Category Archives: Asia

Stop the killing, end the Duterte regime’s attacks on Negros Island

International Campaign in the Philippines

On April 25, the Toronto Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines and the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines in Canada (ICHRP-Canada) hosted an online event to bring to light the struggle of the people in the Philippines in general, and Negros Island in particular, against the violence of the Duterte regime. Negros is second only to Mindanao in terms of military presence and perpetration of violence against the people by the U.S.-backed Duterte regime. Continue reading

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Online celebration: Historic contributions and legacy of Ho Chi Minh

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Sunday, May 17 — 2:00-3:30 pm EDT
Organized by Canada-Vietnam Friendship Society
Register by sending your name, email and phone number to:

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Why it’s wrong (and racist) to blame Covid-19 on Chinese ‘wet markets’

New York Times depiction (1/25/20) of a wet market in Shenzhen, which is 680 miles from Wuhan | Lam Yik Fei/New York Times

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Vietnam’s proactive approach to battling COVID-19; A staggering achievement

Emphasizing the importance of social solidarity, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has described Vietnam’s efforts to contain the virus as the “spring general offensive of 2020”, referring to the crucial 1968 Tet Offensive by the liberation forces during its last war.

Vietnamese family of recovered COVID-19 patient presents flowers to a doctor in the  northern province of Vinh Phuc, Feb. 26, 2020. At the time the patient was the last being treated.

(April 27) – Vietnam, just south of coastal China, is the 15th most populous country in the world with 97 million people. At the time of writing, Vietnam has registered no new cases of the coronavirus  in the past ten days. In all, according to its Ministry of Health (MoH), only 268 coronavirus infections and no deaths have been recorded. In contrast to Canada, a country with developed resources and 48,800 cases and 2,852 deaths, this is a staggering achievement. Continue reading

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Webinar to celebrate 45th anniversary of the reunification of Vietnam

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U.S.-Taliban pact: Agreement on a new war in Afghanistan


Tehran (March 11) – After months of ups and downs, finally, a peace deal was signed between the Taliban and the United States in Doha on February 20, 2020.

It was struck at the presence of representatives of about 30 countries, mostly U.S. allies in the Afghan war. However, no representatives from the Afghan government were present at the signing ceremony. Continue reading

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At the Line of Control in Kashmir – Civilians not allowed on the Indian side

Indian Occupation forces continue to target and kill civilians across the LOC in Kashmir with increasing intensity and frequency. In contrast to the silent acquiescence of the Trudeau Liberals, a Canadian delegation of human rights activists led by Zafar Bangash, director of the Toronto-based Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought, visits the region on an independent fact-finding investigation.

Villagers warmly greet Canadian delegation | Crescent international

The road from Muzaffarabad, the capital of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), snakes through some of the most breath-taking scenic areas toward Chakothi, the check point on the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir. To the left of the road is the Neelum River, its clear blue flowing majestically toward Muzaffarabad where it meets the Jhelum River at a point called sangam (meeting point). To the right are towering mountains of the Himalayan range where rock falls are common. Some drivers are quite reckless and it is a miracle that vehicles do not plunge into the river below or get into accidents on the twisting road. Continue reading

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