| SRI LANKA

In February 1823 the British rulers moved thousands of workers from South India to Sri Lanka as cheap labour. The complaint of 'Voice of Plantation People': 'Two centuries later in the districts of Galle and Matara their condition has not changed: they still live without land rights or a home of their own'.

by Steve Suwannarat

Google and Spotify plan to cut jobs in Singapore, while Meta and Twitter have already done so. There are fears that middle and top-level jobs might be axed next in the city-state, home to several major companies. Still, “Technology will continue to undergird the growth of our economies,” says minister.

| 26/01/2023
| SINGAPORE
by Mathias Hariyadi

Nine religious leaders met at a Catholic university in the capital, including Card Ignatius Suharyo. The final communiqué was delivered to the Ministry of Religious Affairs.

 

| 26/01/2023
| INDONESIA
by Guido Alberto Casanova

During the Lunar New Year, the websites of a dozen academic and research institutes were simultaneously knocked out. On Telegram, the group claims that it picked South Korea as its "training ground", threatening more attacks. According to South Korea’s cybersecurity agency, only sites without sophisticated defence systems were affected.

| 26/01/2023
| SOUTH KOREA

Authorities destroy Buddhist religious sites in Tibetan autonomous areas, says Free Tibet. Operations reminiscent of the Maoist repressions of 1966-1976. Those protesting against the demolitions were arrested and tortured. Tibetans speak of 'cultural genocide'. Discrimination even in the health sector in the fight against Covid-19.

| 26/01/2023
| RED LANTERNS

Fawad Chaudhry was taken from his home and brought to court for criticising the head of the Election Commission. In the provinces where local assemblies have been dissolved, preparations for the elections are still stalled. According to commentators, the government's reaction was excessive. Meanwhile, foreign currency and fuel reserves continue to fall.

| 26/01/2023
| PAKISTAN

In the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, the Latin primate recalls the conflicts that wear one down and the expectation of hope. A mission to which all Churches are called, leaving aside "competition and division". Schools, hospitals, houses are "our way of working for justice". At St Paul Outside the Walls, Pope Francis' warning against "indifferent misunderstanding" and "sacrilegious violence".

| 26/01/2023
| HOLY LAND - VATICAN
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