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  • INDIA: Freedom of expression under stress in world’s largest democracy0

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    • February 9, 2021

    Indian PM Modi’s ambitions of emerging as a global leader will take a beating if he is dubbed as anti-democratic Nirendra Dev, New Delhi February 09, 2021 Farmers shout slogans as they block a highway in Amritsar on Feb. 6 during their ongoing protest against the Indian government’s recent agricultural reforms. (Photo: Narinder Manu/AFP)   Indian politics, as

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  • INDIA; Hindu fanatics attack Christian pastor in southern India0

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    • February 2, 2021

    BJP workers accuse evangelical of carrying out conversions as assaults on Christians continue to rise Bijay Kumar Minj February 02, 2021 Catholics from the Syro-Malabar-Church, one of the three rites that comprise the Indian Catholic Church, observe Lent at St. Mary’s School in East Delhi in April 2018. (Photo: Bijay Kumar Minj/UCA News)   Police in the

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  • INDIA: Fierce anti-Christian campaign targets India’s indigenous people0

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    • January 29, 2021

    Tribal leaders in Madhya Pradesh pledge they will not submit to pressure to convert to Hinduism Saji Thomas, Bhopal January 29, 2021 Leaders of a right-wing Hindu group speak to villagers as a part of an anti-Christian campaign in the villages of Jhabua district in central India’s Madhya Pradesh state. (Photo supplied)   Right-wing Hindu groups have stepped up their anti-Christian

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  • Myanmar: An urgent appeal for peace and reconciliation in Myanmar0

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    • January 27, 2021

    History teaches us that there is never going to be a military solution to a political conflict Cardinal Charles Bo, Yangon January 26, 2021 A Chin child plays with a doll in Bethel village in Hmawbi on the outskirts of Yangon, where hundreds of members of the Chin ethnic community have settled after being displaced by fighting

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  • India: Hindu fanatics raze Protestant church in southern India0

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    • January 27, 2021

    Destruction of the under-construction church shatters a decades-long dream of the Christian community Bijay Kumar Minj, New Delhi January 26, 2021 Catholics from the Syro-Malabar-Church, one of the three rites that comprise the Indian Church, observe Lent at St. Mary’s School in East Delhi in April 2018. (Photo: Bijay Kumar Minj/UCA News)   An under-construction Protestant church

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  • Bangladesh clamps down on provocative Islamic sermons0

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    • January 21, 2021

    Church welcomes move to stem inflammatory and indecent speeches by militant preachers UCA News reporter, Dhaka January 21, 2021 Crowds attend an Islamic gathering near Dhaka in this 2015 photo. A senior police official said on Jan. 19 that popular Islamic gatherings will be censored to curb provocative sermons. (Photo: UCA News)   Minority leaders

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  • PAKISTAN: Pakistani Ahmadis accused of blasphemy over Islamic tombstones0

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    • January 18, 2021

    Hardline Islamist party files police complaint against ‘declared infidels’ for hurting Muslims’ religious feelings Kamran Chaudhry, Lahore January 18, 2021 Ahmadi graves desecrated in Gujranwala, Punjab province, in July 2020. (Photo supplied)   Ahmadis in a Pakistani town have been accused of blasphemy for inscribing Islamic phrases on gravestones. Police in Sharaqpur Sharif in Punjab

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  • INDIA: India’s BJP uses bishops’ logo against Muslims, apologizes0

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    • January 18, 2021

    Pro-Hindu party accused of trying to gain Christians’ political support for upcoming elections in Kerala state UCA News reporter January 18, 2021   Kummanam Rajasekharan, then president of the BJP in Kerala, leads a march in October 2017. The party is trying to improve its position ahead of state elections due in April. (Photo: IANS)   Leaders

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  • INDIA: How will an unaffordable Covid-19 vaccination help India’s poor?0

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    • January 15, 2021

    Is rolling out the world’s largest vaccination program justified and why would the government drain the public coffers? Nirendra Dev, New Delhi January 15, 2021 Vehicles move past the People’s University in Bhopal on Jan. 8. A homegrown coronavirus vaccine will be rolled out in India from Jan. 16 even though clinical trials have not

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  • INDIA: Shut down all churches in India’s tribal areas, Hindu group demands0

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    • January 15, 2021

    Indigenous Catholic priest says Christians are being persecuted for helping poor tribal people Saji Thomas, Bhopal January 15, 2021 Hindu devotees take a holy dip in the Narmada River on Makar Sankranti, a day considered to be of great religious significance in Hindu mythology, at Tilwara Ghat in Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh on Jan. 14. (Photo: AFP)   A right-wing Hindu

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  • Bangladesh’s rape victims cry for justice in the wilderness0

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    • January 14, 2021

    The scourge of rape is extremely high but the rate of prosecution frustratingly low in the Muslim-majority nation Stephan Uttom, Dhaka January 14, 2021oU with palm oil firm sparks outrage Jan 13, 2021 Young people take part in a protest against violence against women in Dhaka in 2015. Bangladesh has seen a spike in rape

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  • Persecuted Hazara demand justice in Pakistan0

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    • January 11, 2021

    Shia Muslims protest latest killings and demand protection from attacks by Islamic militants Kamran Chaudhry, Lahore January 11, 2021 Blindfolded female protesters at the sit-in by the Hazara community in Quetta. (Photo supplied)   When Tahir Khan visited a Quetta highway blocked with the bodies of 11 slain coal miners, he was greeted by women wearing white

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  • Crematorium accident kills 25 in northern India0

    Church and political leaders in Uttar Pradesh mourn loss of lives Bijay Kumar Minj, New Delhi January 04, 2021 Rescue workers attempt to reach victims of the crematorium roof collapse in Muradnagar in India’s Uttar Pradesh state on Jan. 3. (Photo: YouTube)   Church and political leaders in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh are mourning the deaths

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  • CHINA: ICC refuses to investigate China over Uyghur atrocities0

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    • December 15, 2020

    China is not a party to the Rome statute of the International Criminal Court UCA News reporter December 15, 2020 A demonstrator wearing a mask painted with the colors of the East Turkestan flag attends a protest in Istanbul in July 2018 to denounce China’s treatment of ethnic Uyghur Muslims. (Photo: Ozan Kose/AFP)   The International Criminal Court

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