The event, organised by the Centre for Social Justice, brought together representatives of Pakistan’s civil society and various religious communities. For Church of Pakistan Bishop Azad Marshall, it is important to go beyond the conference itself and look at root causes.
Today's news: Hong Kong is removing hundreds of texts "unwelcome" to Beijing from library shelves; Taiwan approves additional defense spending in anti-Chinese mode; India's fertility rate drops, below replacement level; Vietnam remains prime destination for trafficking in African wildlife products.
Originally from Maharashtra, he is finishing his second doctorate at the prestigious British university. At least 300 million Indians still belong to disadvantaged castes today. And the government could do much more, he tells AsiaNews.
According to a commission of inquiry created 10 years ago, more than 2,000 cases of missing persons remain unsolved. A recent briefing by Amnesty International documents the effects of abductions on the families of the disappeared. The government has not yet reacted to the charges, but has repeatedly claimed that the missing joined militant groups in Afghanistan.
The "guardian of Jesus," "reminds us that all those who are seemingly hidden or in the 'second line' have an unparalleled protagonism in the history of salvation" and that they "sustain the lives of us all."
Today's headlines: A 20-year-old Hong Kong student activist Tony Chung will have to serve three years and seven months in prison; China's birth rate plummeted in 2020, marriages also at a low; Pakistan grants transit to Indian aid to Afghanistan; Tokyo and Hanoi strengthen military cooperation to counter Beijing.
In Lahore a Muslim woman has been reported to the police for asking the imam to inform worshippers of the death of a Christian living in the area. Ilyas Samuel, a human rights activist: "The Pakistani government should seriously consider the issue of the abuse of these rules".
An “outcast” suffers brutal violence in a Madhya Pradesh village. For Fr Devasagsyaraj, “nothing has changed” in half a century. “Culprits should be punished”, and civil society “should raise their voice on behalf of the voiceless”.
The two women religious were arrested while handing out food to the poor in a slum during the pandemic. Sr Gemma Lucia, Sr Martha and two volunteers spent two months in prison. The Sisters of St Paul of Chartres run a facility with 120 children in a rundown area of the city. They still have to appear in court. Their predicament is a worrying sign of the criminalisation of Christian missionaries.
In today's headlines: Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai holds video call with the IOC president saying she is safe; in India, a 45-year-old man survives night in a mortuary freezer; Jerusalem, a march of support for the Hamas bomber who killed an Israeli and wounded three others; in Uzbekistan, 26,000 people suspended from work because they were not vaccinated.
On the day commemorating the birth of the founder of Sikhism, the Commission for Interreligious Dialogue visited the Gurdwara, the place of worship of this religious denomination. "Until we learn to respect one another, we cannot have peace."
A recent survey by the Institute for Health Policy found that many Sri Lankans are dissatisfied with the economic situation and the handling of the COVID-19 epidemic. Many voters are disappointed by the government.
Saad Rizvi was released from prison following agreements signed between the government and the Islamist party. The ban against the formation was also removed. Pastor Javed Maish: "TLP guilty of the death of several people".
India's prime minister has announced a u-turn on the disputed laws. Small farmers had been protesting for a year that subsidies and state warehouses would suffer under a new system they feared would favor monopolists. The president of the Indian bishops' labour commission: "The cry of the poor has been heard".
Today's headlines: Burmese junta arrests former Democratic MP and hip-hop star. Japan launches record 431 billion euro stimulus. Military talks between China and India on border issue resume. Alibaba's stock market plunge. Moscow wants to send prisoners to work at the North Pole. Collapse of the Turkish lira: the opposition calls for early elections.