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Justice in Sri Lanka: With just 273 political prisoners in custody, how many have disappeared?

Tamil_MassacreThe haphazard arrests, detentions, killings, disappearances and the impunity that prevailed during the former President Mahinda Rajapakse’s government led families of the disappeared to live in ignorance as to whether their loved ones were dead or held incommunicado in Government custody.

By JS Tissainayagam

(ASIAN CORRESPONDENT)  New questions about wartime and post-war disappearances in Sri Lanka emerged following a bombshell revelation that the Government hs only 273 political detainees in its custody. Families of the disappeared believed the numbers are much higher. This announcement also hardens doubts if a Sri Lankan-led judicial process into mass atrocities, such as disappearances, will bring justice to the victims.

Some advice to a desperate “Pope”

Busted! Good buddies Jorge Bergoglio (left) and Argentine Dictator Jorge Videla, 1982

Busted! Good buddies Jorge Bergoglio (left) and Argentine Dictator Jorge Videla, 1982

Kevin Annett shares some words of advice for an embattled religious leader who used to be friends with a genocidal dictator and baby dealer.

Kevin Annett Global News Centre

(NAINAMO ISLAND, Vancouver)  The following is a letter from Nobel Prize Nominee Kevin Annett, to Jorge Bergoglio, the Catholic “Pope” who was directly involved in a US-backed genocidal dictatorship in Argentina, where he is said to have marketed the infants of couples murdered by the government of Augusto Pinochet.

“I’m From that Hell Called Gaza”

palestinian-girls-walk-past-buildings-in-gaza-thomas-coex-afp-gettyThe evil of injustice in Gaza is an especially insidious evil because it is largely ignored by those in a position to confront it. It was the injustice in Gaza that brought Carter and Brundtland to Israel and Palestine.

Dr. James Wall Global News Centre

(CHICAGO)  Former President Jimmy Carter has concluded his trip to the West Bank area of Palestine. He “deeply regretted” that he was unable to visit the Gaza enclave of Palestine.

President Carter traveled with former Norway Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland. It was their fourth Elders’ mission to Israel and Palestine since 2009.

PAKISTAN: Another Christian woman murdered

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The woman’s husband was working in Spain when she was murdered.

Global News Centre

(Narowal)  Tuesday at about 10:00 am, a  Christian woman, Saba Bibi, the mother of two children, was murdered by one or more unknown suspects when she was alone at home.  The FIR (First Incident Report) has been registered at a local police station and an investigation is underway.

PAKISTAN: Christian Labour Movement

muslims-pakistanAIMS and Objectives

Global News Centre

(LAHORE)  The Christian Labour Movement is a small organization, We dedicate ourselves to help the minority Christians in the whole of Pakistan. for the benefit of the minority groups to better life standards of the Pakistani minority groups.  We aim to create better life standards and to help people gain equal rights in Pakistan.

We want to organize demonstrations and help people in Pakistan not to fear for their lives daily.  And to end the blasphemy law of Pakistan so we cannot be falsely to be accused for crimes, And false fabricated cases and save streets for our children and grandchildren and generations to come.

PAKISTAN: Three injured in shooting at Catholic St. Franciscan High School

lahore-school--shootingBehar Colony is the second largest Christian residential area in Lahore and Lahore is the second largest city of Pakistan. 

Global News Centre

(LAHORE)  Friday, armed men opened fire on a missionary institution, St. Franciscan High School, in Behar colony Lahore . One student and two security guards were injured and have were hospitalized. Students and faculty panicked in the school as gunmen fired.

The unidentified gunmen began firing and as the guards on duty outside the school intercepted, they were caught in the firing and injured . The students of the school were directed to leave the school premises.   The investigation is underway. The Churches and Christian institutions already have been warned about security threat from hardliners.

Behar Colony is the second largest Christian residential area in Lahore and Lahore is the second largest city of Pakistan.

On Wednesday, Nouman Masih, a 14 year old young Christian boy, lost the battle of life in Mayo Hospital. He was set on fire by an unknown men after inquiring about his Christian faith.

On 1st April, brother of human rights defender Mr. Sardar Mushtaq Gill, head of LEAD (Legal Evangelical Development) miraculously survived after being attacked and shot by a Muslim man in his lower back .The perpetrators have not yet been arrested and the police refused to provide security.  Mr.Gill’s life was threatened due to his legitimate and non-violent human rights work which he has performed constantly in recent years.  His life has been at risk, as well as his family’s.  Yet he says he is wholeheartedly determined to stand in the support of victims of violence and to raise his voice against the violation of human rights in Pakistan.

The Christian School of Pakistan became the target of uncalled for violence again.  On 24 March,  two masked motorcyclists opened fire on policemen guarding St. Peter’s Catholic Church and High School in the Girja Chowk area of Township, Lahore.  Gunshots left two people  injured.

These shooting incidents come after the two churches were attacked by the suicide bombers in Youhanabad, the largest Christian locality in Pakistan.

In the church attacks, young Akash Bashir, who was on duty as a voluntary security guard outside the church, lost his life while attempting to stop a suicide bomber from entering the Church.  21people were killed in that attack.

After a lynching of two suspects, the government started a crackdown against Christians.  This included arresting activists and a number of Christians from Youhanabad and surrounding areas.

The Christian minority, a poverty-stricken community in Pakistan, constantly is marginalized and victimised by such violence.The extremism is the main reason for violence against religious minorities.  It is time to eradicate religious extremism and discrimination from the society to achieve a peaceful atmosphere where justice can prevail and rule of law should be implemented.  The religious minorities should be given equal rights and should be treated equally before law.

Our request for you all first pray and then to stand in our support and raise your voice for religious liberty which is beibg made more worsened and against the religious extremism and terrorism.  Our work for justice will be more strengthening with your practical support.

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LEAD
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Rwanda, a U.S. friend and ally – U.S. realpolitik at work

Rwanda's president Paul Kagame with Barack Obama at the White House on April 7, 2015

Rwanda’s president Paul Kagame with Barack Obama at the White House on April 7, 2015

The 1994 mass killings were horrible, but it was just one episode in a long history of violence in that part of the world.

Ralph E. Stone Global News Centre

(SAN FRANCISCO) On April 7, 2015, President Barack Obama marked the 21st anniversary of Rwanda’s 1994 mass killings “that would claim the lives of more than 800,000 Rwandan men, women, and children and mark the beginning of one hundred days of horror for Rwanda’s people.”   However, President Obama made no mention about Rwandan President Paul Kagame’s role in the four-year Rwandan civil war leading up to the civil war and the twenty years after, which include 5 million or more deaths in the Congo and in Rwanda.

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