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VATICAN – ISLAM
The seven monks of Tibhirine to be beatified
The Vatican issued the decree of martyrdom for the slain monks, Oran Bishop Mgr Pierre Claverie, and other 11 men and women religious killed between 1994 and 1996 during the Algerian civil war. Doubts about responsibility in the murders persist.
Junta shuts down monastery close to pro-democracy movement
Authorities clear the Maggin monastery, near Yangon, of its few remaining monks, who are moved to a nearby pagoda. Its abbot and several resident monks are still in jail for backing protests in late September. A well-known activist slams the generals for their hypocrisy.
26/11/2011 VATICAN - CHINA
Religious freedom for China's future
The arrest, kidnapping and self-immolation of Tibetan monks are only one of the many faces with which China reasserts its power over religion. Even Catholic priests suffer arrests, control, the disappearances of bishops, disdain for the Pope and the Holy See. Religious awareness is growing in Chinese society, but Beijing is trying to wipe it out. Yet, only religion can save China from implosion.
23/10/2008 EU - VIETNAM
Europe asks Hanoi to end "systematic violation" of human rights
A resolution of the European parliament also makes specific reference to religious freedom, and to the actions of the authorities against "Catholic parishioners," Buddhist monks, and highlanders
Plainclothes officers surround "underground" Buddhist pagoda
Security forces, who prevented monks from leaving the building, raided the site in response to a recent, new form of protest against Chinese "imperialism". Instead of protesting in the streets, demonstrators organise "picnics" in the country's main parks. Protest leaders have been arrested and beaten by police.
27/05/2017 09:56:00 MYANMAR
Ultranationalist Ma Ba Tha movement banned for spreading ethnic-religious hatred
The decision was made by Myanmar’s Buddhist authority the Sangha Maha Nayaka,. The movement forced to remove its flags and banners by July 15th. Wirathu, a prominent monk in the organization, was banned from giving sermons for a year. The army rejects the allegations of ethnic cleansing launched by the United Nations.
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