Japanese Church condemns racism
A STATEMENT from the Synod of the Anglican Communion inJapan has
condemned hate-speech against minorities in the country. Describing
racist language against ethnic Koreans and foreigners in general as
"rampant", the Synod vowed to work to create a multiracial society,
and not to tolerate racism on the grounds of freedom of expression.
The statement specifically criticises the far-right group
Zaitokukai, which campaigns against what it refers to as "special
privileges" given to ethnic-Korean Japanese citizens.
Christian politician killed in Pakistan
A PAKISTANI Christian provincial MP has been killed by his own
bodyguard, after a brawl outside his home. Handery Masih, from
Quetta, was reportedly trying to stop the bodyguard shooting his
nephew on Saturday, when he was shot in the neck. Abddul Razzaq
Cheema, the city's police chief, said that the bodyguard had not
intended to attack Mr Masih.
Two Christians abducted in Egypt
ISLAMIST militants are suspected to be behind the kidnapping of
two Coptic Christian men from the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt, the AP
news agency has reported. Wadie Ramses, a prominent surgeon, was
snatched from el-Arish, in northern Sinai, on Monday, a few hours
after Gamal Shenouda was taken from the same town. A ransom of more
than £800,000 has been demanded for Mr Ramses, who was shot in the
leg during the abduction.
Israel considers force-feeding of
A PROPOSED new law, which would require doctors to force-feed
prisoners on hunger strike, is being debated by the Knesset, the
parliament of Israel. The plans have been condemned by an activist
group, Physicians for Human Rights Israel, which said last week
that the law would violate prisoners' human rights and doctors'
ethical guidelines. More than 100 Palestinians who have been
detained without charge have been on hunger strike for more than 50
Iranian opposition conference set for next
THE annual conference of the Iranian opposition movement will be
heldin Paris next Friday. The Conference for Democratic Change in
Iran will welcome hundreds of dignitaries and politicians from
around the world. The fate of Iranian refugees - who are largely
from the opposition group the People's Mujahedin of Iran - in Camp
Liberty, in Iraq, is among the items on the agenda (News, 21