- The Washington Times - Friday, August 28, 2009


Dalai Lama’s visit upsets China

BEIJING | China said Thursday that it “resolutely opposes” a decision by Taiwan’s president to allow the Dalai Lama to visit the island.

A spokesman for the State Council’s Taiwan Affairs Office said a visit by the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, “in whatever form and capacity,” would be condemned by China, according to the official Xinhua News Agency.

Beijing has long vilified the Dalai Lama for what it says are his attempts to fight for independence in Tibet, which has been under Communist rule for decades.

The president of Taiwan, Ma Ying-jeou, on Thursday agreed to honor the invitation extended to the Dalai Lama by the leaders of seven local municipalities who wanted the spiritual leader to visit victims of Typhoon Morakot from Aug. 31 to Sept. 4.


Aborigine treatment draws U.N. rebuke

CANBERRA | Australia breached international obligations on human and indigenous rights by imposing radical restrictions on Aborigines during a crackdown on child abuse in Outback communities, a United Nations expert said Thursday.

The U.N. special rapporteur on indigenous human rights, James Anaya, said his 12-day fact-finding tour of Australia revealed that the Aboriginal minority still suffers from “entrenched racism.”

Mr. Anaya’s comments came as Australia launches its latest bid to address inequality, ill health and poverty among the country’s 500,000 indigenous people that have dogged the country since white settlers arrived more than 200 years ago.


Democracy activist wins rights award

MANILA | China and other governments with lucrative business deals in Myanmar are ignoring massive corruption by its ruling military junta, a pro-democracy activist said Thursday.

Ka Hsaw Wa said corruption has become the second worst problem in Myanmar, also known as Burma, after widespread human rights violations, and afflicts all levels of its government.

He spoke to the Associated Press in Manila, where he was named one of six recipients of the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay award, considered Asia’s version of the Nobel Peace Prize, for documenting human rights and environmental abuses in his country.


Muslims barred from concert

KUALA LUMPUR | Malaysia’s government has barred Muslims from a concert by U.S. hip-hop stars the Black Eyed Peas next month because the event is organized by Irish beer giant Guinness, an official said Thursday.

The prohibition comes amid a clampdown on alcohol consumption among Malaysia’s Muslim majority. A Muslim woman who drank beer in public was sentenced to caning by an Islamic court last month, though authorities this week agreed to review the penalty. Officials also recently curbed retail sales of liquor in a central state.


Restrictions eyed on Mideast evangelism

SEOUL | South Korea is considering restricting Christian missionaries’ travel to the Middle East, where their evangelical work makes them vulnerable to terrorist attacks.

Foreign Ministry officials said Thursday that the government may impose restrictions because missionary work in some Middle Eastern nations threatens the safety of not only the missionaries themselves but other South Koreans as well.

South Korea has one of the largest populations of missionaries abroad. The Korea World Missions Association said about 19,000 Koreans are doing missionary work abroad.

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