11/27/2014CHINA Xinjiang, seven university students on trial for collaborating with Ilham Tohti The group had disappeared into thin air in January. The authorities claims they are guilty of aiding the Uighur professor to "foment separatism" through a website. Lawyer: "It was a platform for debate among China’s ethnic minorities”. They now risk from five to 15 years in prison. Beijing (AsiaNews) - Authorities in the northwestern province of Xinjiang have put seven ethnic Uighur college students
on trial for being "connected" with Ilham Tohti.
The professor, who is also Uighur, was
sentenced to life imprisonment in September 2014 on
11/27/2014MYANMAR Myanmar: Army violence against women, victims of sexual abuse and violence A report documents at least 188 cases of rapes and abuse in the four years of "reformist" president Thein Sein. However, the actual number of crimes committed against women, particularly among ethnic minorities, is far greater. Calls for greater female participation in political, social and institutional framework of the country.
11/26/2014BANGLADESH Coming back to life after the Tazreen Fashions fire thanks to Caritas Bangladesh by Sumon Corraya Two years have passed since a fire demolished a large garment factory, killing more than a hundred and leaving at least 200 injured. From the start, the Bangladeshi chapter of the Catholic charity helped survivors through care and rehabilitation. Hence, 104 people were able to get back on their feet through, among other things, courses in sewing and animal husbandry.
11/26/2014HONG KONG - CHINA Card Tong calls for non-violence, rationality, and an end to clashes in Mongkok Hong Kong's bishop appeals to "all sides" to end violence in the former British colony's central district. Urging Catholics "to fervently pray" in the hope that the "Lord will lead us out of the present impasse," he reiterates call for electoral reform. Meantime, seven police officers are arrested for their role in October's violence.
11/26/2014TURKEY - VATICAN Turkish Christians, migrants and refugees waiting for Pope Francis The country's small Christian community (0.15 per cent of the population) now includes Filipino and African immigrants as well as refugees from Iraq and Syria. Only a few will be able to see the pope because of tight security. The Church's legal non-existence (part of Ataturk's legacy) drives people to bear personal witness and share in the ecumenism of "blood". People of all ethnic backgrounds, beliefs, and social conditions seek solace in churches.
11/26/2014TURKEY - VATICAN An inward-looking Turkey looks to Pope Francis' visit with sympathy by Mavi Zambak Turks are impressed by the Argentinian pontiff, by his love for the poor and the sick. They hope for signs of peace in the region and help for the wave of refugees. There is no much by way of newspaper coverage. In 2006 Benedict XVI's visit had generated a lot of criticism for the pope and for Bartholomew I.
11/26/2014HONG KONG - CHINA Occupy: Police clear Nathan Road. At least 116 arrests by Paul Wang Two student leaders arrested: Joshua Wong, of Scholarism (high school); and Lester Shum, of the Federation of University Students. At least 7 thousand policemen razed and cleaned up the site where the sit-in lasted 60 days. Police accused of manipulating the law and the court order.
11/26/2014CHINA China, yet another massacre of miners: a fire kills 24 workers in Liaoning The fire was caused by a slight earthquake, that ignited accumulated coal dust. The company which operates the mine, the state Fuxin Coal Corporation, has a long history of mining accidents: in 2005, due to the negligence and corruption of its leaders, 214 workers died in another quarry.
11/25/2014VATICAN Pope: dialogue with ISIS is "difficult, if not almost impossible, but the door is always open" Speaking to reporters on the plane that took him back to Rome, Francis said, "There is the threat of these terrorists . . . but there is also another threat, state terrorism [. . .] with terrorists many who are innocent also fall [. . .] slavery is a part of today's social fabric. Slave labour, human trafficking, child trafficking. [. . .] It is a tragedy. Let us not close our eyes on this! [. . .] Going out to find people and talk is what Europe needs today."