» 07/05/2017, 16.45
THAILAND – MYANMAR
Thailand’s new labour regulations cause an exodus of foreign workers
By the end of June, some 60,000 migrants left Thailand for fear of sanctions. Undocumented foreign workers face fines that top US$ 2,000 and five years in prison with those from Myanmar the most affected. Some Thai officials extort money from those leaving. The exodus is having negative effects on Thailand’s economy.
Gaza Christians hoping to go to Bethlehem for Christmas
Israel announces the issuance of special permits for the holidays. Delivery maybe 23 or 24 December. Only a year ago, 3 thousand Christians in Gaza were preparing to face the bombs of Cast Lead. Father Musallam, parish priest during the war: the permission to go to Bethlehem would be "a sign of hope for our families."
Jakarta can stop discrimination but is unwilling to do so
The central government could reverse local regulations but instead turns a blind eye. According to the Setara Institute, Indonesia has 57 laws that affect minority rights. For Human Rights Commission official, “Local authorities are the worst violators of religious freedom”. This “shows the weakness of the central government”.
Pre-Olympics mass ID controls for migrant workers in Beijing
Police is set to register the capital’s 4.2 million migrant workers. Despite official denials many fear it is a prelude to mass expulsion for those caught without residency permits. In Guangdong authorities are instead trying to attract workers.
Bogus permits sold to allow Muslims to grow a beard or wear a veil
Tajikistan has been forcing Muslim men to shave their beards to counter Islamic extremism. Prosecutors are investigating the sale of bogus permits, something denied by the committee in charge of such documents. Top paramilitary official has been arrested on his way to Syria to fight with the Islamic State group.
Kontum, communist authorities threaten to tear down 22 chapels. Appeal from Bishop
The leadership of Djak Tô district want to demolish dozens of private premises used for prayers and functions. The area lacks churches and in the past, people would travel up to 100 km to attend mass. Faithful turn to the bishop, who responds with a letter. While calling for calm, the prelate recalls the right to religious freedom recognized by the government.
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