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Government hangs two prisoners
Justice Minister Katsutoshi Kaneda ordered the executions, the 18th and 19th since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe came to power in December 2012, carried out without prior notice to family and lawyers. Japan’s Catholic bishops are a leading voice against the death penalty. Amnesty International complains that one of the prisoners had asked for a retrial. The other had given up on his defence.
12/12/2007 CHINA – TIBET
International Olympic Committee turns down Tibetan request to participate in Beijing 2008
A group of Tibetan athletes in exile will not give up—they want the international community to look into the situation in Tibet and human rights in China. International Pen calls on Chinese President Hu to free writers “guilty” of writing freely.
As bombs fall on Homs, experts say only a political solution is viable for Syria
Syria's armed opposition reports 12 dead and at least 100 wounded. US senator suggests arming the rebels. China slams Western countries for encouraging an increasingly cruel civil war. For the International Crisis Group, only a political solution is possible through a "negotiated transition" and "national reconciliation".
Red Cross visits Syrian prison
For ICRC Chairman Kellenberger, it is a first step. No details about the visit have been made public, including by the official media. Amnesty International has reported the death of at least 88 inmates, including ten children, arrested during anti-government demonstrations. Arab League secretary arrives tomorrow for a visit.
Holy See for rural development and farmers' dignity
The Vatican reaffirms the principle that the bounty of the earth belongs to all. It condemns land concentration and calls on the world to better protect farmers' property, the ecology and the family.
28/09/2009 SRI LANKA
International Book Fair, a success for the Catholic Church
More than a million visitors browse through 400 stands set up in the capital. The end of the civil war leads to a boom, as people feel free to travel the country. Bertram Fernando, who was in charge of the Catholic Church’s stand, says many Buddhists bought CDs of sacred music.
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