03/08/2014INDIA India, 67 Kashmiri expelled from university for cheering on Pakistan They are accused of subversion . The students denounce being charged without a fair hearing. Hindu nationalists call for exemplary punishment. The fear is that the case is likely to fuel new tensions between the two countries. Srinagar ( AsiaNews / Agencies) - Accused of subversion and expelled
from the university for having rooted for the opposing team (Pakistan), rather
than for their own...
03/07/2014PAKISTAN Faisalabad: hundreds of "white ribbons" to protest against violence against women by Shafique Kholkar On the eve of International Women's Day, hundreds of people march to demand an end to abuse in all its forms. They appeal to the government for "new laws" to protect women, who are discriminated in the family and the workplace. This battle is "cultural" as well as societal in a country that does not fully recognise equal rights for women.
03/05/2014MALAYSIA - ISLAM Kuala Lumpur: court adjourns trial on the disputed use of the word Allah The Federal Court heard the parties' arguments but adjourned the case "to a later date." For the first time, a panel of seven judges will settle a civil matter. Outside the courthouse, hundreds of Muslim protesters tried to put pressure on the judges. Herald editor says Christians fast and pray for a favourable ruling.
03/05/2014EGYPT - ISLAM Samir Khalil Samir: Hamas ban also good for Palestinians by Samir Khalil Samir The Islamist movement accuses the Egyptian government of helping "the Israeli occupation". However, by choosing the path of violence, Hamas has created the current unsustainable situation in Gaza. Egypt shows that the diplomatic path is more fruitful. The court's decision is in line with the Arab Spring, against an ideological and religious dictatorship and for democracy.
03/05/2014PAKISTAN Pakistani Christians fast and pray for peace and persecuted minorities by Jibran Khan Every church in the country holds special services for Ash Wednesday. The Diocese of Lahore and Rawalpindi issues a message of peace and harmony. For priest in Lahore, this is a propitious time to refrain from the world's temptations. In Sialkot, thoughts go to Christians "persecuted for their faith."
03/03/2014BANGLADESH Home of Catholic family torched in Bangladesh by Sumon Corraya The perpetrators are unknown, but the local community point to Islamic extremists. However, the attack could be the result of a general climate of insecurity that now exists in the country. Family safe: mother, two children and grandmother.
03/03/2014PAKISTAN Pakistani Christians and civil society celebrate Shahbaz Bhatti as more violence strikes Islamabad by Jibran Khan Three years after his murder, hundreds of people pay tribute to the memory of Catholic minister. The memory of a politician in the forefront of the struggle for peace and religious harmony still alive. Among the most important goals the creation of the Ministry for National Harmony and the quota for minorities. Attack on a courthouse in the capital, 11 dead and 24 wounded.
03/03/2014CHINA Vigil for 29 dead and over 130 injured in Kunming massacre A hundred people gathered spontaneously in the station where the massacre took place. The gang raided the station armed with curved swords and meat cleavers and stabbed people randomly. Beijing says the leaders are ethnic Uyghur "separatists", but there is no evidence to support this thesis.
03/01/2014SYRIA ISIL jihadists flee Raqqa In recent days, the group had imposed "rules of submission" to Islam on local Christians. The retreat was ordered by Nusra Front, which has threatened to oust its rivals "from Syria and even Iraq". Population takes to the streets in celebration.
03/01/2014BANGLADESH Bangladesh, a book on Christians in the war of independence from Pakistan by Sumon Corraya It is titled "I saw the war of Independence in 1971" and the author is Alex Rozario, a Bengali Catholic who lives in France. The writer recounts the fundamental role played by the Christian community during the conflict, which has led to the emergence of Bangladesh as a parliamentary and independent democracy.