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Indonesian women march for legal protection

JAKARTA (UCAN): An estimated 1,200 women as well as children, students and women’s rights advocates took part in the second Women’s March in Indonesia on March 3, to push for new regulations to protect women from violence.
 

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Indonesia to host Asian ecumenical youth assembly

MANADO (Agencies): The Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) will be hosting the Asian Ecumenical Youth Assembly (AEYA) in Manado, North Sulewesi, Indonesia, from April 6 to 13, with the theme, Lord, Send Your Light and Truth to Lead Us.
 

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Southern Asia’s year of worshipping dangerously

Of course, it is almost impossible to get past the ongoing visceral horror of the plight of Myanmar’s ethnic Muslim Rohingya people; over 650,000 of them brutally forced from their homes onto the margins of existence into crowded, inadequate, life-threatening refugee camps.
 








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Rights groups protest court’s gagging of Veloso testimony

HONG KONG (SE): Rights groups said the blocking of Mary Jane Veloso’s deposition by the Court of Appeals in the Philippines only serves to let traffickers and drug lords off the hook.
 
Veloso was arrested in 2010 and sentenced to death for smuggling heroin into Indonesia. She was granted a temporary reprieve by the Indonesian president, Joko Widodo, hours before she was set to be executed on 29 April 2015, after her alleged recruiters Maria Cristina Sergio and Julius Lacanilao were arrested shortly beforehand. 
 

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Kuala Lumpur deports Uyghurs

KUALA LUMPUR (AsiaNews): The deputy prime minister of Malaysia, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, reported that the sharing of biometric information with China since 2011 enabled the arrest of 29 Uyghur people accused of being involved with the Islamic State and their deportation back to China on September 29.
 
Malaysia has been a popular refuge from Xinjiang province for China’s Uyghur minority seeking to escape the strict regime being imposed upon them. Some have been accused of supporting the ideology of the Islamic State group.
 

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Jakarta initiative to train preachers of peace

Jakarta (UCAN): The city government of Jakarta is working with Nahdlatul Ulama, Indonesia’s largest Islamic organisation, to train and educate up to 1,000 Islamic preachers to spread messages of unity and peace in a bid to combat a rise in extremism and religious intolerance. The programme is scheduled to begin in November.
 
Jakarta’s new governor, Djarot Saiful Hidayat, said authorities want to educate preachers “to preach proper Islamic teachings … and a tolerant Islam.”
 

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Asian face for Asian Youth Day

HONG KONG (SE): Young people from the Hong Kong that had travelled to Indonesia for the Seventh Asian Youth Day in Yogyakarta, which ran from July 30 to August 6, reflected that the experience was a great introduction for them to the wide variety of cultures hosted by the Asian continent and the importance of loving God’s creation.
 

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Blurring the trail to the drug lords

JAKARTA (UCAN): Amnesty International claims that the number of suspected drug traffickers killed by authorities in Indonesia has increased significantly since last year as a result of a shoot-on-sight policy. 
 
Bramantya Basuki said on August 15 following the recent fatal shooting of two suspected drug traffickers, “A total of 61 Indonesians and foreigners have been shot dead by law enforcement officers since January this year. Last year, there were 13 suspected drug traffickers killed.” 
 

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Hang onto your land

JAYAPURA (UCAN): Bishop John Philip Saklil, from Timika in the troubled Indonesian province of Papua, warned the traditional owners of the land that they should hold onto the last vestiges that remain of their possession.
 

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