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enero 19, 2009

Los civiles de Sri Lanka, en peligro

Filed under: Sri Lanka,Tigres Tamiles — Nora @ 11:40 am

La prensa no dice ni pío (350.000 civiles atrapados entre el ejército gubernamental y los Tigres Tamiles no son suficientes ni para una noticia…) y Ban Ki-Moon no se siente ultraaaaaaajaaaaaaaadooooooooo via Twitter:

“Organizaciones de ayuda dicen que una crisis humanitaria muy grave puede estar fraguándose en el norte de Sri Lanka donde las fuerzas del Gobierno están luchando fieramente con los rebeldes Tigres Tamiles.

Alrededor de 350.000 civiles tamiles están atrapados en un área donde se está llevando a cabo la lucha, obligándoles a aguantar bombardeos muy fuertes y una acusada falta de alimentos.

A los periodistas extranjeros no se les deja entrar en la zona de conflicto, pero Al-Jazeera ha obtenido fotos exclusivas de civiles huyendo mientras los edificios se queman y se producen cráteres como resultado de las bombas en la tierra” (tiene bemoles que sea Al-Jazeera quien publica sobre la crisis humanitaria en Sri Lanka…).

 “Hemos perdido todo, nuestra propiedad y todo”, un civil que huía le dijo a Al-Jazeera. “Es lo mismo que en el último sitio en el que hemos estado, también hemos perdido todo allí”. “No tenemos nada en propiedad ahora, hemos perdido todo. Estamos peor que antes, porque no tenemos nada que comer”.

Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaannnnnnnnnnnnnnn, Pedro Jotaaaaaaaa, Cebriááááaán, Escolaaaarrr y otros de la súpermegahipersupraimparcial prensa españolinggggggg ¿por qué esto no importa? Algunas organizaciones lo consideran un genocidio:

Selvamalar Ayadurai, que dirige una organización de ayuda que ayuda a los civiles en el norte de Sri Lanka, dice que el término genocidio puede usarse.
“Usan el término genocidio – puede ser correcto porque la definición de genocidio es una destrucción sistemática y planeada de un grupo social, racial o político. Así que esto es es la destrucción de un grupo racial, como son los tamiles del norte de Sri Lanka”, dijo a Al-Jazeera.
El gobierno de Sri Lanka ha obtenido una cadena de victorias contra los Tigres en las pasadas semanas.

Más titulares:
El miedo aumenta por los civiles atrapados mientras el Gobierno de Sri Lanka avanza [EN], Más civiles huyen de los combates [EN], El Comité Internacional de la Cruz Roja teme por los civiles que huyen [EN], Periodista acusa al Gobierno de Sri Lanka, por su asesinato desde la tumba: “Cuando finalmente me maten, será el Gobierno quien lo haya hecho” [EN], El Alto Comisionado de la ONU para los refugiados dice que “teme por ellos” (¿ultraje? no, gracias, eso se deja para Israel…) [EN], El último rugido del Tigre [EN].

Nada de esto ha sido publicado (insisto… y lo he buscado…) por la imparcial prensa española que sin embargo, no conoce límites en cuanto a su condena a Israel. Qué cosas.

Para terminar, fueron los Tamiles los que inventaron el terrorismo suicida, no Bin Laden. Lo que pasa es que los Tamiles no han amenazado Europa ni América, así que ¿para qué prestarles atención, aunque 350.000 civiles estén atrapados en la guerra?

Antes de comentar, tened en cuenta este post. Gracias.

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noviembre 20, 2007

Persecución cristiana: semana del 19 de noviembre

A partir de ahora reproduciré aquí la newsletter de International Christian Concern en la que se señalan los lugares en las que los cristianos (de cualquier denominación) son perseguidos en el mundo. Curiosamente uno de los lugares en los que más se persigue a los cristianos de cualquier denominación es la India, por parte de grupos extremistas Hindúes, con 190 casos de ataques graves a cristianos católicos en lo que va de año:

These assaults include homicide, armed assault, sexual mole station and lynching, All India Catholic Union (Aicu), an association grouping together lay Catholics warned in a document published November 17th last.

Como de estos casos, no se habla nada en los medios españoles, he decidido cada lunes (o martes) copiar la newsletter con un link a su web.

Esta semana se pide una oración por los siguientes casos.

Prayer Point 1:

INDIA

The Global Council of Indian Christians reported that Pastor Bakhthula Anand,  pastor of the Bethesda Prayer House consisting of about 200 members in Ambojipeta village, Andhra Pradesh, was attacked by a group of Hindu radicals on the morning of the of March 11th. Fifteen to twenty men  along with two policemen came to his home and demanded that he follow them to the police station. When he went with them, the officers left and he was left alone with the Hindu extremists, who took him deep into the forest and beat him on his face and his legs. The attack was well-planned since the pastor saw that they had bags with ropes and weapons, and the “leader” of the group had attended his church  on occasion for the past 6 months. He was beaten and threatened until 3 AM in the morning, and when he was finally released. Pastor Andhra was just able to walk home with his injuries.
PRAY for the recovery of Pastor  Anand from the severe beating.
PRAY for God’s divine protection on the pastor and his congregation.
PRAY that Hindus in India and all over the world will come to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

Prayer Point 2:

SRI LANKA
Pastor Victor Emmanuel Yogarajan, pastor of the Gospel Missionary Church in Vavuniya,  his two sons, and another young man have been reported missing since March 2nd according to a report from Compass Direct News.  The pastor’s family reported that they were last seen leaving a house in which they stayed overnight in Negombo, getting ready to travel to Colombo by bus.  The family has reported the incident to the police but there was no report of the whereabouts of the four. The incident is one among many alarming disappearances in the area.  The family is very concerned about the well-being of the pastor and the three young men.
PRAY for the safety of the four and for their family in this difficult time, and that they will soon be found  unharmed.
PRAY for the Christians in Sri Lanka who experience persecution and hardship daily.

Prayer Point 3:

PAKISTAN
Asia News has reported that
the pastor of Good Shepherd  Community Church was recently attacked and beaten  with iron rods by militants in the western state of Rajasthan. Pastor Reginald Howell was praying with a group of sick people when armed militants showed up at the meeting and beat him on the back with iron rods. Following the attack, the pastor went to a hospital to seek treatment but the doctors refused to treat him for fear of reprisal attacks by Hindu militants. At the same time, the police refused to file a report about the incident and instead told the pastor to leave the state and return to his home city. Rajasthan is known for its intolerance towards non-Hindus. Christians represent only 0.11% of the population in Rajasthan, where the majority is Hindu.
PRAY that the Lord will strengthen Pastor Reginald and his congregation as a result of this attack.
PRAY that the Christian minority in Rajasthan will be protected from militant groups who are trying to restrict religious freedom.
PRAY for those who would commit violence against one of God’s servants.

Prayer Point 4

INDIA

Two Christian youths were beaten up while distributing religious tracts to drug addicts in Mumbai. Bobby D’Souza and Sandip Mohite were injured from the attack. The attackers were Hindu militants  who have been hostile to Christian activities in the past.    On a separate incident, in Nagpur, three Church of the Nazarene pastors were beaten up by radical elements while showing the Jesus film. They were severely injured and their teeth were broken. Their equipment was damaged, and their costly projector was stolen. The police did not register a complaint but accused the Christians of wrongdoing, although this finding was overturned by higher authority.
PRAY for Bobby and Sandip who were injured and are in need of encouragement.
PRAY that the three pastors will recover from their injuries quickly, that the attackers will be arrested, and brought to justice.
PRAY that despite hostility, the gospel will be preached all over India, and more Hindus will come to know salvation through Jesus Christ. [yo me conformo con que dejen rezar tranquilamente a los de otras religiones].

Noticias relacionadas: El Parlamento Europeo condena la persecución a los cristianos.

Iraq, China, Vietnam, Turkey, Pakistan, Gaza and the Philippines have placed Asia in the unenviable position of being the continent with the most numerous violations to religious freedom. Condemnation for such violations came this time from the European parliament which adopted a resolution by a margin of 57 to 2 with one abstention with regards to “serious events which compromise Christian communities’ existence and those of other religious communities.”

Referring to various international agreements and conventions that protect human rights and religious freedom and citing a list of violations of violations of religious freedom, the resolution strongly condemns a plethora of acts of violence.

In the text, the European parliament “[u]rges the governments of the countries concerned to improve the security situation of the Christian communities; stresses therefore that the public authorities have a duty to protect all religious communities, including Christian communities, from discrimination and repression;” and calls on European Union institutions to raise the issue at a political level with the countries where violations occur.

La resolución fue adoptada por 57 votos a favor, 2 en contra y 1 abstención y en ella se “urge a los países que se mencionan a incrementar la seguridad de las comunidades cristianas; hace hincapié en que las autoridades públicas tienen el deber de proteger todas las comunidades religiosas, incluidas las comunidades cristianas, de la discriminación y la represión“, y llama a las autoridades europeas a convertirlo en una cuestión política con dichos países (Irak, China, Vietnam, Turquía, Paquistán, Gaza y las Filipinas). EL problema es que la resolución no incluye muchos países que deberían haber sido considerados:

For instance, India is not mentioned despite the frequent acts of violence and intimidations visited upon Christians; nor are Central Asian republics, which keep religious groups under very tight control and jail believers, included. Neither North Korea, where the Church has been literally wiped out, nor Russia, which approved a bill discriminating against ‘non-national religious groups, are on the list.

Ni la India, ni las repúblicas de Asia Central ni Corea del Norte ni Rusia, que acaba de aprobar una ley discriminando a todos los grupos no nacionales.

Mientras en Indonesia, una turba de musulmanes atacó un edificio porque sospechaban que era una iglesia.

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