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Protection for rights and Church groups rejected

MANILA (UCAN): Church and human rights groups in the Philippines condemned a ruling by the Court of Appeals rejecting a petition seeking legal protection from military harassment.
 
The petition calling for writs of amparo (protection) and habeas data (access to information) came from the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines (RMP), human rights group, Karapatan, and the women’s organisation, Gabriela.
 

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Vietnam sends rights advocate into exile

HANOI (UCAN): Vietnam has freed Mary Magdelene Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, a well-known Catholic blogger and rights advocate, who was jailed two years ago for posting anti-government material on social media and forced her into exile in the United States of America (US).
 
Nguyen, also known as Mother Mushroom, was driven from Prison Camp No.5 in Vietnam’s northern province of Thanh Hoa to Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi on October 17, the Network of Vietnamese Bloggers group reported.
 

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Clash of anti-discrimination and religious liberty

WASHINGTON (SE): The United States of America Commission on Civil Rights released its long awaited report on Peaceful Coexistence on September 8, which examines various legal and constitutional issues that arise when there is conflict between anti-discrimination laws and religious liberty.

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Lawyer barred from leaving China

NEW YORK (Agencies): Liang Xiaojun, his wife and their eight-year-old son lined up at passport control at Beijing International Airport for a flight to New York on August 20 only to learn that while his wife and son could leave the country, Liang could not.

The New York Times reported that they were headed to Columbia University, where Liang, a lawyer and founding member of China Against the Death Penalty, was to study for what he described as a semester, or perhaps longer.

 

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