06/03/2015CHINA Tiananmen’s legacy: after 26 years, participants still in prison for human rights Some 30 activists, writers, and journalists – some famous like Liu Xiaobo, others unknown workers – remain committed to what they began in Tiananmen Square. For this reason, the Chinese government continues to subdue them through imprisonment, torture, dismissal, and internment in psychiatric hospitals. Despite the passage of time, Tiananmen’s wounds and ideals are still alive. Beijing (AsiaNews) – Twenty-six years ago, during the night between 3 and 4 June 1989, the People’s “Liberation” Army terminated a movement of about a million students and workers who occupied Tiananmen Square for over a...
06/03/2015PAKISTAN Karachi: armed drug dealers threaten Pentecostal clergyman in order to get church land by Shafique Khokhar The attackers belong to the local mafia that sells drugs and alcohol, known for grabbing land belonging to religious minorities. A member of the parish’s executive committee complains about corrupt local police. The National Commission for Justice and Peace organised a meeting seeking an agreement with all parties.
06/03/2015IRAQ Anti-IS coalition determined to win, but Iraqi prime minister speaks of "failure" For US undersecretary of State, the coalition had made "real gains," noting that the Islamic State (IS) group has lost 25 of the territory it controlled at the start of the air campaign. However, Iraqi PM Al-Abadi pointed out that foreign fighters outnumber Iraqis in IS ranks. Iran’s president said that some countries that supported IS miscalculated.
06/03/2015LEBANON – ISLAM Lebanese Muslim leaders slam anti-Christian attacks and violence perpetrated in the name of Islam by Fady Noun In Beirut, Lebanon’s highest Muslim authorities meet for the first time since the appointment of the country’s new chief mufti. In a joint statement, they denounced the threats to the unity, security and stability of the Arab world. They slammed Israel for its alleged plans to divide Muslims. They also came to the defence of Christians and other minorities in the Middle East.
06/03/2015VIETNAM Bishop of Kontum calls for patience and dialogue to stem attacks on religious freedom by Paul N. Hung Msgr. Hoàng Duc Oanh stresses that for the faithful in Vietnam difficulties are a "constant daily". Among the unresolved issues permits related to places of worship and government approvals for pastoral activity. The prelate calls for the cancellation of procedures that are a source of "problems and red tape."
06/03/2015CHINA Hopes vanish of finding survivors of the sunken cruiser amid mounting protests There are only 14 survivors. The Transport Minister Yang Chuantang says "as long as there's even a little hope, we will give it 100% and will absolutely not give up " search of sunken ship. Relatives of the missing accused the shipping company and the Shanghai authorities of having abandoned them without giving any information.
06/03/2015AFGHANISTAN The war in Afghanistan has already claimed more than 100 thousand deaths A study says that along with Pakistan, almost 149,000 civilians and military have been killed and 162,000 seriously injured. The number of civilian casualties up by 16 percent in the first four months of 2015, with 974 deaths and 1,963 injured. Last night nine people working for a Czech humanitarian organization killed.
06/03/2015UZBEKISTAN Tashkent, noted activist investigating forced labor in cotton fields tortured by police The woman had collected interviews and photos on the exploitation of labor in the cotton fields. The police threatened to post pictures of her naked, taken during detention, online. She was also subjected to threats against her family and colleagues activists. Uzbek-German Forum denounces the death of 17 people forced to pick cotton.
06/02/2015CHINA Passenger ship sinks in the Yangtze with more than 440 people missing The Dongfangzhixing left Nanjing for Chongqing. Near the Jianli section (Hubei Province), it capsized for reasons still unknown, perhaps a tornado. Out of 458 people on board, only 13 have been rescued, including the ship’s captain and chief engineer who were detained by the police for questioning.