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Christmas death threats for clergy in Bangladesh

DHAKA (AsiaNews): Bishop Bejoy D’Cruze and Bishop Paul Panen Kubi in Bangladesh both reported that they received death threats on their mobile phones in the run up to Christmas last year.

The bishops from Shylet and Mymenshing said that they believe that the death threats came from Islamist radicals. 

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Protest against attacks on clergy in Bangladesh

DHAKA (UCAN): Christian clergy in Bangladesh say they are receiving death threats following a string of violent attacks on Church personnel over past weeks, responsibility for which is being claimed by militant Islamist groups.

Within a period of weeks up to November 26, at least seven Protestant ministers have received death threats in text messages. 

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Healing hands mourned

DHAKA (AsiaNews): A New Zealand-born doctor, Edric Baker, who devoted the best part of his life to serving the poor of Bangladesh, died on September 1 in Dhaka at the age of 74.

His funeral was held on the following day at the Kaliakuri Health Care Project in the Tangail District of Dhaka. Thousands of people from the Christian, Islamic and Hindu faiths attended the solemn service in honour of the doctor.

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Catholic schools in Bangladesh escape nationalisation net

 

DHAKA (UCAN): The government of Bangladesh announced on January 9 that it will nationalise all non-government primary schools in the country, with the exception of Catholic-run institutions, which will maintain their independence.

To be fully implemented by next January, nationalisation will see 26 of the 193 non-government primary schools being fully funded by the government at an annual cost of over 12 billion taka ($1.16 billion), according to the Primary and Mass Education Ministry.

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Bad year for religious freedom in Asia

 

ROME (UCAN): A new report released on October 17 in Rome by Aid to the Church in Need on the religious freedom of minority groups in Asia says that persecution of Christians has continued or worsened in many countries in Asia during the past 12 months.

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