» 01/25/2016, 15.15
TIBET – CHINA
To win party approval, a lama “doesn’t even need to be a Buddhist’
“Students for a Free Tibet” organise a mock recruitment drive for China’s so-called 'Authentic Living Buddha list’. Wearing a mask of Chinese President Xi Jinping, they rallied against government interference in Tibetan Buddhism. To be recognised as an “authentic lama”, all it takes is being “’Anti-Dalai Lama’,” and “‘Pro-Chinese Communist Party’.” For them, Beijing has “no right to interfere in religious affairs”.
23/09/2016 09:51:00 CHINA-VATICAN
Beijing issues new, harsh draft regulations on religious activities
Fines of up to 200 thousand yuan (27 thousand euro) for "illegal religious activities" by Catholic or other members of underground communities. "Illegal activities" include "dependence from abroad" (such as the relationship with the Vatican). The regulations preach non-discrimination, but party members are forbidden to practice their religion, even in private. Strict control of buildings, statues, crosses. Clampdown on the internet. It could be the end of the underground community.
Train to Lhasa to take out Tibet’s mineral riches
The Qinghai-Lhasa railway line, much vaunted by Beijing as a tool to develop the territory’s economy, will be used to strip the area of its vast mineral riches to the benefit of far-away industries. Recent finds show Tibet is a mining company’s dream, but many fear that development won’t bring much prosperity to Tibetans.
27/09/2016 16:30:00 CHINA - VATICAN
Priests and faithful in China critical of new regulations on religious activities
On October 7, the Regulations will be implemented. Criticism of contradiction between the emphasis on Constitution, which claims religious freedom in China and the Regulations which place numerous limitations on its expression. The State Council’s intervention on religions is "illegal”. Requests for a law that would recognize the right also to the domestic churches (underground) and all religions, not only the 5 recognized by the Beijing government.
22/03/2017 15:41:00 INDIA
The Ganges is a "living being." Raghuvanshi: historic decision, pulls wool from eyes of Hindu nationalists
The High Court of Uttarakhand equates the waters of the sacred river for Hindus to a human being. The goal is to reduce the pollution caused by industrialization and urbanization. Indian activist: "The Hindu radicals use pollution to come to power." The courts must also take action for Dalits who live on the river banks.
17/05/2011 NEPAL – JAPAN
Nepal celebrates the Buddha’s birthday by honouring two Japanese with a peace award
Celebrations are held today in Lumbini, the Buddha’s birthplace. The mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki receive the Gautam Buddha International Peace Award for their action against the proliferation of nuclear weapons around the world.
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