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Smart ID card for Buddhist monks
The government measure is due to the high number of ethical and legal abuses involving monks. In recent years, there have been several cases of misappropriation of government funds in temples. The government has announced the new measure to three members of the Sangha Supreme Council. The new papers are expected “in three months,” a senior Thai government official said.
12/12/2013 INDONESIA - ISLAM
Society against the government over religion on ID papers
Parliament's decision to include holder's religious affiliation in identity papers sparks widespread criticism. For many, the inclusion will lead to persecution and abuse, especially of those who do not belong to any of the recognised faiths. According to research by the Setara Institute, the Ahmadi sect has endured the most with 46 attacks out of 122 incidents recorded in the first six months of 2013.
Indonesia to allow non-official religions on identity papers
Under existing rules, people could choose only among six government recognised religions. According to the Home Affairs minister, people can now choose their own religion. Practical reasons are behind the administrative change, but for activists and pro-human rights groups, it is a step forward in terms of religious freedom.
Contested victory for Democrats in Kaohsiung
The Democrats lost the capital but surprisingly won 40% of votes cast despite the scandals that have overwhelmed the family of President Chen. The ballot revealed a clear divide in the island’s political scenario.
Identity papers used to vote in Indonesia’s presidential elections
People who are not on voters’ lists can still vote presenting their identity papers. This will guarantee basic political rights and prevent popular unrest. Pollsters and local pundits give outgoing President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono a good chance to succeed himself.
14/06/2013 SRI LANKA
For Sri Lankan bishops, the government must respect Tamils, the country needs unity
In a statement addressed to the government, the Bishops' Conference calls for the retention of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which created provincial councils and granted Tamil official language status. Its repeal would be detrimental to northern minorities.
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