisional agreement between China and the Vatican.  The considerations of one believer.

 

| 08/07/2020
| CHINA - VATICAN

Celebrating mass on the seventh anniversary of his visit to Lampedusa, Francis again decries "globalization of indifference". “War, of course, is bad, we know it, but we can't imagine the hell people live there, in those detention camps. And these people only came with hope to cross the sea."

 

| 08/07/2020
| VATICAN
by Joseph Mahmoud

Two days ago, Iraq recorded 2567 deaths and over 62275 cases of infection, mostly in Baghdad. In June, there was a 600% increase in cases of infection. Shortage of health facilities and personnel: in the country of 39 million inhabitants, there are 1.4 hospital beds for every 1000 inhabitants; 0.7 doctors per 1000 inhabitants and 500 ventilators for intensive care. During the coronavirus epidemic, poverty rose from 22% to 34%.

| 08/07/2020
| IRAQ

The British government maintains the civilian casualties in the conflict are "isolated incidents" and there is no "clear risk" of new episodes in the future. NGOs and international bodies fear increase in deaths among the population. Globally the Saudi kingdom is the biggest buyer of weapons of war.

| 08/07/2020
| SAUDI ARABIA - UNITED KINGDOM

Under Beijing’s control the office is in charge of executing the legislation that bans criticism of the regime. Homeland security forces have settled in the city. The Office will be headed by Zheng Yanxiong, considered a "hawk" of the regime.

| 08/07/2020
| HONG KONG-CHINA

At a press conference titled “Preparing the future, building peace in the time of COVID-19,” Card Turkson said: “As the world takes emergency measures to address a global pandemic and a global economic recession, both underpinned by a global climate emergency, we must also consider the implications for peace of these interconnected crises.”

| 07/07/2020
| VATICAN
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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
 
The Financial Intelligence Authority (AIF), the agency of the Holy See and Vatican City State charged with fighting money laundering and terrorist financing, received 64 suspicious activity reports, took action in four cases, and froze one IOR accoun...
| 03/07/2020
| VATICAN
 
by Paul Wang
The bishop emeritus of Hong Kong has no confidence in China and fears government interference in Church affairs will occur in Hong Kong. Card Tong holds a different position. For Hong Kong priest, Beijing will only allow freedom of worship, but religious ...
| 03/07/2020
| HONG KONG – CHINA
 
The State Council has completed the documentation process. The sentence, scheduled for this morning, postponed by two weeks. Rumors of "pressure" on the Ankara government. But Erdogan wants to hold the official ceremony on July 15th, on ...
| 02/07/2020
| TURKEY
 
The country has been ruled by the military for decades. A victory for Aung San Suu Kyi and her League for Democracy is expected, but not the triumph of 2015. The Lady has lost the approval of ethnic minorities and is criticized by the international community ...
| 02/07/2020
| MYANMAR
 
For Yehuda Garami, Zionism and Judaism are confused, but there is a big difference between the two. The conflict is political and “has nothing to do with religion”. For Jews, there is religious freedom and security in Iran; “we do not ...
| 23/06/2020
| IRAN – ISRAEL
 
by Wang Zhicheng
He had only been released in January. Over past 13 years Msgr. Cui Tai has spent long intervals in detention and is released only for short periods on Chinese holidays. His detention is contrary to the laws of the country. The bishop is "a sacrificial ...
| 23/06/2020
| CHINA-VATICAN
 
by Peter Tran
The diocese, which stretches along the border with China, has "the smallest number of faithful" in Vietnam’s Catholic Church, but has "huge" potential. Preaching the Gospel is not limited to the diocese, but can be done in association with the ...
| 22/06/2020
| VIETNAM
BANGLADESH: Muslims bury Christians died from Covid-19
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