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.

 

| 24/11/2021
| PAKISTAN
by Peter Tran

The nuns started with three or four children and now help some 800 children who are without parents or far from home. Now they run six boardings houses, which have become a reference point for the area. Sister Y B remembers that “In the beginning, we didn't even have milk to offer these children.” Now they grow food and raise funds.

| 24/11/2021
| VIETNAM
by Wei Jingsheng

Cracks have appeared in the CCP before and after its sixth plenary session. Internal opposition prevents President Xi from imposing his version of the third “historic resolution”. The case of tennis player Peng Shuai was artfully built to hit Zhang Gaoli. The Chinese do not accept Xi's dictatorial model. The “father of democracy" in China, now exiled in the United States, offers his thoughts.

| 24/11/2021
| CHINA
by Vladimir Rozanskij

After citizens of Russian origin, Kazakh nationalists are targeting Turkish-speaking citizens. Clashes with Uyghurs and Dungans. The government minimizes and invites the population to national harmony. Poverty pushes minorities into city suburbs, where social tension is growing.

| 24/11/2021
| KAZAKHSTAN

Peaceful protests broke out yesterday in the city of Shahr-e Kord in front of the governor's residence. Other rallies have taken place in Isfahan, central Iran. Many people are getting drinking water from tanker lorries, but there is no water to irrigate farmland. Meanwhile, the government has promised solutions "in the next months.

| 23/11/2021
| IRAN

Taiwanese companies that finance separatist groups and personalities will be punished "according to law," the Chinese government says, targeting those present also in China. Taiwanese multinational Far Eastern Group seems to be the first victim. Tensions high: US warships continue to pass through the Taiwan Strait.

| 23/11/2021
| CHINA - TAIWAN
by Dario Salvi

AsiaNews has gathered the testimonies of some of the 450 young people who participated in the meeting promoted by the Chaldean Church in Baghdad. The hope of overcoming wars, violence and the pandemic. The ideal of belonging to a community at the service of others, including Muslims, in a "spirit of charity". 

| 23/11/2021
| IRAQ
by Vladimir Rozanskij

The leader of the Orthodox Church claims "Russia is the true leader of the free world". Celebrated and honored by Putin. Hailed for his "evangelizing force". The worry of the schism with the Ukrainian Orthodox. His appeal against all tyrannies and warnings about the limits of super-technological civilization.

 

| 23/11/2021
| RUSSIA
by Emanuele Scimia

Xi Jinping told ASEAN countries that China does not seek hegemony in the South China Sea. For Washington, Vietnam "will define the future of Asia". Like the Chinese, the Vietnamese are boosting their presence on disputed atolls in the region. For expert Carlyle Thayer, conflict between Hanoi and Beijing is extremely unlikely.

| 22/11/2021
| VIETNAM – CHINA - UNIETD STATES
by Mathias Hariyadi

Dozens of houses in six districts of the diocese have been flooded and more than 245 hectares of farmland submerged. About 54,000 people have been affected, including 12,000 displaced. Some 11 churches have become unusable. Bishop Samuel Oton Sidin launches an appeal for aid in response to the emergency. President Jokowi speaks of “extreme” rainfall.

| 22/11/2021
| INDONESIA
by Vladimir Rozanskij

An age-old scourge in the country that the government is struggling to eradicate. Fines of up to 30 euros for offenders. In 2019-2020 more than 27 thousand people were reported for violent behavior towards children. Psychologists: far more incisive actions are needed.

 

 

| 22/11/2021
| TAJIKISTAN
by Stefano Caprio

The former secretary of the Bishops' Conference, Msgr. Igor Kovalevskij, has left the ecclesiastical service in disagreement with his superiors and confreres. The debate hinges on the fate of the buildings associated with the Moscow church of Saints Peter and Paul. The need to develop a "healthy Russian Catholic patriotism" .

 

 

| 22/11/2021
| RUSSIA

Democratic representation reduced to zero after electoral reform. Only 11 candidates out of 153 declare themselves unrelated to pro-Beijing forces. A candidate committed to the democratic protests of 2019-2020 suceeds in being admitted. The problem of voter turnout.

 

 

| 20/11/2021
| HONG KONG - CHINA
by Mathias Hariyadi

This year’s RUN4U, which was held online due to the pandemic, raised 3.8 billion rupiahs for projects dedicated to people with disabilities, education and health. Cardinal Suharyo also joined in running on his treadmill.

| 19/11/2021
| INDONESIA
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