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Let us listen to Francis against slave labour, scourge of India
The secretary general of the People's Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR) analyses the problem of human trafficking. Out of 30 million victims of bonded labour or slavery in the world, nearly half are in India.
Education and learning against child exploitation, says Lenin Raghuvanshi
On World Day against Child Labour, the Indian activist calls for better schooling for everyone as the only solution to the problem. Some 55 million children live in slave-like conditions, especially among the lowest castes of society.
08/03/2017 18:10:00 PAKISTAN
Former worker under house arrest in Lahore for asking fair wage
Muhammad Iqbal is suing his former employer who exploited him for little money. In Pakistan, 2.3 million people work in slave-like conditions. It is common practice to pay off parents’ debt with child labour. About 65 per cent of bonded labourers are Christian.
24/02/2017 13:56:00 INDIA
Mumbai fishermen furious over plans for worlds tallest Shivaji statue
The equestrian statue of the god warrior will measure 190 meters; its construction will cost almost 510 million euro. It is expected to be completed in 2021. It will attract 10 thousand visitors a day. The fishing community complains that the money could be spent on improving health, education and infrastructure. Activist: "The fascist forces use the god's statue as a symbol of Hindutva".
For pope, Church and Mary go together; no one can belong to Christ outside the Church
On World Day of Peace, Pope Francis strongly emphasised the link between Christ, Mary and the "Holy Mother Church as hierarchy." He called on the assembly to shout three times "Holy Mother of God!" Without the Church, the relationship with the living Christ, faith - even the most mystical - is reduced to an "idea, a moral teaching, a feeling [. . .] at the mercy of our imagination, our interpretations, [and] our moods." The Church exists to "spread to all peoples God's blessing made flesh in Jesus Christ." The pope issued a call to arms against "modern forms of enslavement. From every people, culture and religion, let us join our forces."
Indian activist: Freedom of religion, foundation of human life and democracy
Lenin Raghuvanshi comments on the Pope's address to the diplomatic corps to AsiaNews. Life and human dignity are related to religious freedom, the fundamental value of any society that calls itself democratic. If it is denied, the state is pushed towards fascism.
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