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| HONG KONG – CHINA

The accused were arrested in January for organising and taking part in a primary held in July 2020 designed to win the upcoming election. Card Joseph Zen and Lee Cheuk-yan were present in the courthouse where the accused were arraigned. For US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, “Political participation and freedom of expression should not be crimes.” Beijing wants to severely punish Jimmy Lai, Benni Tai and Joshua Wong.

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by Bernardo Cervellera

Msgr Ramousse died yesterday of Covid. He was expelled from Phnom Penh in 1975. He returned there in 1989. He focused heavily on the growth of a Khmer Church and on the flowering of local priestly vocations. It was also thanks to him that the Catholic Church is now recognized by the Cambodian government. Collaboration with PIME for the rescue of 2,000 Cambodian and Vietnamese boat people.

| 27/02/2021
| CAMBODIA - FRANCE
by Francis Khoo Thwe

The Mon march together with other ethnic groups in the economic capital. Three reporters detained. Ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun calls on the international community to "stop the military coup". UN envoy Christine Schraner Burgener warns every country against recognizing the junta regime.

| 27/02/2021
| MYANMAR
by Francis Khoo Thwe

Myanmar’s civil society goes on strike: doctors, health staff, teachers, students, bank employees, private sector workers, railway employees, dockworkers. According to the UN rapporteur on Myanmar, three-quarters of state employees are on strike. The junta could be dragged down by economic collapse. Police carry out night arrests, detain protesters. Catholic nuns and Buddhist monks support protesters. A Japanese journalist is arrested. Indonesian minister calls for respect the wishes of the people of Myanmar.

| 26/02/2021
| MYANMAR

In the letter to the faithful for Lent, Fr. Ibrahim recalls the suffering of 10 years of war, exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic. Parents don't have money to feed their children, unemployment and inflation are on the rise. Suicides of desperate fathers are on the rise. “Emergency first Aid” intervention from the Church. The example of the father of Jesus, who "did not flee from the unknown".

| 26/02/2021
| SYRIA
by Nirmala Carvalho

A law approved criminalising religious conversion and denying bail to those accused. The bishop of Lucknow: "The anti-conversion law goes against the fundamental right to profess, practice and spread one's religion". "Shrewdly, 'Ghar wapasi' (conversion to Hinduism, editor's note) is not considered a forced conversion while in reality it is there that force, intimidation and threats are used to reconvert".

| 26/02/2021
| INDIA

They were arrested in January for organizing and taking part in the July primary. A repeat of the Jimmy Lai case is feared. The group includes Benny Tai, strategist of the electoral campaign. Accused of "wanting to win the election". Chinese university students’ union banned.

| 26/02/2021
| HONG KONG - CHINA
by Shafique Khokhar

The content sparked a social media campaign. In a letter to Pakistan’s prime minister, Prof Anjum wrote that “racism is a crime against humanity and is the enemy of pluralism, peaceful coexistence and social harmony.”

 

| 25/02/2021
| PAKISTAN

For the Chinese president, 99 million people have been lifted out of poverty in eight years, a gift for the centenary of the Chinese Communist Party. However, the base point is too low; in fact, 13 per cent of the population still lives below the poverty line. Doubts have also been cast on economic picture since it is based on data provided by the provinces.

| 25/02/2021
| CHINA
by Francis Khoo Thwe

Clashes with residents took place at the Sule pagoda and at the central station. At least 30 junta thugs were handed over to the police. A Democrat demonstrator died in prison yesterday. A man died while patrolling his neighbourhood to prevent arrests of protesters.

| 25/02/2021
| MYANMAR
by Nirmala Carvalho

The complaint filed after a school suspension for harassment. The bishop speaks of "lies" fabricated out of “revenge". It all started with the reaction of a Hindu teacher who instigated the complainant because of the delayed payment of her salary.

| 25/02/2021
| INDIA
by Vladimir Rozanskij

Demonstrations resumed after the arrest of Nika Melia, head of the "United National Movement" party, inherited from Saakashvili. Melia has been subjected to arrests, trials, allegations of electoral fraud and attacks on his life by hired gangsters. In recent years, nearly 20% of the population has left the country, torn between love for the West and submission to Russia amid a languishing economy.

| 25/02/2021
| GEORGIA
by Silvina Premat

Hwang Doo-Jin was sentenced to 12 years in prison for attempted murder of his partner. Local bishops urge people to avoid prejudice and abuse. The conviction has been appealed. There are fears of discrimination because the accused belongs to a small immigrant community.

 

| 24/02/2021
| ARGENTINA – SOUTH KOREA
by Francis Khoo Thwe

A multi-ethnic rally was held today to show the international community that Myanmar’s many ethnic groups can live together without harsh military rule  Indonesia's foreign minister, Ratno Marsudi, scarps a visit to Myanmar. Protesters gathered in front of the Italian Embassy.

| 24/02/2021
| MYANMAR
by Melani Manel Perera

The PCol report points the finger at government leaders in office at the time, including the former prime minister and police chief. Despite warnings, they did not take the necessary steps to prevent the attacks. The report also calls for the ban of a radical Sinhalese Buddhist group (the BBS).

| 24/02/2021
| SRI LANKA
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by Francis Khoo Thwe
Mya Thwate Thwate Kaing died yesterday after being wounded by police in Naypyidaw. The United Kingdom imposes sanctions on three generals; Canada on nine officials. The United States, India, Japan and Australia are demanding a quick return to democracy. ...
| 20/02/2021
| MYANMAR
 
by Wang Zhicheng
The church was built in 2000, with all the permits and praise of the local authorities. There are two reasons for the destruction: the land’s commercial value and erasing the "showy" symbolism of the religious building. The policy of "sinicization" ...
| 19/02/2021
| CHINA-VATICAN
 
Zdeněk Hřib targeted for having twinned with Taipei and supporting Tibetan dissidents. “No cost” for my commitment to Taiwan and Tibet. China is an “unreliable” trading partner. Alarm raised over Chinese lobbying campaigns in ...
| 11/02/2021
| CZECH REPUBLIC-CHINA-TAIWAN
 
by Francis Khoo Thwe
Buddhist monks in Pegu and Pakokku pray and march to protect the people from darkness. In Kengtung, Christians in procession with the statue of Our Lady. In Mandalay, the bishop's evening of prayer with priests and sisters. The religious of Saint ...
| 11/02/2021
| MYANMAR
 
Erdoğan appears to have traded them for millions of doses of the Chinese COVID-19 vaccine. Protests are taking place in front of the Chinese embassy in Ankara. The ratification of an extradition treaty with China faces an uphill battle. Turkish opposition ...
| 10/02/2021
| TURKEY - CHINA
 
by Wang Zhicheng
It will contain all information on religious personnel, including the punishments received and the revocation of their ministry. A document on the management of clergy, monks, priests, bishops, who above all have the obligation to "support the leadership ...
| 10/02/2021
| CHINA - VATICAN
 
In an audience with the Focolare Movement (Work of Mary), Pope Francis stressed three points: the post-Foundress era, the importance of crises, and living spirituality with coherence and realism. He greeted the movement’s new president, Margaret ...
| 06/02/2021
| VATICAN
 
According to the Economist Intelligence Unit, Taiwan leads Japan and South Korea. Globally it is 11th. Greater financial transparency in politics and judicial independence are the main factors boosting its ranking. Thanks to hi-tech, the island also ...
| 06/02/2021
| TAIWAN
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