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16 days of activism and the call to ban coercive conversion remembered

16 days of activism and the call to ban coercive conversion remembered

By Heavenly Culture
World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL)

Awareness of the severity of the violation of human rights increases as citizens make the “Incident of the late Ms. Ji-in Gu” known through foreign press.

With the upcoming anniversary of the death of Ms Ji-in Gu from Hwasun, Jeonnam, who died at the hands of her family who attempted to forcibly convert her religious beliefs, ordinary citizens wishing to bring an end to coercive conversion practices which still run rampant, published an advertisement calling for a “Ban on Coercive Conversion” in The New York Times.

Last year in South Korea, where freedom of religion is guaranteed by its Constitution, a woman was kidnapped and killed because of her different religious beliefs. However, the domestic South Korean press turned a hard, cold shoulder on the incident, writing it off as a “religious matter” and a “family issue.”

As a result, the pastors who use coercive conversion as a means of generating income are still formulating and encouraging such programmes. There have been 137 confirmed victims of coercive conversion so far this year as of the end of October, and the danger of other instances of the “Ji-in Gu incident” occurring is increasing.

In contrast to Korea, overseas press and media in countries such as the US considered coercive conversion as a severe violation of human rights and shed the spotlight on the death of Ji-in Gu. There were in fact rallies and campaigns against coercive conversion programmes held in 23 cities in 15 countries that followed the death of Ji-in Gu, of which 33 foreign press provided active coverage.

Following this, voluntary donors gathered funds together for the anniversary of her death, to publicize in The New York Times the current state of coercive conversion and support the banning of this practice.

According to the content published in the New York Times on the 27 November, a young woman (the late Ji-in Gu) was kidnapped through a programme created by pastors of the CCK (the Christian Council of Korea) to convert the religious beliefs of its targets. She escaped from the first attempt and even participated in a rally held to oppose the practice, but the second time she was kidnapped she died of asphyxiation.

The article states that in the wake of her death, the entire globe is drawing attention to the violation of the universal right to the freedom of religion, and emphasized that efforts to aid those that need protection from religious persecution are on the rise.

It pleads for its readers to take interest and participate in the protection of victims like Ji-in Gu, and give support to rallies against the CCK and coercive conversion programmes.


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Following reverse listing, public can now acquire shareholding in Paratus Namibia


20 February 2020, Windhoek, Namibia: Paratus Namibia Holdings (PNH) was founded as Nimbus Infrastructure Limited (“Nimbus”), Namibia’s first Capital Pool Company listed on the Namibian Stock Exchange (“NSX”).

Although targeting an initial capital raising of N$300 million, Nimbus nonetheless managed to secure funding to the value of N$98 million through its CPC listing. With a mandate to invest in ICT infrastructure in sub-Sahara Africa, it concluded management agreements with financial partner Cirrus and technology partner, Paratus Telecommunications (Pty) Ltd (“Paratus Namibia”).

Paratus Namibia Managing Director, Andrew Hall

Its first investment was placed in Paratus Namibia, a fully licensed communications operator in Namibia under regulation of the Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN). Nimbus has since been able to increase its capital asset base to close to N$500 million over the past two years.

In order to streamline further investment and to avoid duplicating potential ICT projects in the market between Nimbus and Paratus Namibia, it was decided to consolidate the operations.

Publishing various circulars to shareholders, Nimbus took up a 100% shareholding stake in Paratus Namibia in 2019 and proceeded to apply to have its name changed to Paratus Namibia Holdings with a consolidated board structure to ensure streamlined operations between the capital holdings and the operational arm of the business.

This transaction was approved by the Competitions Commission as well as CRAN, following all the relevant regulatory approvals as well as the necessary requirements in terms of corporate governance structures.

Paratus Namibia has evolved as a fully comprehensive communications operator in Namibia and operates as the head office of the Paratus Group in Africa. Paratus has established a pan-African footprint with operations in six African countries, being: Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia.

The group has achieved many successes over the years of which more recently includes the building of the Trans-Kalahari Fibre (TKF) project, which connects from the West Africa Cable System (WACS) eastward through Namibia to Botswana and onward to Johannesburg. The TKF also extends northward through Zambia to connect to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, which made Paratus the first operator to connect the west and east coast of Africa under one Autonomous System Number (ASN).

This means that Paratus is now “exporting” internet capacity to landlocked countries such as Zambia, Botswana, the DRC with more countries to be targeted, and through its extensive African network, Paratus is well-positioned to expand the network even further into emerging ICT territories.

PNH as a fully-listed entity on the NSX, is therefore now the 100% shareholder of Paratus Namibia thereby becoming a public company. PNH is ready to invest in the future of the ICT environment in Namibia. The public is therefore invited and welcome to acquire shares in Paratus Namibia Holdings by speaking to a local stockbroker registered with the NSX. The future is bright, and the opportunities are endless.