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Religious repression both violent and polite

VATICAN (AsiaNews): “Freedom of religion or belief is the litmus test for respect of all other human rights and fundamental freedoms, since it is their synthesis and keystone,” the under-secretary for the Relations with States for the Holy See, Monsignor Antoine Camilleri, said at the Conference on Combating Intolerance and Discriminations of Christians held at the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe in Vienna in early December.

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Self-identity conundrum mixed with anger

KUALA LUMPUR (UCAN): There’s something going on in Malaysia and it does not bode well.

Public discord and racial tensions overflowed on November 19 as over 15,000 people wearing the yellow of the Berish (Malay) 2.0 (Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections) spilled into the streets demanding that the prime minister, Najib Razak, resign over a huge misappropriation scandal involving tax payers’ money.

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Sharia in Aceh discriminates

JAKARTA (UCAN): Aceh in Indonesia is one of only two places in Asia where Sharia-based bylaws are enforced, but complaints say that they are discriminating, with punishments only being handed out to the poor and weak, while officials or wealthy business people are never being seen to be punished.

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