Rohingya Muslims persecuted in Burma

This video is called Myanmar’s radical monk targets interfaith marriage; by ABC Australia.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Myanmar: Documents expose government-sanctioned persecution of Rohingya Muslims

Tuesday 25th February 2014

Leaked official papers show attempts to curb Rohingya people’s human rights

Official documents directly implicate Myanmar’s government in abusive and discriminatory policies targeting Rohingya Muslims, the Fortify Rights group said yesterday.

Executive director Matthew Smith said dozens of leaked papers reveal restrictions on Rohingya people’s right to travel, practice religion, marry, have a family and even repair their homes.

“It represents a level of planning and knowledge among Myanmar authorities that raises abuses to the threshold of crimes against humanity,” said Mr Smith.

“These abuses have been carried out for years with complete impunity.”

About 280 people have been killed since Myanmar began its transition to democracy, most of them Rohingya attacked by Buddhist mobs.

Another 140,000 have been forced to flee their homes.

Confidential documents obtained by Fortify Rights reveal that official orders issued by Rakhine State authorities from 1993 to 2008 outline consistent policies restricting Rohingya.

Some regional orders were dated 1993, 2005 and 2008.

However, they have also been discussed on the record since 2011, the group said, adding that to the best of its knowledge almost all the policies are still in place and enforced.

It says the orders laid the groundwork for a two-child policy enforced in Maungdaw and Buthidaung townships, requiring Rohingya “who have permission to marry” to “limit the number of children, in order to control the birth rate.”

One document gives detailed instructions to officials to confirm women are the real mothers of infants, forcing them to publicly breastfeed if it’s suspected they are trying to claim others’ children as their own.

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Stop Ugandan anti-LGBTQ bill, Archbishop Tutu says

This video from South Africa says about itself:

Archbishop Desmond Tutu pays homage to Madiba

10 dec. 2013

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has been praised for calling into order the crowd at the memorial service for former president Nelson Mandela at FNB Stadium, in Soweto.

From Associated Press:

Tutu Urges Uganda‘s Museveni Against Anti-Gay Bill

JOHANNESBURG February 23, 2014

South Africa’s retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu urges Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni not to sign into law the harsh Anti-Homosexuality Bill that would give up to a life sentence in jail for some same-sex relations.

Tutu, a Nobel peace prize winner, said in a statement Sunday that Museveni a month ago had pledged not to allow the anti-gay legislation to become law in Uganda. But last week Museveni said he had reconsidered and would consult scientists on whether homosexuality is determined by genetics or by a person’s choice.

Tutu said he is “disheartened” by Museveni’s change because there is “no scientific basis or genetic rationale for love … There is no scientific justification for prejudice and discrimination, ever.”

Tutu urged Museveni to strengthen Uganda’s “culture of human rights and justice.”

Museveni Still the West’s Man? Here.

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Belgian priest convicted for abusing niece

This video is called Global Response to Priest Sex Abuse.

Translated from Dutch daily Leidsch Dagblad:

Priest convicted for abusing his niece

Published February 6, 2014 18:46 | Last Updated February 6, 2014 18:59

BRUSSELS – This Thursday, a 69-year-old Belgian priest was convicted to a two years suspended prison sentence for sexual abuse of his minor niece. The court in Tongeren in Limburg province in Belgium decided that he must seek treatment for his sexual problems; that for 10 years, he loses his right to vote; and he must pay 3,000 euros in damages.

The man abused the physically disabled daughter of his sister in the period 1993-1999 various times. When he abused her for the first time, his god-daughter was 11 years old. The priest went every week to his sister’s and enjoyed great prestige within the family. According to the judge, the priest in a gross way ​abused the trust which the family had in him.

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Cardinal stops papal visit to the Netherlands

This is a Dutch music video of the satirical song Popie Jopie; about the visit of Pope John Paul II to the Netherlands in 1985. During that visit, faithful of the pope were outnumbered by demonstrators opposed to John Paul II’s views against LGBTQ rights and women’s reproductive rights.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Eijk blocks papal visit

Updated: Tuesday 1 Feb 2014, 10:00

Cardinal Eijk has stopped a planned visit by the pope to Amsterdam. Eijk feared a lack of enthusiasm among the population, Trouw daily reports.

The bishop of Haarlem and Amsterdam, Punt, spoke in July with the pope and asked him if he wanted to come to Amsterdam. The pope seemed to be excited about this and said he would wait for an official invitation, Trouw writes. Then Punt made ​​concrete plans: a script was ready and there was money available.

Cardinal Eijk was afraid that, as with the previous papal visit in 1985, no one would show up. He then decided that it should not continue.

The Roman Catholic hierarchy in the Netherlands has accused daily Trouw of lying about this.

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Women can sing in British Canterbury Cathedral at last

This video from England is called Canterbury cathedral’s first girls choir to make debut.

From the Daily Telegraph in Britain:

Canterbury Cathedral‘s girls’ choir to break 1,000 years of all-male tradition

Tonight a 900-year tradition of male-only choirs at Canterbury Cathedral will come to an end, when the brand-new Canterbury Cathedral Girls’ Choir makes its debut at Sung Evensong

11:09AM GMT 25 Jan 2014

One of Britain’s most ancient cathedrals will put an end to more than a thousand years of all-male tradition today, when a girls’ choir is due to make its debut.

Canterbury Cathedral has had various forms of sung worship since it was founded towards the end of the Dark Ages, back in the sixth century.

But the singers have always been male.

All that will change when the voices of 16 schoolgirls will soar towards the cathedral’s vaulted ceiling on Saturday.

The girls, aged between 12 and 16, were chosen after rigorous auditions led by choirmaster David Newsholme.

“They all wanted the opportunity to sing in this magnificent building,” he said. “They felt rightly that this was going to be an historic event and they wanted to be a part of that.”

Unlike members of the boys’ choir, who live at the cathedral and rehearse every day, the girls come together just once a week.

Canterbury is not the first British cathedral to have a girls’ choir – others took the lead some 20 years ago – but the move has special resonance as Canterbury is the mother church of the world’s 80 million-strong Anglican community.

It is also another sign of change in an institution that’s struggling to achieve consensus on the divisive issues of female bishops and gay clergy.

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