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
Police 'commit most rights violations'
Torture, shootings and use of intimidation against human rights and media workersLeaders including Jesuit Father Franz Magnis Suseno (3rd left) mark 13th anniversary of KontraS
- Konradus Epa, Jakarta
- March 21, 2011
The report was issued yesterday to mark the 13th anniversary of the establishment of the Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence (KontraS), which was established on March 20, 1998.
‚ÄúKontraS logged 34 cases of human rights violations this year. From these, police are linked to eight deaths,‚ÄĚ Haris Azhar, the commission‚Äôs coordinator, said at a press conference in Jakarta.
Violations included: torture, shootings and use of intimidation against human rights and media workers, civil society and political prisoners, he said
Azhar thanked journalists for publicizing the commission‚Äôs activities, and promised to keep focusing on minority groups and marginalized people.
‚ÄúWe still have many things to do. We will always encourage victims [of human rights violations] to stand up for their rights, because we will not allow this nation to act violently,‚ÄĚ he said.
Also attending the press conference were several religious leaders, including Jesuit Father Franz Magnis-Suseno.
‚ÄúWe will continue to support your struggle,‚ÄĚ the lecturer at Driyarkara School of Philosophy told the commission, thanking members for upholding human rights in the country.
Any violence, including examples committed in the name of religion, must be stopped, said Mamat, a Muslim leader. ‚ÄúToday‚Äôs event should revive our commitment to ending all violence and oppression,‚ÄĚ he added.
Police ‚Äėmust stay independent‚Äô
Police accused of abusing prisoners