| INDONESIA

The attorney general accuses Garuda Indonesia’s former CEO of buying jets at inflated prices. Meanwhile, a commercial court approves the company's restructuring plans. The government says the airliner has halved debts and has plans to ensure profitability.


The UN body announces aid cutbacks due to global inflation and the effects of the war in Ukraine. There is enough only for 1.8 million people. International donors have guaranteed only a quarter of the US$ two billion needed. Wheat stocks will be depleted by mid-July.

| 27/06/2022
| YEMEN
by Shafique Khokhar

Sattar Masih and his son Azhar worked at the mansion of a Muslim landowner. When they quit, they began to receive threats. Khalida Parveen, Sattar’s wife and Azhar’s mother, was beaten and injured. A first court hearing was held a few days ago thanks to Human Rights Focus Pakistan.

| 27/06/2022
| PAKISTAN

The country is once again experiencing devastating fires. According to the Ministry of Forestry, 88 percent are arson attacks. Visiting the area of the latest blaze, the president called for "intimidating" punishments. Justice holder announces start of process to "reconsider" 2004 abolition. Fears over later extension of use.

| 27/06/2022
| TURKEY
by Sumon Corraya

Construction took almost seven years with 14,000 workers. The government fully financed the project, carried out by Chinese firms. Thanks to the infrastructure, the GDP of the southern regions is expected to increase by more than 2 per cent.

| 27/06/2022
| BANGLADESH
by Nirmala Carvalho

On the day the Supreme Court ruling in the United States marked a turning point on the right to life, seven fetuses were being found near a bus stop in Belagavi, India. According to doctors, they were around five months gestation and were presumably killed after sex detection. The slaughter of baby girls the dark side of pregnancy terminations in India.

 

| 27/06/2022
| INDIA
by Steve Suwannarat

A “talak” on social media involving two social media personalities, later reversed, has sparked a debate over the trivialisation of Islam in a country where two-thirds of the population are Muslims. Last Wednesday, local authorities reactivated a committee to empower Sharia courts. Islamic law (Sharia) is partially enforced in three states of the Malaysian federation. The situation is raising fears among religious minorities.

| 27/06/2022
| MALAYSIA
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| 24/06/2022
| VATICAN
 
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| 24/06/2022
| MYANMAR
 
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| 13/06/2022
| LAOS
 
by Alessandra De Poli
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| 09/06/2022
| MYANMAR
 
by Vladimir Rozanskij
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| 08/06/2022
| RUSSIA
 
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| 03/06/2022
| CHINA
 
by Nirmala Carvalho
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