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April, 2017

Maryland bishops join fight against human trafficking

April 7, 2017 ·  By Catholic News Agency for

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Baltimore, Md., Apr 5, 2017 / 06:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Maryland’s bishops united in voicing their concerns over the evils of human trafficking, announcing their sponsorship of a statewide initiative aimed at raising awareness of the issue. “The evil of human trafficking is an international, national and local scourge, and a grave violation of the […]


Chicago police arrest 14-year-old in sex assault on Facebook

April 6, 2017 ·  By Associated Press for


CHICAGO, United States — A 14-year-old boy has been arrested in the sexual assault of a 15-year-old Chicago girl that was streamed live on Facebook and watched by about 40 people who didn’t report it to authorities, police said late Saturday. Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said more arrests were expected as the investigation continued. […]


China ‘abruptly cancels’ Australian delegation’s planned visit after human rights criticism

April 6, 2017 · 

A delegation of federal politicians’ planned visit to China has been abruptly cancelled after Beijing took offence at a human rights petition signed by Australia. The letter from 11 nations — including Canada, Japan and Switzerland — reportedly urged China to investigate disturbing reports of torture against human rights lawyers. It is believed the joint […]


Human Rights Commission accused of ‘betraying’ students who participated in sexual assult survey

April 5, 2017 ·  By Eryk Bagshaw for

Nina Funnell claims the research is "grossly unethical". Photo: Supplied

A survey of thousands is set to unveil widespread instances of sexual harassment on campuses but students will not find out how bad the problem is on their campus after the Australian Human Rights Commission said it would not publicly release data on individual universities. The Commission has also been been accused of “unconscionable research” […]


Duterte’s trust rating dips in March poll

April 5, 2017 ·  By Pia Ranada for

MEASURING TRUST. President Rodrigo Duterte's trust rating dips from December 2016 to March 2017, according to Pulse Asia. Malacañang photo

President Rodrigo Duterte gains more approval and trust from well-to-do Filipinos but appears to be losing trust among the poorest, based on the latest Pulse Asia survey MANILA, Philippines – While President Rodrigo Duterte continues to sustain his popularity among most Filipinos, the results of a new survey show his biggest drop in public trust […]


FACT CHECK: Duterte misinformed that child offenders can just ‘go home’

April 5, 2017 ·  By Camille Elemia for

CRIMINAL LIABILITY. President Rodrigo Duterte pushes for lowering the minimum age of criminal responsibility before 4- to 10-year-old kids. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

The President’s remarks before the boy scouts show he wasn’t aware the Pangilinan Law was amended in 2013, allowing child offenders aged 12 to 15 to be detained in youth centers MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday, April 3, told an audience of mostly 4- to 10-year-old boys that he wants to lower […]


Human Rights Commission defends survey on university sexual assaults

April 5, 2017 ·  By Calla Wahlquist for


Data from individual campuses won’t be published unless individual universities decide to make results public The Australian Human Rights Commission has defended its survey of sexual assault on university campuses against criticism from students and sexual assault survivors, who say they have been let down by the commission’s decision not to publish the full data […]


Brexit: Human rights must form ‘key component of future trade deals’, says Commons report

April 5, 2017 ·  By Ashley Cowburn for

Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Muhammad bin Nayef welcomes British Prime Minister Theresa May in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Reuters

‘We encourage the Government to use the opportunity of Brexit to set higher human rights standards in future trade agreements, to include workable provisions on enforcement, and to undertake human rights impact assessments before agreeing trade agreements’ Human rights must form a key component of any future trade deals after Britain’s exit from the European […]


Europe becomes ‘hub’ for child sexual abuse content

April 4, 2017 ·  By Technology for

Reports about abuse images are up but the number in circulation has not fallen, say experts

urope is becoming the global hub for the hosting of child sexual abuse images and videos, suggests a report. The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) found that 60% of worldwide abuse material was now in Europe – an increase of 19%. The Netherlands topped the list of European nations hosting the illegal content, said the IWF. […]


Viewing of online child abuse images a ‘social emergency’

April 4, 2017 ·  By UK for


The numbers of people viewing online child sex abuse images in the UK amount to a “social emergency”, says the NSPCC. A report by the charity suggests the number of individuals looking at such images could exceed half a million. It is calling for a “robust action plan” to cut off the supply of content. […]

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