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Civic organisations crucial to unity

HONG KONG (SE): Civic and social organisations were encouraged to work towards unifying Hong Kong and improving society in the wake of the Umbrella Movement (September to December 2014) during a seminar held on December 18 at Holy Cross parish, Shaukiwan.

The seminar, hosted by the Justice and Peace Commission following its annual general meeting, looked at how to rebuild a sense of unity in the city. 

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Protests against inadequate rehousing

Mandalay (UCAN): Around 1,000 people, including Christian clergy, joined protests on January 5 and 6 in Hakha, the capital of Myanmar’s impoverished Chin state, by people angry at local government plans to re-house them in an area that lacks adequate roads and drainage.

Reverend Lai Cung, a protest leader from the Hakha Khuahlul Baptist Church. Said, “We are going to continue our protests if the local government doesn’t respond to our demands.” 

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Use blood money to help family bishop urges

MANILA (Agencies): Bishop Ruperto Santos from Balanga, has urged the government to use the blood money raised for overseas Filipino worker, Joselito Zapanta, to help his family which has been left without a breadwinner following his execution in Saudi Arabia on December 29. Zapanta was sentenced to death by the Grand Court in Riyadh in April 2010 for killing his Sudanese landlord.

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Indian domestic workers take plight to streets

NEW DELHI (UCAN): Church organisations in the Indian capital city of New Delhi helped organise women domestic workers, recognised as the most oppressed work sectors in the country, in a demand for minimum wages and job security, which they say are necessary to lead a dignified life.

“We have been suffering for so long. There should be a law for us so that the employers do not pay us according to their wish and remove us from the job whenever they want,” Sunita Yadav, a domestic worker, said.

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Military bullets leave two more dead as others flee

DAVAO (SE): Some 200 indigenous people have flocked to Davao City in the southern Philippines, saying that they had been forced to flee their homes in Compostela when they were intimidated by the Armed Forces of The Philippine in the Mangayon village area at the end of November.

UCAN reported they said that government soldiers had occupied the community school and their homes, claiming that they were looking for Communist rebels.

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Where is all the land going?

MANILA (UCAN): Farmers have decried what they are calling the plunder of the land they till through “unbridled expansion of corporate agricultural plantations” in the southern region of Mindanao.

“There will be no more land in Mindanao even for cemeteries if plantations are allowed to expand,” Ranmil Echanis, the secretary-general of the Union of Agricultural Farmworkers, said.

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More indigenous murdered by paramilitaries

HONG KONG (SE): At 12 noon on September 28, the 44-year-old driver of a passenger motorcycle, Lito Abion, was shot dead by two unknown gunmen while waiting for passengers at the rank near Purok Two bus terminal at Dona Flavia, San Luis, Agusan del Sur in the southern Philippines.

Citing documentation from the Higala sa Lumad Network, the Hong Kong-based Asian Human Rights Commission reports that a red Honda XRM motorcycle carrying two men was parked nearby.

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Twisting a life-giving law to justify murder

MANILA (UCAN): On November 11, the archbishop of Manila, Luis Cardinal Tagle, made his widely publicised visit to displaced tribal people from Mindanao and called for an end to the military occupation of their schools and communities.

On the very same day, a commander from a military-backed paramilitary militia defended the execution of the principal of an indigenous children’s school before the congress.

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Indonesia blocks media to gag Papuan voices

Jakarta (UCAN): Indonesia continues to restrict foreign media access to the Christian-majority provinces of Papua and West Papua, despite assurances from the president, Joko Widodo, that reporters would have unimpeded access to the region.

Human Rights Watch Asia deputy director, Phelim Kine, said that elements of the Indonesian government have failed to deliver on Widodo’s promise to open Papua to foreign reporters.

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Maguindanao Massacre is tragedy upon tragedy

MANILA (UCAN): “Let’s continue our advocacy for justice and peace,” Bishop Martin Jumoad said on November 23 as The Philippines marked the sixth anniversary of the Maguindanao Massacre, in which 58 people, including 32 journalists, died.

“Let’s not sit down... instead push so that truth will prevail,” the bishop continued.

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