According to a white paper published by the Data Center for Human Rights in North Korea, religious activities in that country have been completely banned. About 46 per cent of participants in a study say that believers are punished with forced labour. North Korean also tries to find North Korean Christians who fled to China. Since 2000, only 559 people have "seen a Bible".
The group is banned in Russia. The Investigative Committee (SK) posted a video on YouTube showing its agents in balaclavas breaking into a flat and seizing piles of foreign currency. Russian Jehovah's Witnesses claim they were tortured and are calling for an investigation into their treatment.
The initiative is titled ‘Let's build bridges of peace and tear down the walls of hatred’, and is one of many activities planned for Christmas. Clothing and basic necessities were delivered to the Khazir camp, just outside Mosul. For a Chaldean priest, acts of solidarity represent a "light" of living together at the end of the "tunnel" of hatred and extremism.
The new regulations require total separation between foreign and Chinese religious groups. They demand total submission to China's laws, regulations, and policies. Membership (names, visa, residence), materials (books, brochures, audio-visual), and meeting places must be closely monitored. No external religious symbols are allowed.
The Middle East Council of Churches issued a statement in defence of the Christian population of Artsakh, who must be protected from possible abuse and reprisals, whilst ensuring their freedom of worship. The agreement reached does not guarantee a true and lasting peace. Churches call for a "new regional order" to meet everyone's aspirations.
The prime minister pushes for further growth centred on domestic consumption. Local government “official” debt is close to US$ 4 trillion, plus US$ 1.8 trillion in hidden debt. The "Li Keqiang Index" is used to measure economic performance.
The country's multi-ethnicity, its religiosity, are being questioned. Above all, the new charter allows the president to run several times in the elections. According to political scientist Askat Dukenbaev, all these discussions are "a weapon of mass distraction".
First recourse to the draconian law in three years. Sentences of up to 15 years’ prison for those who insult the king. The young democrats want the resignation of the "coup leader" Prayuth, a democratic constitution and limits on the powers of the monarch. Another major protest is scheduled for today.
The armed attack unleashed last night at 2 am and continued until morning. The Christians who had gathered since yesterday slept in a common tent and were attacked. The village is isolated and no one is allowed to enter. The police deny all violence. Arun Pannalal, president of the Chhattisgarh Christian Forum: These are attacks linked to a planned conspiracy.
St George’s Orthodox Church in Cheppad is in middle of a dispute. Activists and Christian groups have launched a protest to save the building, including a hunger strike. The church’s 800-year-old apse contains prised murals and paintings. Under pressure, the authorities changed the original route, endangering the future of the church.
In his new book, out on 1 December, the pontiff mentions the suffering of Xinjiang’s Muslim minority. For China, the Pope’s remarks have "no factual basis at all". The internment camps are a tragedy. For analysts, the Pope is cautious on the subject so as not to wreck the agreement on episcopal appointments.
More than 30 people have been arrested under the law. The delivery man, who is the third person formally charged, is currently in custody. As police dragged him away, he shouted: “Spread the news, democracy is cultivated with blood and sweat.” Another indicted man, Tony Chung, was allegedly beaten in detention.
In the document, published in Toronto, the president is termed a "dictator", "executioner of the Belarusian people" and "possessed by the devil". The Belarusian Autocephalous Orthodox Church is chaired by Archbishop Svyatoslav Login and is linked to the Ukrainian Church recognized by Constantinople. In Minsk demonstrations, strikes and layoffs.
The choice of Antony Blinken as Secretary of State is read in this direction. The Chinese are hoping for a change of approach after the Trump era, marked by unpredictability. The US Congress wants to maintain a hard line towards the Asian giant. The incumbent president initiates the transition process.
Growth should reach an estimated of 1.8 per cent by the end of 2020. This positive figure was achieved thanks to rising exports in the first nine months of the year (+ 4.2 per cent). Taiwan’s democratic model is an alternative to China's authoritarian system. South Korea and Japan are in trouble.