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Biden condemns forced sterilizations by China

2020-07-03T12:04:57+08:00

CNA Staff, Jul 2, 2020 / 10:30 am (CNA).- Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden condemned China’s forced sterilizations of Uyghur women on Wednesday—nine years after he told a Chinese audience that he was “not second-guessing” the country’s one-child policy. In a campaign press release on Wednesday, Biden decried the “unconscionable crimes against Chinese women” revealed in an Associated Press report on Monday. The AP investigation found a systematic campaign by the Chinese Communist Party of pregnancy checks and forced abortions, sterilizations, and implantations of IUDs on Uyghurs and other minorities in Xinjiang. In 2011, however, Biden himself was criticized by [...]

Biden condemns forced sterilizations by China2020-07-03T12:04:57+08:00

House discusses ‘brutal, sweeping crackdown’ in Hong Kong

2020-07-02T12:04:55+08:00

CNA Staff, Jul 1, 2020 / 03:00 pm (CNA).- The new national security law in Hong Kong is an assault on the rights of the people, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Wednesday, July 1.  “When Beijing announced its intention to pass the so-called National Security Law, so-called, we were concerned. It was frightening,” said Pelosi at the hearing, titled “The End of One Country, Two Systems?: Implications of Beijing’s National Security Law in Hong Kong” .  “[The law] is nothing short of an all-out effort to negate the rights of [...]

House discusses ‘brutal, sweeping crackdown’ in Hong Kong2020-07-02T12:04:55+08:00

Cardinal Zen: ‘No confidence’ in HK religious freedom after new security law

2020-07-01T12:00:04+08:00

CNA Staff, Jun 30, 2020 / 01:00 pm (CNA).- Cardinal Joseph Zen, the bishop emeritus of Hong Kong, has warned that new security laws in the province could lead to a clamp down on religious freedom.  In a series of videos posted Tuesday on the Facebook page “Catholics Concerned about the Hong Kong National Security Law Group,” Zen said that he had ‘no confidence” in religious freedom protections in the new security law. On May 28, the Chinese legislature approved a resolution imposing “security laws” on Hong Kong. These laws aim to criminalize anything Beijing considers "foreign interference,” secessionist activities, [...]

Cardinal Zen: ‘No confidence’ in HK religious freedom after new security law2020-07-01T12:00:04+08:00

Analysis: What is the Trump administration doing about the Uyghurs?

2020-07-01T00:00:05+08:00

Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Jun 30, 2020 / 07:00 am (CNA).- In July 2019, President Donald Trump met with survivors of religious persecution at the White House. Uyghur human rights activist Jewher Ilham told Trump about her father, Ilham Tohti, a human rights activist sentenced to life in prison in 2014 and who is one of millions detained in concentration camps in Xinjiang, China’s far northwestern province. “Where is that? Where is that in China?” the president responded, according to the White House’s transcript of the meeting.  More recently, former National Security Advisor John Bolton alleged the president approved of the [...]

Analysis: What is the Trump administration doing about the Uyghurs?2020-07-01T00:00:05+08:00

Chinese authorities force contraception on Uyghurs in ‘slow genocide’

2020-06-30T12:04:57+08:00

CNA Staff, Jun 29, 2020 / 10:00 am (CNA).- The Chinese government is forcing Uyghur women to take contraceptives in an effort to slow the growing population. One expert called the campaign "a slow, painful, creeping genocide" of the religious and ethnic minority. In a report released on Monday, June 29, AP found numerous Uyghurs have been imprisoned for the offense of having too many children, and women reported that there were frequent pregnancy checks, forced abortions, and forced implantations of IUDs and other contraceptive methods by Communist authorities. The report cites government statistics, state documents, interviews with ex-detainees, family members [...]

Chinese authorities force contraception on Uyghurs in ‘slow genocide’2020-06-30T12:04:57+08:00

In crowded Rohingya refugee camps, social distancing presents challenges

2020-06-29T00:00:04+08:00

CNA Staff, Jun 28, 2020 / 04:00 am (CNA).- While hand washing and social distancing have been implemented around the globe as tools to fight the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, refugees face challenges in putting these recommendations into practice, said one relief agency worker. Inmanuel Chayan, a communications officer for Caritas Bangladesh, warned that many Rohingya refugees living in camps in Bangladesh lack the luxury of being able to follow public health guidelines to combat the virus. “The Rohingya community face not only the challenge of living in overcrowded and flimsy shelters with up to ten or more people [...]

In crowded Rohingya refugee camps, social distancing presents challenges2020-06-29T00:00:04+08:00

Victorian politician calls for inquiry into investigation of Cardinal Pell

2020-06-28T12:00:14+08:00

CNA Staff, Jun 27, 2020 / 02:02 pm (CNA).- A member of the Parliament of Victoria has urged that there be an inquiry into the treatment of Cardinal George Pell by the state’s police and judiciary, months after Australia’s High Court unanimously overturned his conviction for five alleged counts of sexual abuse. Bernie Finn, a member of the Victorian Legislative Council from the Liberal Party, said June 18 that “the integrity of the justice system in this state is very much on trial.” “There are major questions that are desperately in need of answers. I would like to see an [...]

Victorian politician calls for inquiry into investigation of Cardinal Pell2020-06-28T12:00:14+08:00

Catholics pray for reconciliation on 70th anniversary of the Korean War

2020-06-26T00:00:08+08:00

Rome Newsroom, Jun 25, 2020 / 05:20 am (CNA).- Korean Catholics marked the 70th anniversary of the start of the Korean War -- a war which never technically ended -- Thursday with Masses offered for reconciliation on the divided Korean peninsula. “Prayer is the most powerful weapon of the Church struggling for peace," Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung, archbishop of Seoul, said June 25. “By creating a culture of forgiveness, justice will become more human, and peace will be more permanent,” the cardinal said in Seoul’s Myeongdong Cathedral. Nearly three million Korean people died in the Korean War, in which the peninsula [...]

Catholics pray for reconciliation on 70th anniversary of the Korean War2020-06-26T00:00:08+08:00

New Hong Kong laws will have ‘no effect’ on religious freedom says cardinal

2020-06-25T12:00:04+08:00

CNA Staff, Jun 24, 2020 / 02:05 pm (CNA).- Cardinal John Tong Hon, the apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Hong Kong, has rejected concerns that new security and sedition laws for the province pose a risk to religious freedom.  “I personally believe that the National Security Law will have no effect on religious freedom, because Article 32 of the Basic Law guarantees that we have freedom of religion, and we can also openly preach and hold religious ceremonies, and participate in religious activities,” Tong Hon told the diocesan newspaper Kung Kao Po this week.  On May 28, the Chinese legislature [...]

New Hong Kong laws will have ‘no effect’ on religious freedom says cardinal2020-06-25T12:00:04+08:00

US religious freedom commissioner says ‘no excuse’ for Trump delay on Chinese sanctions

2020-06-25T12:00:03+08:00

Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Jun 24, 2020 / 01:00 pm (CNA).- A federal religious freedom commissioner has said there is “no excuse” for the Trump administration “delaying action” to place sanctions on Chinese officials for abuses committed in the mass internment of Uyghurs.   Nury Turkel, a commissioner of the bipartisan U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), said in a statement to CNA Wednesday that “USCIRF is disappointed that the U.S. government has not yet enacted targeted sanctions against Chinese officials responsible for the mass detention of Uyghur and other Muslims.” President Donald Trump signed legislation on June 17 that would impose financial [...]

US religious freedom commissioner says ‘no excuse’ for Trump delay on Chinese sanctions2020-06-25T12:00:03+08:00