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Religious persecution worsening in Asia

BANGKOK (UCAN): Religious freedoms are steadily being eroded across large parts of Asia and religious fundamentalism is on the rise, Ahmad Shaheed, the United Nations’ (UN) special rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, has warned.
 
“Freedom of religion is routinely violated across much of Asia,” Shaheed said at an event hosted by the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand in Bangkok. “In general, human rights are regressing in Asia.”
 

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Duterte tries to duck from International Criminal Court

MANILA (Agencies): Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo of Manila, said that the commitment of the Philippines to human rights in the international community cannot just be set aside by the president alone, CBCPNews reported on March 15.
 
Commenting on the move by the Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte, to withdraw the country from the International Criminal Court (ICC), the bishop said, “This shows that there is basis for the investigation on him. They are afraid of accountabilities. Duterte should be investigated.”
 

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