Police said the Kimyal tribe accused their rivals of practicing witchcraft which led to the death of former district chief and influential Kimyal leader Abock Busup. Media tests confirmed he died from a heart attack.
Refugees who fled their homes due to violence between indigenous groups are seen here at the Evangelical Church of Indonesia Evanhastia in Dekai, Papua, on Oct. 6. (Photo: Florianus Geong)
However, the accusation prompted Kimyal tribesmen to attack the Yali group armed with bows and machetes. Police arrested 52 and continued a manhunt to nab others. Ethnic violence is not new in Papua, home to some 255 tribes.
In 2018, a conflict between the Yali and Ngalik tribes in Yahukimo district killed two people and injured six. Last year violence in Jayapura between the Nafri and Enggros tribes left seven people injured.
Suspected Muslim separatists opened fire on a passenger train in southern Thailand and caused a temporary halt to local services on Sunday.
The train came under attack on its way from Su-ngai Kolok border town in restive Muslim-majority province of Narathiwat to Yala, another Muslim-majority province in Thailand’s southern region bordering Malaysia. The train driver said the gunmen opened fire from bushes by the tracks and damaged its airbrake system, but no one was injured.
An army ranger gestures next to a train at Tanyongmat railway station in Rangae district in Thailand’s southern province of Narathiwat on Aug. 28, after the train carrying agricultural products was hit by a bomb believed to have been set by suspected insurgents. (Photo: AFP)
In response, defense volunteers on the train returned fire and security forces were dispatched to the scene, but no suspected insurgents were nabbed. In August, a bomb was set off as a cargo train approached a railway station in Narathiwat, badly damaging the locomotive.
Southern Thailand has experienced a long-running Muslim insurgency with the separatists recently adopting hit-and-run attacks. The insurgency has left 7,000 people, both Buddhists and Muslims, dead and thousands injured since 2004.
A group of senators have introduced legislation in the US Congress seeking to pressurize Myanmar’s military junta over its atrocities since the February coup.
The Burma Unified through Rigorous Military Accountability Act of 2021 was introduced on Tuesday by Democrat legislators Gregory W. Meeks from New York and Benjamin L. Cardin from Maryland along with Steve Chabot, a Republican representing Ohio.
A protester holds up a poster featuring Aung San Suu Kyi during a demonstration against the military coup in front of the Central Bank of Myanmar in Yangon in February. (Photo: AFP)
The senators said the legislation is essential as Myanmar’s junta has refused to cease violence, release those unjustly detained or participate in meaningly dialogue with local stakeholders. The bill aims to hold accountable those responsible for the coup and the ensuing atrocities that have claimed over 1,000 lives by authorizing targeted sanctions against the military, the State Administrative Council and their affiliated entities and conglomerates.
Myanmar’s military regime has continued it brutal crackdown pro-democracy protests and civilians despite several sanctions imposed by the US and Western governments.
Christian leaders in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand have demanded punishment for a Hindu mob that attacked a church and injured the faithful during worship.
A 200 -strong mob of Hindu radicals barged into a morning prayer service last Sunday at Roorkee town in Haridwar district. The mob shouted religious slogans, abused and thrashed Christians and accused them of conducting religious conversion activities. Three women sustained serious injuries and were rushed to hospital.
Catholics pray during a Good Friday service in an East Delhi church in India. (Photo: Bijay Kumar Minj/UCA News)
In a police report, a church official said the attackers were members of the pro-Hindu Bharatiya Janata Party and its radical outfits. Religious-charged violence against Christians has intensified in India since the BJP came to power in 2014.
Hindu extremists often accuse Christians of using force and other clandestine tactics to convert people and attack their worship places and other institution. Uttarakhand is the ninth Indian state to enact a strict anti-conversion law that makes religious conversion a serious criminal offense, specifically targeting minority Muslims and Christians.
Government ministers in Catholic-majority Timor-Leste are spearheading a campaign aiming to vaccinate 80 percent of the population as many are still have doubts about vaccines.
The ministers are campaigning in all the country’s 13 municipalities for the drive which began at the start of October. Some ministers are reportedly administering vaccines themselves.
Timor-Leste’s Minister of Health Odete Maria Freitas Belo vaccinates residents in Ermera municipality on Oct. 3, part of the government’s efforts to involve ministers in the vaccination campaign. (Photo: Ministry of Health)
Despite a lack of resources, Timor-Leste has successfully battled the Covid-19 pandemic since last year, recording about 19,613 cases and 119 deaths. The government’s mass vaccination campaign saw about 60 percent of the adult population receiving a first dose and 37 percent fully vaccinated.
The government also announced that it will compensate anyone who experiences complications after receiving vaccines. In case of disability a patient will get 1,000 to 7,000 US dollars, while a family will get 10,000 dollars if a patient dies.