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July, 2017

Rio’s Valongo slave wharf becomes Unesco heritage site

July 11, 2017 ·  By Latin America & Caribbean for

The old stone wharf is now inland, after successive land reclamation projects in Rio

A wharf in Rio de Janeiro where nearly a million African slaves are estimated to have landed has been declared a World Heritage site by the UN cultural organisation, Unesco. The Valongo wharf operated for three centuries and became the biggest entry point for African slaves in Brazil. Its remains were discovered during renovation work […]


Bad blood between Japan and Korea persists

July 11, 2017 ·  By Asia for

The statue of a Comfort Woman stands as a constant sign of protest

In August the countries around the Pacific will mark the 70th anniversary of Japan’s surrender to end the Second World War – and already that anniversary is re-opening old wounds. If you doubt the strength of feeling that still exists against Japan, just go to the Japanese embassy in the South Korean capital. All embassies […]


‘Comfort women’: Researchers claim first known film

July 11, 2017 ·  By Asia for

The issue has long been a strain on ties between South Korea and Japan

South Korea has released what it says is the first known footage of “comfort women” forced to work as sex slaves for Japanese soldiers during World War Two. Filmed by US troops in China, the clip was found by government-funded researchers at Seoul National University in US archives. The 18-second clip shows several women lined […]


El Salvador teen rape victim sentenced to 30 years in prison after stillbirth

July 10, 2017 ·  By Nina Lakhani for

Salvadoran women take part in a demonstration to demand the decriminalisation of abortion in San Salvador on 23 February 2017. Photograph: Marvin Recinos/AFP/Getty Images

A high school student was convicted on the grounds that failing to seek antenatal care amounted to murder, after giving birth in a bathroom in 2016 Evelyn Beatriz Hernandez Cruz, 19, from a small rural community in Cuscatlán, eastern El Salvador, was convicted on the grounds that failing to seek antenatal care amounted to murder. […]


Untreatable gonorrhoea ‘superbug’ spreading around world, WHO warns

July 10, 2017 ·  By James Rudd and agencies for

The WHO estimates 78 million people a year get gonorrhoea, an STD that can infect the genitals, rectum and throat. Photograph: Dr. David M. Phillips/Getty Images/Visuals Unlimited

World Health Organization tells of ‘very serious situation’ after confirming three known cases where all antibiotics were ineffective Untreatable strains of gonorrhoea are on the rise, the World Health Organization has warned, fuelling fears that last-resort drugs will soon be futile after three confirmed cases in which antibiotics were ineffective. Gonorrhoea is the second most […]


Secretary of State Tillerson “Some of the Most Devastating Examples of Sex Trafficking are Brought on by Authority Figures”

July 10, 2017 ·  By Jon Robberson for

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said this week that some of the most devastating examples of sex trafficking are brought on by authority figures that should be working to protect members of society especially the most vulnerable such as children. Unfortunately, when most people think about the business of kids being sold as sex slaves […]


Davao archbishop is new CBCP president

July 10, 2017 ·  By Julie M. Aurelio - @inquirerdotnet for

Then presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte visits Davao City Archbishop Romulo Valles in his residence. Photo taken on Dec. 4, 2015. —PHOTO FROM BONG GO’S FACEBOOK ACCOUNT

Davao has just contributed another president to the country, a development that could mean better relations between the Church and the current administration. Aside from former Davao City Mayor, now President Rodrigo Duterte, another luminary from Davao is its archbishop, Romulo Valles, who has been elected president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines […]


Criminalizing Children in Jails

July 7, 2017 · 


 Criminalizing Children in Jails Fr. Shay Cullen 7 July 2017 If you are able to visit the child detention centers in Metro Manila and other places in the Philippines, you will see the gaunt young faces of bored, frightened, malnourished 10- to 16-year old boys and girls looking out sadly depressed through steel bars. They […]


Call for a ban on child sex robots

July 7, 2017 ·  By Jane Wakefield, Technology Reporter for

Abyss makes dolls for clients around the world, but does not release figures on how many it sells

There should be a ban on the import of sex robots designed to look like children, the author of a new report into the phenomenon has said. Prof Noel Sharkey said that society as a whole needed to consider the impact of all types of sex robots. His Foundation for Responsible Robotics has conducted a […]


Horror story of child abuse *

July 6, 2017 ·  By Gyasi Gonzales for

troubled home: The house in which the abused child lives in at Nicholas Street, Warrenville, Guaico.

RELATIVES of a 40-year-old woman seen on a cellphone video mercilessly beating her child with a handbag said they had reported her to the police five times before but she only got questioned then detained after they released the footage on social media. The mother of eight remained in custody up to last night after […]

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