State, Not Church, Leads Western Response to China’s Human-Dignity Violations

Sam Mooy

Protesters attend a rally for the Uyghur community at Parliament House on March 15, 2021 in Canberra, Australia. According to a major new report by a US-based think tank, Beijing is breaching each and every provision of the UN Genocide Convention, with “intent to destroy” the Uyghurs as a group in China’s north-western Xinjiang region. The report, published by Newlines Institute for Strategy and Policy, is the first independent expert application of the 1948 Genocide Convention to the ongoing treatment of the Uyghurs in China.

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Federal court: University of Iowa officials personally liable for mistreating Christian group

CNA Staff, Mar 23, 2021 / 09:01 pm (CNA).- University of Iowa officials who wrongly de-recognized a Christian student group for objecting to same-sex relationships can be held personally liable for their unconstitutional actions, a federal appeals court has said.

The decision came in a second lawsuit relating to the university’s treatment of campus religious groups.

A three-judge panel with the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals on March 22 overturned part of a lower court’s decision which held that dean of students Lyn Redington, assistant dean Thomas Baker, and Iowa Memorial Union executive director had qualified immunity. Instead, the panel said they could be ordered to pay damages for treating the Christian group Business Leaders in Christ more strictly than other student groups, the Associated Press reports.

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Malawi legislature blocks debate of bill to expand grounds for abortion

Lilongwe, Malawi, Mar 23, 2021 / 08:01 pm (CNA).- Malawi’s National Assembly earlier this month declined to debate a bill that would expand the grounds for procuring an abortion.

The Nyasa Times reported that “almost all MPs shouted ‘No’” when it was suggested March 11 that the bill be debated.

The bill would permit abortion in circumstances of rape, incest, fatal fetal impairment, or when pregnancy endangers the mother’s physical or mental health. Abortion is currently criminalized in Malawi except in cases of saving the mother’s life.

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