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May, 2015

Fair Trade is Breaking the Chains of Exploitation

May 15, 2015 ·  By Fr. Shay Cullen

Fair Trade is Breaking the Chains of Exploitation Fr. Shay Cullen Seoul, South Korea. When I visit the poor in the Manila slums and smell the putrid, revolting stink of the black slime of the waterways that carry the excrement of a million families through the sprawling metropolis of Metro Manila and look upon the […]


Washington Week on Human Rights: April 20, 2015

May 15, 2015 ·  By Brenda Bowser Soder April 20, 2015


Top News Refugee Protection On Tuesday at 10:05 a.m., Secretary of State John Kerry will deliver remarks during the 45th Annual Conference on the Americas, co-hosted by the U.S. Department of State. Among the topics Secretary Kerry should address during his speech is how the Obama Administration plans to protect refugees fleeing violence and persecution […]


Australian nabbed for human trafficking

May 15, 2015 ·  By By Bryner L. Diaz/FPL for


CEBU, Philippines – A 61-year-old Australian national facing arrest warrant for human trafficking was nabbed yesterday morning by operatives of San Francisco Police Station in Barangay Consuelo of the town. Michael Refalo was arrested inside an Internet café on the strength of the warrant of arrest issued by Regional Trial Court Branch 61 Judge Antonio […]


Senate approves human trafficking bill 99-0; Next up vote on Loretta Lynch nomination with Vitter and Cassidy opposed

May 14, 2015 ·  By By Bruce Alpert, | Times-Picayune Email the author | Follow on Twitter on April 22, 2015 at 6:51 PM, updated April 22, 2015 at 7:32 PM

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WASHINGTON — For a bill that passed 99-0 Wednesday (April 22), it sure took a long time. The Senate finally passed the bipartisan Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act after nearly six weeks of delay resulting from a dispute over contentious anti-abortion language added to the bill by Republicans. That issue was finally resolved this week. […]


Lady judges hold women, child rights convention in Tagaytay

May 14, 2015 ·  By


The Philippine Women Judges Association (PWJA) will open today its 20th Annual Convention-Seminar alongside the Regional Conference of the Asia-Pacific Region of the International Association of Women Judges’ (IAWJ) at the Taal Vista Hotel in Tagaytay City with the theme: “Protecting The Rights of Women and Children Across the Asia Pacific Region.” Supreme Court Associate […]


Case of pregnant girl, 10, divides Paraguay

May 14, 2015 ·  By Associated Press 8:20 AM | Monday, May 11th, 2015 Read more:

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ASUNCION, Paraguay — One of Paraguay’s leading churchmen acknowledged Sunday that the nation has been split over the case of a pregnant 10-year-old girl denied an abortion. The argument over the girl has drawn unusually strong attention to the issues of child abuse and abortion, which is banned in all cases except when the mother’s […]


HOLY FATHER : Receives Raul Castro at Vatican (Vatican Radio via CNUA)

May 13, 2015 ·  By


Pope Francis received the President of Cuba, Raul Castro, on Sunday morning in private audience at the Vatican. A note from the Director of the Press Office of the Holy See, Fr. Federico Lombardi, SJ, explains that Castro arrived at 9:30 AM, and stayed a little over an hour, during the course of which the […]


After Meeting Pope, Cuban President Says He May Return to Catholic Church

May 13, 2015 ·  By

Pope Francis meets with Cuban President

VATICAN CITY – After Raul Castro paid a call Sunday on Pope Francis at the Vatican to thank him for working for Cuban-U.S. detente – the Cuban president said he was so impressed by the pontiff he is considering a return to the Catholic church’s fold. The pontiff “is a Jesuit, and I, in some […]


Sex abuse royal commission: Royal North Shore Hospital psychologist abused patient.

May 12, 2015 ·  By Rachel Browne for (


A psychologist employed by Royal North Shore Hospital was arrested for making death threats two years after he allegedly sexually assaulted a young patient, according to evidence before a royal commission. Hospital psychologist Stuart Frank Simpson allegedly molested an 11-year-old patient under the guise of “play therapy” in 1967 but when his family complained to […]


Comparing school bullies and adults doesn’t help

May 12, 2015 ·  By Marilyn Campbell, QUT for (

Bullying and child abuse are very different things. Photo: Janie Barrett

We used to think that bullying happened to all children, it was a “childhood rite of passage” and “character-building”. Yes, there is an intention to hurt involved in bullying, but how much hurt can kids do to each other? However, abuse of children by adults, especially parents hurting their children, has long been condemned. The […]

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