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December, 2014


Secret Torture Chambers Exposed

December 15, 2014 · 

Secret Torture Chambers Exposed Fr. Shay Cullen Who would ever imagine that a secret torture squad attached to the Philippine National Police would use a crudely made “wheel of fortune” to select the torture technique they would use on their victims? Torture is outlawed by international convention and the Philippine Penal Code yet in 2009 […]

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VATICAN : Cyberslums where online abusers prowl need pastoral care, say speakers

December 11, 2014 · 

VATICAN : Cyberslums where online abusers prowl need pastoral care, say speakers By Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service, VATICAN CITY (CNS via CNUA) A new kind of ghetto needs the church’s presence and people’s solidarity: the “digital slum” where cyberbullying and online pornography and abuse run rampant, said speakers at a Vatican news conference. Online […]

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Malala and Kailash Satyarthi receive joint Nobel award

December 11, 2014 · 

 10 December 2014 Last updated at 14:59 Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai and Indian child rights campaigner Kailash Satyarthi have received the Nobel Peace Prize awards. Kailash Satyarthi: “I refuse to accept that the shackles of slavery can ever be stronger than the quest for freedom” The Nobel committee described both laureates as “champions of […]

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Game promoting violence against women banned in Australia

December 9, 2014 · 

Game promoting violence against women banned in Australia The Guardian .   The Australian retail chain Target has removed the controversial video game Grand Theft Auto V from sale in its stores. In a statement on its website, the company claims to have made the decision following feedback from customers, “about the game’s depictions of […]

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US Senate Torture report on Bush era to cause outrage.

December 9, 2014 · 

By Anthony Zurcher Editor, Echo Chambers Senator Diane Feinstein says the US torture report will be released this week The public has yet to see the Senate Intelligence committee report on the rendition, detention and interrogation practices of the George W Bush administration, so its actual contents are currently the province of rumors and leaks.With […]

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Bristol social services failed to protect abused children?

December 8, 2014 · 

Thirteen men, all of Somali origin, have been convicted of the systematic sexual abuse of vulnerable girls as young as 13 in Bristol and officers are investigating claims against 49 other suspects.

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Pope and other religious leaders commit to eradicating human slavery

December 5, 2014 · 

“We [the signers] make this declaration in the name of the victims,” said Francis, who pointed out that human trafficking occurs virtually everywhere, from slums to the world’s wealthiest cities, hidden behind closed doors or in plain sight on streets where women are forced into prostitution.

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Police torture common in PH – Amnesty

December 5, 2014 · 

Father Shay Cullen, founder of the Preda Foundation for human rights based in Olongapo City, said the report was too narrow in its focus and did not go far enough in revealing the truth behind the abuse, ill-treatment and torture of children in government municipal detention centers where they are brought by police and brutalized.

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GOVERNMENT TO INVESTIGATE THE KILLING OF AN ANTI-MINING ACTIVIST IN SAMAR

December 4, 2014 · 

“Justice for the killing of Francisco Canayong. Stop extra-judicial killing”, Philippine Misereor Partnership said in a statement seeking government’s immediate investigation of the killing of an anti-mining activists in Salcedo, Eastern Samar. Canayong, was stabbed to death in broad daylight on 1 May 2012 by an unidentified assailant. He is a known active anti-mining activist opposing the mining operations in Salcedo.

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Why China's churches are full and communist leaders are furious

December 2, 2014 · 

There are now an estimated 100 million plus Christians in the world’s most populous country, with Catholics alone accounting for about 12 million of this number. Many of these are new converts who, eager to fulfill the Great Commission, are busy evangelizing their fellow Chinese citizens. The Chinese Communist Party has been doing some recruiting of its own in recent years, opening its ranks to intellectuals, business owners, and other previously suspect classes – even capitalists! Still, the 86.7 million formal members of this decaying “faith” – most of whom are Communists in name only – are now outnumbered by a growing and vibrant Chinese Christianity.

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