| INDIA

At a rally in Jharkhand on the eve of the last voting round, the Indian prime minister attacked some schools that chose Friday as a public holiday instead of Sunday, claiming that after Hindus, Muslims are also “fighting with Christians". He also vowed that Muslims would never be eligible for benefits meant for Dalits and tribal people.

by Mathias Hariyadi

In a meeting with the Bishops' Conference, the Minister of Religious Affairs took stock of the Department's initiatives for Catholics. Also announced were permits for the construction of two new churches in the archdioceses of Jakarta and Pelambang

| 29/05/2024
| INDONESIA

According to Amnesty International's annual report, 1153 death sentences are the highest figure for the past eight years and an increase of more than 30% compared to 2022. In contrast, the number of nations (16) in which people are executed is falling. The sad record goes to the Islamic Republic with 853 hangings. But data (secret, but in the thousands) from China, North Korea and Vietnam are missing. 

| 29/05/2024
| IRAN - ASIA
by Vladimir Rozanskij

Long under attack from opposition parties and movements and even the Apostolic Church for his policy of ‘normalising’ the conflict with Azerbaijan and emancipating himself from Russia's protection, the Armenian president categorically rules out the possibility of early elections. Kremlin keeps watch, knowing that Yerevan will not be able to do without Moscow's military and economic support.

| 29/05/2024
| ARMENIA

New arrest order was issued for jailed lawyer Chow Hang-tung and five other people who tried to use Facebook to keep alive the memory of the victims of the student massacre 35 years ago. This comes a few days before the 4 June anniversary. The people charged face up to seven years in prison for “resisting memory rewriting.”

| 28/05/2024
| HONG KONG – CHINA

Societal discrimination is pushing single mothers to give their children up for adoption, starting with their family. South Korean single parents are the poorest among OECD countries. International adoptions have been a lucrative business for years; only recently is the situation changing.

| 28/05/2024
| SOUTH KOREA
by Arundathie Abeysinghe

Connectivity is the key word in relations between Delhi and Colombo, in different areas: maritime, air, energy, trade, economic and people-to-people. Projects examined include the so-called "Land Connectivity Corridor", a bridge over the sea – for road and rail – connecting Talaimannar to Rameswaram. India contributed to the island's economy at the worst of its crisis.

| 28/05/2024
| SRI LANKA – INDIA
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