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
Probe slams Korean firm over strike
NGO demands answers about violence at clothing factoryBangladesh workers who were killed during their strike last December (Photo courtesy of KHIS)
- ucanews.com reporter, Seoul
- February 17, 2011
At least three people were killed and 250 injured when a strike for better pay by thousands of workers turned ugly at Youngone Tradingâ€™s Chittagong factory in December.
Vincentio Na Hyun-phil, coordinator of the Korean House for International Solidarity and part of a fact-finding team said today that Youngone Trading needs to clarify what really happened during the strike.
During the strike five of the workers were called by management upstairs for talks but later three of them were found with their ankles and wrists slashed and, and the other two were missing, Na said.
Na alleges the strike turned violent as a result of the assault on the five workers.
A probe report, published by the Asian Human Rights Commission yesterday, also urged the Korean government to investigate Youngone Trading for human rights violations.
Youngone has some 36,000 workers at 17 factories in Bangladesh and produces clothes under the brand names of North Face and Nike.
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