03/06/2015VIETNAM In Djak Pnan, lepers' Catholic faith is stronger than government persecution by Thanh Thuy In a small village in the central highlands, Catholics are subject to constant harassment and abuse by the authorities. Nuns who work for the sick get the same treatment. However, Church support is a source of strength and courage. Mgr Girelli's visit is remembered for bringing Pope Francis' greeting and support. Hanoi (AsiaNews) - Municipal authorities in Kon Thup, Mang Yang District,
Gia Lai province (Central Highlands of Vietnam), again attacked local Catholics,
especially in Djak Pnan...
03/06/2015INDIA Christian leader calls on Karnataka to stop Hindu radicals, who are dangerous to minorities by Nirmala Carvalho The Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC) calls on the state government to stop the president of the Hindu nationalist Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) whose presence could "cause public disturbances". Sadhvi Balika Saraswati, another radical activist, urges Hindus to "rebuild the temple of Ram in Ayodhya," and calls for giving "young Hindu women a sword, and if a Muslim just looks at them, they will cut off his head."
03/05/2015CHINA UN rapporteur on torture receives report on activist Li Biyun Li took part in land rights campaigns and ran as an independent candidate in a local election. She accuses police of assaulting her whilst being handcuffed, depriving her of food and water and denying her medical care. She also accuses police of forcing her to submit to the 'tiger bench'. China is a signatory of the 1998 UN Convention on Torture.
03/04/2015INDIA Maharashtra bans beef: 5 years in prison for those who eat it The law on the slaughter, consumption and sale of cows, bulls and steers approved after 19 years. 80% of the country's population is Hindu, a religion that worships the cow. Major consequences for the Muslim community, responsible for beef trade. Christian Association: "Religion is something personal, and the government should not mix it with their norms".
03/04/2015VIETNAM 155 Catholic students denied school access over land dispute For six months hundreds of families have been unable to send their children - between 4 and 15 years of age - to school. The authorities have imposed a transfer to a school 30 km away. For three years there has been a clash between Catholics and authorities over the forced displacement of a thousand families. But some of them resisted.
03/03/2015CAMBODIA - VIETNAM Cambodia deports 36 Vietnamese Montagnards, fleeing persecution The group was stopped in a forested area north-east of the capital. A Cambodian, an ethnic Charai who led the group, was also arrested. Vietnamese and Cambodian police were involved in the joint operation that led to repatriation of the refugees.
03/03/2015NEPAL Hindu fundamentalists threatened peace and stability in Nepal by Christopher Sharma Deputy Prime Minister Bamdev Gautam presents a security report to parliament. The authorities have stepped up surveillance of radical and monarchist groups. Some leftwing and separatist groups are also a danger.
03/03/2015EGYPT - ISLAM Bombs, elections, and convictions on Egypt's path by André Azzam A bomb attack yesterday in Cairo killed two people and wounded nine. Two more people died two days ago in Aswan. Many praise al-Sisi's iron fist; others criticise him for being illiberal. The elections planned for March and May were postponed after the Constitutional Court declared unconstitutional the existing election law. Some Islamists get the death penalty and a number of Arab spring protesters get heavy prison sentences. The president of the Federation of Protestant Churches believes in a better future for Egypt.
03/03/2015CHINA China sets its sights on economies of Central Asia Beijing is investing in the manufacturing sector in Kazakhstan. Tajikistan receives $ 200 million from Beijing to for lead extraction. China’s goal is to limit Russian influence in Central Asia. Experts say China wants to infiltrate the vast market of the Eurasian Economic Union and contain the threat of terrorism in Xinjiang.
03/02/2015PAKISTAN Lahore: 'charity travels' for a Lent of prayer and sharing by Kamran Chaudhry Each year, the archdiocese offers its members a number of day-trips to some of the country's places of suffering (and hope): homes for the mentally disabled, orphanages, centres for troubled children, as well as Mariamabad, one of the most beloved Marian shrine in the whole of South Asia. At the Dar ul-Karishma Centre, the Sisters of Charity welcome people with psychiatric problems.
03/02/2015BANGLADESH Bangladesh holds man over blogger Avijit Roy's murder by Sumon Corraya The suspect had been arrested previously for inciting attacks against writers and intellectuals. The murder victim, a US citizen of Bangladeshi origin, was hacked to death with a machete. Islamist extremists threatened publicly to kill him last year after the publication of his book 'Biswasher Virus,' Bengali for 'Virus of faith'.