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February, 2017

Hear the Cries of Victims of Sexual Abuse

February 10, 2017 · 


Hear the Cries of Victims of Sexual Abuse Shay Cullen 10 February 2017 The shocking and almost unbelievable disclosures in recent years throughout the developed world and most recently in Australia at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse leave people shocked and staggering at the revelations. The enquiry is looking into […]


Collaboration boosts sisters’ anti-trafficking efforts

February 10, 2017 ·  By Michele Morek for

Sr. Patricia Ebegbulem, right, with Blessing, a victim of human trafficking at Bakhita Villa in Lagos, Nigeria. GSR has opted not to show Blessing's face to protect her privacy. (Provided photo)

• There are 17 regional Talitha Kum member networks in over 70 countries and on five continents. Find your regional and national network here. A woman code-named “Blessing,” a Nigerian victim of human trafficking, was working as a prostitute on the streets of Italy in the fall when police arrested her and took her to […]


Report into Jehovah’s Witness organisations released

February 10, 2017 ·  By


The Royal Commission’s report of Case Study 29: The response of the Jehovah’s Witnesses and Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of Australia Ltd to allegations of child sexual abuse was released today. The report follows a public hearing held in Sydney in July and August 2015 which examined the experience of two survivors of child […]


Palace, Cabinet intervene in mine closure, suspension orders

February 10, 2017 ·  By


The backlash from the controversial closure and suspension orders by Environment and Natural Resources Gina Lopez against supposedly erring mining companies has prompted Malacañang to intervene, backed by the Cabinet, the Palace said in a statement. “Members of the Cabinet have expressed their full support behind President Duterte’s decision to observe due process before implementing […]


Ex-Colombian president to Duterte: ‘You’re repeating my mistakes’

February 10, 2017 ·  By VJ Bacungan, CNN Philippines for


Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The former President of a country notorious for its illegal drug cartels is warning President Rodrigo Duterte that his war on drugs will likely backfire. “Throwing more soldiers and police at the drug users is not just a waste of money but also can actually make the problem worse,” said […]


Jehovah’s Witnesses did not protect children from abuse, inquiry finds

February 9, 2017 ·  By Australian Associated Press for

Justice Peter McClellan and commissioner Helen Milroy in July 2015 at the commission’s public hearing into allegations of child sexual abuse in the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Photograph: Jeremy Piper/AAP

Organisation relies on old policies, including a two-witness rule, and has weak internal sanctions that leave perpetrators at large, says royal commission Children are not adequately protected from the risk of sexual abuse in the Jehovah’s Witnesses, a royal commission into child sexual abuse in Australia has found. The organisation relies on outdated policies and […]


Child abuse: Documenting Australia’s shame

February 8, 2017 ·  By Australia for


In Australia, a boy of 10 is raped by an Anglican clergyman, who cuts his victim with a small knife and smears blood over his back in a twisted ritual to symbolise the suffering of Christ. This happened in the 1960s in Cessnock, a former mining town in the New South Wales Hunter Valley, but […]


Up to 13,000 secretly hanged in Syrian jail, says Amnesty

February 8, 2017 ·  By Martin Chulov for


Thousands of other opponents of Assad died from torture and starvation at Saydnaya prison, witness reports suggest As many as 13,000 opponents of Bashar al-Assad were secretly hanged in one of Syria’s most infamous prisons in the first five years of the country’s civil war as part of an extermination policy ordered by the highest […]


Bishop’s Letter

February 7, 2017 ·  By


MANILA, Philippines — The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on Sunday expressed opposition to the drug-related killings in the country. In a pastoral statement dated Jan. 30, 2017, CBCP President Archbishop Socrates Villegas, said the bishops are deeply concerned about the rising number of drug-related killings. He called on Filipinos and the faithful […]


End the Slavery: PREDA invites you to act for justice

February 7, 2017 · 


The International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking – Feb. 8th CMF 1. Opening prayer – God our Father, You have created all of us as your children. We are also members of the body of your son Jesus. Today we remember our sisters and brothers who are made slaves. Expel the darkness […]

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