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| SAUDI ARABIA - EU

The 31-year-old spent over a thousand days in prison fighting the ban on women driving. In prison she was subject to solitary confinement and torture, since February she has been under house arrest and subject to restrictions. Her sister Lina calls for international support to "expose the injustices in my country and to protect the victims".

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by Shafique Khokhar

The extremist Islamist party has violently attacked France over the Muhammad cartoons. Paris urges its citizens and businesses to leave Pakistan.

 

| 16/04/2021
| PAKISTAN

Hope is needed most to cope with today’s suffering and angst. Transcending human optimism, it “has its basis in something religious: God loves us, and therefore cares for us through his providence”.

| 16/04/2021
| VATICAN

In recent days, about 35 women between the ages of 15 and 30 have participated in a bike ride through the streets of the old city. In the past, bicycles were a taboo; according to a superstition they were the cause of loss of virginity. The restoration project of the mosque destroyed by Isis has been assigned. Don Paolo: significant changes on a social level, economic and administrative difficulties remain.

| 16/04/2021
| IRAQ

Israeli fighters launched attacks on Hamas military targets. A weapons production site, a smuggling tunnel and a military post were hit. Last night a rocket landed in an uninhabited area of ​​Sderot, without causing damage or injuries. Isolation and Covid-19 worsen the situation of population living in the Strip.

| 16/04/2021
| ISRAEL - PALESTINE
by Emanuele Scimia

A new civil conflict is likely, but the country can be saved. The Taliban will take advantage of the US withdrawal to regain power. The need for a new Afghan political class. Young people can be a force for change. A conversation with a Barnabite priest in Afghanistan for over 30 years.

| 15/04/2021
| AFGHANISTAN
by Fady Noun

Cardinal speaks with French diplomatic press, reiterating his appeal to neutrality and a UN sponsored international conference. Diverging visions of the Elysée and the White House on Hezbollah. The issue of Syrian refugees and the demographic element as an essential factor in a delicate balance.

 

| 15/04/2021
| LEBANON

Joe Biden: support for the Afghan government, but no longer on a military level. There are 3,500 US troops on the ground, along with another 7,000 from NATO. The Taliban sing victory: The United States has lost, we will restore the Islamic government. A civil war scenario. The conflict has caused almost 160 thousand deaths: between 35 and 43 thousand are civilians. US forces suffered 2,312 casualties.

| 15/04/2021
| USA-AFGHANISTAN

The 71-year-old intellectual was convicted of involvement in the failed summer 2016 coup against Erdogan. Activists denounced abuses and violations in the trial against him. His first words: News came "suddenly. I want to spend time with my children”.

| 15/04/2021
| TURKEY

Restaurants and bars in the emirate are no longer obliged to affix panels or screens to cover those who consume food. Archbishop Hinder: “less strict” rules for the holy month than in the past. 90% of the inhabitants of foreign origin, a substantial portion non-Muslims. Vaccination tourism linked to the pandemic.

| 14/04/2021
| UAE - ISLAM
by Vladimir Rozanskij

Due to frosts, many agricultural productions were destroyed in March. For onions, beans and corn, extraordinary work rates are needed. According to Islamic leaders, Rakhmon "finds new excuses every year". Trial and convictions for "terrorism" of 119 members close to the Muslim Brotherhood.

| 14/04/2021
| TAJIKISTAN

The activists were members of the Young Free Women movement and the Socialist Women's Assembly. During interrogation they allegedly suffered beatings and abuse. Women’s rights activists say the convention is fundamental to counter "fascism" and the daily "massacres" of women. The “Sofà-gate” case and the question of women in Erdogan's Turkey.

| 14/04/2021
| TURKEY
by Fady Noun

On April 10, the episcopal ordination in Bkerké, presided over by Patriarch Raï. A pastor, catechist, administrator and chaplain linked to the world of scouts and the Focolare movement. The prelate will have to lead one of the most populous and controversial dioceses in the country. The key is hope and strength for the future.

| 13/04/2021
| LEBANON

The holy month begins tomorrow and will end on 12 May with the feast of Eid al-Fitr. This year the COVID-19 pandemic will impose restrictions again. Religious leaders support vaccination, which does not violate the fast. The Chaldean Patriarch extends his wishes, and sees the celebration as an opportunity for “peace and reconciliation”.

| 12/04/2021
| MIDDLE EAST – ISLAM
by Shafique Khokhar

The two women are accused of having thrown away an adhesive label with devotional phrases. One of them risked being killed by a colleague of hers. An investigation has started. The accusation probably arose from disagreements at work or personal interests. Bishop of Faisalabad: It is time to change the blasphemy law.

| 10/04/2021
| PAKISTAN
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by Margaret Ng
The lawyer and pro-democracy activist tells the court why she took part in an unauthorised protest. Freedom of expression and peaceful assembly are the most precious rights the people of Hong Kong have. Defending the rule of law may even mean taking ...
| 16/04/2021
| HONG KONG – CHINA
 
The accused were convicted of organising and taking part in a large anti-government protest on 18 August 2019. Media mogul Jimmy Lai and barrister Margaret Ng are given a one year sentence; Martin Lee, 11 months. Former lawmaker “Long Hair” ...
| 16/04/2021
| CHINA – HONG KONG
 
by P. Wendao
Pope Francis and the universal Church are called upon to stop the closure of Catholic orphanages for mentally and physically disabled children. It is time to review the Sino-Vatican Agreement. After hopes were raised, everything is now being betrayed ...
| 14/04/2021
| CHINA – VATICAN
 
by Nirmala Carvalho
The Hindu pilgrimage is taking place without social distancing and with few people wearing masks while schools and shops are closed. For Father Mathew, the government’s hypocrisy is evident.  
| 13/04/2021
| INDIA
 
Sisters and staff will be banned from visiting children and young people under the age of 18. The reasons: The dismantling of the structures of the unofficial Church and the prohibition of evangelization for minors under the age of 18.
| 13/04/2021
| CHINA - VATICAN
 
The holy month begins tomorrow and will end on 12 May with the feast of Eid al-Fitr. This year the COVID-19 pandemic will impose restrictions again. Religious leaders support vaccination, which does not violate the fast. The Chaldean Patriarch extends ...
| 12/04/2021
| MIDDLE EAST – ISLAM
 
by Lu Haitao
In observance of the local government's pandemic health measures, the diocese of Shanghai cancelled all pilgrimages in May. Msgr. Taddeo Ma Daqin remains under house arrest in the seminary. In Sheshan, the “Valley of Happiness” park and ...
| 12/04/2021
| CHINA - VATICAN
 
by Lee Cheuk-yan
One of Hong Kong's main political figures pleads guilty, but says he did no wrong. Political prisoners are pioneers of freedom. “I do not want to see Hong Kong rule[⒯] on the basis of such systemic violence.”
| 08/04/2021
| HONG KONG – CHINA
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