» 06/13/2012, 00.00
Beijing's plans to defend religious freedom and human rights are but "empty words"
China makes public its second National Human Rights Action Plan, which acknowledges that the country has a "long way to go before fully allowing people to enjoy human rights." Freedom of religion and expression are formally protected, but "as usual," these are "empty and meaningless words." The authorities "spend time and money only to control religions, not help them."
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Lahore, imams and priests lead a vigil for Easter attack victims
Gathered at the Dominicans Peace Centre, the religious leaders underline the terrorist and non-religious nature of the attack. The victims are 76, of which 17 Christians. The importance of staying united: "This violence seeks to spark new sectarian clashes, but we can stop them. We are not afraid of them".
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Lahore: activists from all religions on hunger strike against terrorism
Protesters slam the government’s inability to fight Islamic extremism. “Despite government denials, there is evidence that Daesh is active in Pakistan. Banned organisations still operate freely in Punjab." After the National Action Plan was adopted, the legal system was not reformed. Military source blames “hostile intelligence agencies” for terrorism.
Indonesian bishops to promote programmes for addicts' "physical and moral" rehabilitation
At the Bishops' annual meeting, drugs were discussed in depth for the first time. The prelates plan to act for the physical and spiritual care of those who abuse drugs. In 2013, the number of drug users topped 4.9 million people who come from every walk of life, but more widely found among the upper classes.
China announces “action plan” on human rights
A group of experts should draft a charter of rights over the next two years to protect human rights. Many experts fear it might just be a propaganda ploy, urge the authorities to take concrete steps to show its good will.
27/07/2012 SRI LANKA
Colombo adopts plan for refugees and former Tamil Tigers
Sri Lanka responds to United Nations' demands on alleged war crimes committed by the military in last phase of the civil war in 2009 with a National Action Plan that demilitarises the north of the island nation.
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