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30 January 2015

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Demanding: Buddhist monks and other religious group members call for the release of the Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, held hostage by the Islamic State, at a rally outside the Prime Minister's official residence in Tokyo, on Tuesday

Demanding: Buddhist monks and other religious group members call for the release of the Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, held hostage by the Islamic ...

Court appearance over cross in Burma

A CHIN elder, Tial Cem, who helped to plant a 54-foot-high cross on a hill in Hakha, Burma, was due to appear in court on Wednesday. The government of Chin State has ordered that the cross be removed. The Chin Human Rights Organization, which is calling for the order to be overturned, said that Mr Tial said that permission was not sought because he did not believe that it would be granted, owing to discriminatory restrictions. Peaceful demonstrations against the order were planned to take place on Thursday and Friday.

Protestants turned away from home in Mexico

DISPLACED Protestants from Chiapas State, Mexico, were denied re-entry to their village on 20 January, despite state government promises that village leaders had agreed to uphold religious freedom, Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) reports. The group of 47 were forcibly expelled from Buenavista Bahuitz village in 2012, and instructed to convert to Roman Catholicism. They have been living in rudimentary housing for the past two and a half years.

New audio drama to help carers of traumatised children

THOSE caring for traumatised children, including victims of trafficking, are to be given support through a new audio drama that tells the story of two children who escape violence and exploitation. Holding Esther, produced by Trans World Video and RiverCross, has been tested in Kenya and Uganda. For more information visit www.rivercrosstwr.org.

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