05/28/2015CHINA - RUSSIA Moscow wants to "restore" Russian sites and monuments in Northeast China by Nina Achmatova The Coordination Council of Russian Compatriots in the People's Republic has prepared a program which identifies seven objects of historical and artistic significance; these include churches and a cross on the site where a battle was fought in the Russo-Japanese War. Moscow (AsiaNews) - The Coordination Council of Russian Compatriots in the PRC is proposing a restoration project of historical sites and monuments linked to the Russian community in Northeast China. The Council outlined its proposal during its ninth meeting,...
05/27/2015KYRGYZSTAN – UNITED NATIONS UN calls on Kyrgyz authorities to revise bill that labels NGOs as "foreign agents" The bill would affect foreign-funded organisations involved in political activities to register as foreign agents. For UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the bill fails to define “political activities” and could jeopardise human rights and freedom of association. Human Rights Watch warns that the bill will “only stigmatize” NGOs working in the country.
05/27/2015CHINA – VATICAN As the parish priest at Baoding’s Mary Queen of China Church is arrested, another Catholic altar is demolished Fr Liu Honggeng has been missing since 7 May. His mobile phone is off and his parishioners have hit a wall of silence by local police. The underground priest was getting ready for the Marian month. He has already spent eight years in prison for refusing to join the Patriotic Association. The authorities have also detained Mgr Julius Jia Zhiguo of Zhengding for 12 days without explanation. In Baoding, agents demolished an "illegal" Catholic altar. Two women were wounded trying to protect it.
05/27/2015HONG KONG – CHINA Beijing picks Tiananmen anniversary for meeting on Hong Kong’s political future The Chinese government wants to meet with Hong Kong legislators on the day the territory holds its traditional pro-democracy rally. Hong Kong’s chief executive calls on 27 pro-democracy legislators to choose between the future and an anniversary. Pro-democracy iconic figure Lee Cheuk-yan calls for a boycott of the Shenzhen meeting.
05/27/2015THAILAND - MYANMAR - ASIA Thai army to the rescue of the Rohingya migrants with emergency operation on the seas by Weena Kowitwanij Army and Air Force launch a two-week operation patrolling the waters and offering emergency services. Food, water, medicine and fuel to reach their final goal will be given to the desperate migrants. Prime Minister calls for a common solution in the Asean summit, on the 29. In Yangon nationalists and Buddhists take to the streets against the repatriation of the Rohingya.
05/27/2015VIETNAM Human rights blogger is freed and promises renewed battle Hanoi authorities have released the 51 year old Truong Duy Nhat, who was sentenced in March 2014 to two years in prison. He was charged under Article 258 of the penal code, applied to target dissidents. He promises to continue his fight for rights and civil liberties in Vietnam.
05/27/2015ISRAEL - PALESTINE Israeli air raids in the Gaza Strip strike Hamas targets The operation in response to a rocket launch yesterday on the port city of Ashdod. So far, no official news of deaths or injuries. Four training camps targeted. International activists accuse Hamas (after Israel) of war crimes.
05/26/2015CHINA China’s ruling Communist Party warns its members that harbouring religious beliefs will be punished In an article published, the newsletter of the party's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection acknowledges the presence of religious believers in the party. This is “attracting serious concern” because whilst “Chinese citizens have the freedom of religious belief, [. . .] Communist Party members aren't the same as regular citizens; they are fighters in the vanguard for a communist consciousness”. Hence, anyone who strays away will become the target of disciplinary action.
05/26/2015INDONESIA Widowo relaxes security measures in Papua, announces pardon for political prisoners by Mathias Hariyadi Journalists, especially foreign ones, will be able to visit Indonesia’s easternmost provinces, a decision initially opposed by the country’s military and police. The Indonesian president also expressed his intention to pardon political prisoners. However, most are refusing, calling instead for an amnesty.