Browsing All Posts filed under »Religion«

Tibetan Buddhism’s Karmapa Lama

March 13, 2013


A religious figure comes into his own as artist and green activist Ogyen Trinley Dorje, the 17th Karmapa Lama, arrived in India in January 2000, literally moving from his 12th century headquarters in Tibet onto the front page of international papers. Now, imagine a setting where, as a 28-year old teacher, he holds a few […]

Vietnamese Journalist Sheds Fresh Light on Reunification

December 15, 2012


North Vietnam’s capture of Saigon during the tumultuous days of April 1975 is a pivotal moment in Asia’s post-colonial history, but the story of what happened next is relatively little-known, both in and outside the country. Huy Duc, a veteran Vietnamese journalist, is aiming to shed new light on the reunification of Vietnam and its […]

Human rights once again a thorny issue between U.S. and Vietnam

December 13, 2012


Meeting delay a sign of cooling US-Vietnam ties HANOI, Vietnam — The U.S. and Vietnam, former enemies who share concerns about China’s rise, are finding that one issue – human rights – is keeping them from becoming closer friends. >> USCIRF Annual Report 2012 – Countries of Particular Concern: Vietnam Stress between the nations is […]

Two Vietnamese American priests removed at Little Saigon parish

December 2, 2012


Members of the congregation at St. Barbara’s in Santa Ana are confused and angry. The priests are being sent to other Orange County parishes. In a well-lit gym, the two men in white and gold robes sat on folding chairs, struggling to control their emotions. The Catholic faithful — grandmothers, fathers, members of a youth […]

Tibetan Student Protests Spread

November 29, 2012


Chinese police beat up and detain demonstrators following another self-immolation. Tibetan student protests against Chinese rule spread Wednesday in Qinghai province as another Tibetan burned himself to death to signal opposition to Beijing’s policy. Students from the Tsolho Technical School in Chabcha (in Chinese, Gonghe) county in the Tsolho (Hainan) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture stormed out […]

New Law Limits Religious Freedom

November 29, 2012


A rights group says new rules in Vietnam give the state more power to curb religious freedom. A new decree on religion in Vietnam gives the one-party communist state greater control of people’s beliefs and undermines religious freedom in the country, a rights group said Thursday. The Paris-based International Buddhist Information Bureau said it was […]

In Tibet: Protests and Self-Immolations Continue

November 17, 2012


During the 18th Party Congress in Beijing, a total of eleven Tibetans set themselves on fire, bringing the total thus far to an estimated 74 individuals. The self-immolations are undoubtedly an embarrassment to Chinese leaders, who were hoping to keep the spotlight focused on their once-in-a-decade political transition of power. Hu Jintao did not directly […]

From Dharamshala to Bern, Tibet activists intensify campaign

November 17, 2012


DHARAMSHALA, November 16: With the alarming escalation in the ongoing wave of self-immolation protests inside Tibet, Tibetans and supporters in various parts of the world have intensified their campaigns, bringing the Tibet crisis to the doors of Chinese embassies and UN offices. In the Tibetan exile headquarters of Dharamshala, a large number of Tibetans today […]

British Buddhist monk self-immolates at French monastery

November 16, 2012


A British monk died in a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in France after he poured petrol over his clothes and set himself alight, police said. The 38-year-old Briton, who police did not name, had been living at Nalanda monastery near the southwestern village of Labastide-Saint-Georges for the past five years. He carried out the act on […]

China pushes ‘progress, constant progress’

November 15, 2012


BEIJING – Billionaire developer Pan Shiyi toasted VIP guests on the rooftop of his latest, space-age property, in sight of storied buildings from China’s imperial past and communist present. The curving Galaxy Soho, designed by Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid, opened last month with a “creativity celebration” for Beijing’s movers and shakers. China is enjoying a […]

The Xinjiang Perspective

November 11, 2012


Some foreign observers tend to regard Chinese state propaganda as cobwebs, intricately woven webs of deception that one must brush away to reveal the underlying truth. Yet, an examination of the delicate threads that comprise the web may shed light upon even the darkest corners of Zhongnanhai. Propaganda can provide insight into the greatest ambitions […]

Chinese Communist Party Congress opens: 5 Tibetans self immolate for freedom

November 8, 2012


The highest number of self immolations ever in one day. Three teenage monks and a 23 year-old mother; the identity of the fifth still unknown. Two died on the spot. All of them called out for the return of the Dalai Lama to Tibet and an end to Chinese occupation. With them, the number of […]

U.N. Tibet statement welcomed and rejected

November 6, 2012


WASHINGTON – Human rights workers and Tibet-focused activists are hailing a strongly worded statement by the United Nations’ top official on human rights, drawing attention to growing public discontent in Tibet just ahead of a major leadership shuffle that will reverberate throughout the Communist Party of China. The statement, released Friday, was the first time […]

Burma’s leader admits deadly attacks on Muslims

October 28, 2012


Satellite images show huge swath of coastal town destroyed in a wave of violence which has left dozens dead Burma’s president has admitted an unprecedented wave of ethnic violence has targeted his country’s Rohingya Muslim population, destroying whole villages and large parts of towns. Thein Sein’s acknowledgement follows the release of satellite imagesshowing the severe scale […]

Tossing Science Out of Indonesian Schools?

October 19, 2012


An education ministry decision to dumb down grade school is a mistake for the future My daughter, who just turned 4, currently has three favorite subjects in the various books we put in her hands. First there are dinosaurs, which she is able to name and roughly classify. Then there is the human body. She […]

Protesters Want Activists Freed

August 29, 2012


Supporters of 17 Vietnamese social activists hold a mass candlelight vigil and a protest in Hanoi. RFA Supporters of the 17 social activists clash with police in Hanoi, Aug. 27, 2012. Relatives and supporters of 17 jailed Vietnamese social activists have staged a protest march and candlelight vigil demanding their release, as a dozen nongovernmental […]

Request for Assistance – Nobel peace prize for father Nguyen Van Ly and venerable Thich Quang Do

August 27, 2012


The World – We first wish to send our sincere thanks for the steps that you have kindly undertaken with the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (R.S.V.N) to obtain the immediate release of all prisoners who had been fighting for the Rights, Freedom, Democracy and Sovereignty of their country. August 26, 2012 Your Holiness, Her Majesty […]

Rights group urges Vietnam to probe dissident beating

August 21, 2012


HANOI — Human Rights Watch on Tuesday called on Vietnam to investigate a violent attack on a prominent dissident lawyer involved in a string of anti-China demonstrations. Le Quoc Quan, who blogs on a range of sensitive topics including civil rights, political pluralism and religious freedom, told AFP he was struck with a steel baton […]

Dissident Lawyer Attacked

August 21, 2012


A Vietnamese human rights lawyer is beaten near his home in Hanoi. An outspoken and formerly imprisoned Vietnamese rights lawyer said Monday that he has been beaten by men he believes were plainclothes police. Le Quoc Quan told RFA’s Vietnamese service that he was attacked by a group of men around 8:00 p.m. on Sunday […]

Envoy Visits Monk, Activist

August 20, 2012


RFA- August 20,2012. The U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam meets with dissidents to discuss human rights and religious freedom. The U.S. ambassador to Vietnam has held rare talks with two local prominent dissidents—the head of a banned Buddhist group under de facto house arrest and a prodemocracy activist—in an apparent bid to highlight religious freedom and […]


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