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Freedom of religion for a Church in chains

HONG KONG (SE): By its very nature cyberspace transcends borders, which makes drawing territorial demarcation lines designating control over content, access or usage an almost contradictory task.

However, the United States of America (US) holds most of the keys to the doors that can lock, monitor and block, as it possesses the 13 facilities that allocate IP address, which gives it a head start in the manipulation game.

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When praying is a crime

Beijing (AsiaNews): Shandong Yingcai College in Shandong province, eastern China, has expelled five Christian students for engaging in prayer in a private room, ChinaAid reported on December 19.

Local police came for Li Binbin, Zhang Yaqi, Chen Huiyun, Ni Wangjie and Chen Ping after receiving a picture of them in prayer. A sixth student who was with them, Jia Rong, was not punished.

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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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China gives notice on religion summit

HONG KONG (SE): The Communist Party of China has given notice that its long-expected first summit on religion in 10 years will be held in the coming weeks.

Some believe that sweeping changes to regulations governing religious affairs and practice are in the offing, as the report notes that the gathering may be chaired by the president, Xi Jinping.

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China tightens screws on religion

BEIJING (UCAN) : The United Front Work Department, which manages relations with all religions in China, has a new charter which will place fresh hurdles in the face of religious freedom.

In seeking to entrench its control of all religious activity, the Communist Party has issued new rules to be followed by faith groups and other sectors of society.

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