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January, 2016

President Obama Announces Ban On Solitary Confinement For Juveniles

January 31, 2016 ·  By Mike Newman for


President Obama on Monday morning published an op-ed in the Washington Post about solitary confinement of juveniles. On Monday President Obama announced that federal prisons would no longer use solitary confinement for juveniles or for inmates serving time for low-level infractions. Last summer, I directed Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch and the Justice Department to […]


Eight-year-old child held in police cell overnight, new figures reveal

January 30, 2016 ·  By Alexandra Sims for


An eight-year-old was among tens of thousands of children held overnight in police cells last year, new figures have revealed. 22,795 under-18-year-old were held in police cells in 2014-2015, including one child who was held for 15 days, according to data obtained by the BBC through a Freedom of Information request. Gloucestershire Police revealed they […]


Farmers start life as owners of land.

January 29, 2016 · 


  It was a new day for farmers in an estate in Quezon province who had long been struggling to own the land they were tilling. For the first time in their lives, farmers in the controversial Hacienda Matias in Quezon were able to keep the income from their harvests. Maribel Luzara, head of Kilusang […]


The Road to Justice and Equality

January 29, 2016 · 

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The Road to Justice and Equality Father Shay Cullen SSC 29 January 2016 Last week Archbishop Cardinal Tagle raised eyebrows in Cebu during the International Eucharistic Congress when he spoke directly about the greed and corruption of Philippine politicians who are so much a part of the throwaway society of greed, corruption, materialism and waste. […]


Killer stepfather of schoolboy Daniel Pelka found dead in prison

January 29, 2016 ·  By Helen Pidd North of England editor for

Daniel Pelka was beaten to death by his mother and stepfather. Photograph: PA

Mariusz Krezolek’s death comes six months after four-year-old’s mother killed herself in jail cell The killer stepfather of schoolboy Daniel Pelka has been found dead in prison six months after his partner and Daniel’s mother, Magdelena Luczak, killed herself in her jail cell. Mariusz Krezolek, who was being held at Full Sutton prison in east […]


Papal envoy calls for ‘third world war’ on poverty

January 29, 2016 ·  By Joe Torres, Cebu City, Philippines for

Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, of Myanmar, papal legate to the IEC 2016, delvers the homily at the openiing mass of the IEC 2016 at the Plaza Independencia in Cebu City, Jan. 24, 2016.

Global hunger is genocide, Cardinal Bo tells eucharistic congress in the Philippines Cardinal Charles Maung Bo of Yangon, Pope Francis’ personal representative to the International Eucharistic Congress in the Philippines, has called on Christians to commit to justice and to devote time to help the poor. “[The] Eucharist calls for a third world war,” the […]


UN: Lack of accountability drives sex abuse in CAR

January 29, 2016 ·  By HUMANITARIAN CRISES for

UN operations have been marred by consistent accusations of sex abuse and exploitation by foreign troops [AP]

UN human rights chief says culture of impunity allows sex abuse to continue as six shocking allegations come to light. The lack of accountability and corrective action by member states on United Nations troops who commit sexual violence in conflict zones has created a culture of impunity, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has […]


Former garbage picker challenges eucharistic congress to help poor

January 29, 2016 ·  By Simone Orendain Catholic News Service for


CEBU, Philippines (CNS) — Maria Georgia “Maggie” Cogtas of Cebu told of a childhood without playing, only tough work as a garbage picker at dumpsites, construction sites and on the streets. Cogtas, 21, also told more than 12,000 people at the 51st International Eucharistic Congress about the massive celebration two weeks ago commemorating the child […]


Philippines abuse: Paedophile Trevor Monk jailed.

January 28, 2016 · 


A paedophile who filmed himself abusing young girls in the Philippines has been jailed for 19-and-a-half years. Trevor Monk, 47, of south-east London, also paid nearly £15,000 to watch child sex abuse in Manila on his webcam. Police found more than 80,000 images and 1,750 indecent videos of children in a raid on his home […]


The world of Nigeria’s sex-trafficking ‘Air Lords’

January 27, 2016 ·  By Magazine for

Last year, the BBC’s Sam Piranty was given access by the Catalan police, Mossos D’Esquadra, to an investigation into a Nigerian sex-trafficking gang. He spoke to traffickers and women rescued from sexual slavery before filming an early morning raid in November, which led to 23 arrests. He also discovered that the gang is now using […]

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