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August, 2013


August 30 is International Day of the Disappeared.

August 31, 2013 · 

By MURRAY HORTON <http://opinion.inquirer.net/59897/aquinos-zero-rate-record>http://opinion.inquirer.net/59897/aquinos-zero-rate-record Aug. 21, Ninoy Aquino Day, commemorated the life and death of Sen. Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. With this in mind, the Philippines Solidarity Network, together with faith-based justice and peace advocates in New Zealand, reiterates its appeal for President Aquino, son of Ninoy, to put an end to human rights abuses. […]

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INDIA : Porn and sexual violence

August 31, 2013 · 

By Mari Marcel Thekaekara (New Internationalist via CNUA) Pornography seems to evoke instant interest. And the responses, predictably, in most newspapers, to British Prime Minister David Cameron’s proposed default filter on porn sites are prolific. I’ve thought more about porn in the last year, than I’ve had reason to ever before. The April Jones case […]

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Indian Women need equality, not protection

August 31, 2013 · 

By Virginia Saldhana (UCAN via CNUA)  Until things change fundamentally, India remains unsafe for females. The gang rape of a young photojournalist on August 22 in Mumbai is just the latest in a string of such brutal attacks across India. In each case, the media moves into overdrive by capturing every frame and soundbite to […]

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Responsibility for rape is a male issue

August 31, 2013 · 

By Matthew Vickery (New Internationalist via CNUA) I am a feminist – and male. Thankfully, a few of us do exist. Yet the idea of a ‘male feminist’ still seems to confuse many men. Indeed, after my blog post exposing a sexist pub quiz went viral last month, I received many tweets and comments from […]

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SUPPORTING THE GOOD, HONEST NGOs

August 30, 2013 · 

by FR.SHAY CULLEN These days the good name of non-government organizations (NGOs), church charities and  people’s organizations in the Philippines have been dragged into the mud and disrepute by  the  corrupt acts of politicians who used fake NGOs and charities and even government agencies to launder stolen public funds entrusted to them for poverty alleviation […]

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Pillars of South African society arrested for child pornography offences

August 29, 2013 · 

22 August 2013 at 12:25 People who ought to be protectors are allegedly perpetrating crimes against children, the Film and Publications Board (FPB) said on Wednesday. “Looking at the profile of those arrested, it affirms that these crimes attract even the most trusted within society,” said FPB acting CEO Jonas Phoshoko in a statement. He […]

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Rolf Harris charged with 13 child sex offences

August 29, 2013 · 

Josh Halliday www.theguardian.com    Thursday 29 August 2013 12.05 BST Rolf Harris, who was first interviewed under caution last year and arrested in March under Operation Yewtree. Photograph: Mark Liley/Allstar/Sportsphoto Rolf Harris has been charged with 13 offences under Operation Yewtree, including nine counts of indecent assault and four counts of making indecent images of […]

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Church against the government over inhumane deportation of Filipino migrants

August 29, 2013 · 

Tokyo (AsiaNews via CNUA) Japanese bishops accuse the Japanese government of “inhumane” behaviour towards Filipino migrants forcibly deported because they lacked proper papers. “We question and oppose the forced mass deportation of the 75 undocumented Filipino migrants because we found that their human rights were violated and their welfare was disregarded,” said the Catholic Commission […]

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Cardinal Tagle leads protesters in praying and singing

August 28, 2013 · 

MANILA, August 26, 2013 (CBCP News via CNUA) Imagine the whole Luneta singing “Pananagutan” in unison. The sight might have caused goose bumps as the Million People March to Luneta served quite reminiscent of the historic People Power Revolution of 1986 where the influence of citizens reigned supreme over any form of power. Led by […]

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Pope asks pontifical academies to help fight human trafficking

August 24, 2013 · 

By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service, VATICAN CITY (CNS via CNUA) At the request of Pope Francis, scholars and researchers belonging to two pontifical academies and representatives of the World Federation of Catholic Medical Associations will begin focusing on the phenomenon of human trafficking and ways to fight it. A working group from the pontifical […]

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