Easter blessings from UCAN
There is no more important week in the year for Christians than this Holy Week. We call it Holy because of the mystery we celebrate - God's gift of His son who loves us to his death on Calvary and beyond.
Because of that love, we wish each other Happy Easter even when we know there is a lot of tragedy about it - Good Friday. As Christians, we know that what we see happening with and in Jesus goes to the heart of what we know from our own experience of life.
At the Second Vatican Council, the Christian lives we all lead were described as being shares in the Paschal Mystery. We have our share in the death and resurrection of Jesus every day. Our lives are part of the Paschal Mystery.
At UCAN, we work to describe that mystery in the unfolding tragedies and astonishing blessings of the people we seek out and report, feature and comment on.
While at times deeply distressing work, this effort of ours gets its coherence in the same way the death of Jesus did - because of the astonishing grace of a God who never gives up on life and love.
Because of that, we can wish you Happy Easter.
Fr. Michael Kelly SJ
Groups press Myanmar on citizenship
Rights campaigners urge change to law barring Rohingyas
- Mike MacLachlan, London
- United Kingdom
- July 10, 2012
The Citizenship Law â€śarbitrarily stripped many people of the right to citizenship,â€ť the campaigners said in a joint statement released yesterday.
The law, introduced by General Ne Win in 1982, is â€śnot compatible with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights or with [Myanmarâ€™s] legal obligations under international treaties,â€ť the statement said.
It should be â€śreplaced with a new law founded on basic principles of human rights [which] should honor equality and non-discrimination and help create an inclusive and tolerant Burma.â€ť
The citizenship issue is one of the many factors fueling recent violence between the Buddhist Rakhine people and the Rohingyas in Arakan state, say the campaign organisations, which range from Scandinavia and Switzerland to Japan, the United States, South Africa and Australia.
They include indigenous groups such as the Chin Human Rights Organization, international ones such as the International Federation for Human Rights and Christian Solidarity Worldwide, and Asian organisations, among them the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development and the Asia Pacific Solidarity Coalition.
Rohingyas seek shelter in camps near Sittwe