Philippine cardinal on death penalty: "The death penalty has not reduced crime because it does not solve criminality from its roots," Manila Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle said. "To help solve these roots of criminality, the church and the state need to protect and strengthen the basic unit of society, which is the family."
NCR Today: Since democratically elected president Manuel Zelaya was ousted in 2009, thousands of activists have been murdered.
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has strongly condemned the death sentence against Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag, a Sudanese Christian woman accused of apostasy. Ibrahim was sentenced to death by hanging on May 15 after she refused to recant her faith. She also was sentenced to 100 lashes for adultery because although she was raised a Christian, the court considers her a Muslim and therefore not married to her Christian husband.
The arrests Sunday of human rights defenders Oblate Fr. Praveen Mahesan and Ruki Fernando in Sri Lanka was called "arbitrary" by Amnesty International and other groups.