News in Brief

15 January 2009

Bishop condemns Sri Lankan murder
THE assassination of Lasantha Wickrematunga, the editor of the Sri Lankan newspaper the Sunday Leader, on 7 January, has been condemned by the Bishop of Colombo, the Rt Revd Duleep de Chickera, as being “part of a wide and worsening strategy to silence the media”. In an article reprinted in The Guardian on Tuesday, Mr Wickremetunga predicted his own murder. Separatist terrorism must be eradicated, but its causes needed to be addressed, he wrote. “When finally I am killed, it will be the government that kills me.”

Clergy wives to vet bridal gowns for modesty
THE wives of clerics in Nigeria have been asked to check the bridal gowns of those about to be married, after the Bishop of Ogbaru, Dr Samuel Ezeofor, was reported to have “frowned at a situation where a bride and her maid wore half-naked gowns to church”. Wives of priests should be involved in counsel­ling couples on Anglican faith, and marriage clothes should be presented to them for approval before the wedding, the Bishop said at a press briefing.

NGOs in Ethiopia banned from campaigning
INTERNATIONAL NGOs in Ethiopia have been banned under a new law, introduced on 6 January, from promoting human and democratic rights; equality between peoples, sexes and faiths; campaigning for the rights of children and disabled people; conflict resolution; and work on criminal justice. Home NGOs that receive more than ten per cent of their income from abroad are also subject to the restrictions, the BBC reports.

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