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July, 2017

Feltham boy’s solitary confinement breached human rights

July 6, 2017 ·  By UK for

Feltham houses young male offenders aged between 15 and 18

A 16-year-old boy’s human rights were breached by his being kept in solitary confinement for 23-and-a-half hours a day, a judge has ruled. The High Court said the boy, who is referred to as AB, was unlawfully denied access to education and the ability to mix with other inmates. But it rejected claims his treatment […]


Forest destroyed after Lopez fired

July 6, 2017 ·  By Sunday Examiner's Newspaper

Secretary Regina Lopez of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) during press conference at the DENR office on Thursday. Photo by: JOEL LIPORADA Read More...

Martial law a coup for vested interests

July 6, 2017 ·  By Sunday Examiner's Newspaper

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Pope removes German cardinal as sex abuse crisis catches up

July 6, 2017 ·  By Nicole Winfield | AP for

Pope Francis leaves with his butler Sandro Mariotti, at the end of a special mass for Roman holiday of St. Peter and St. Paul in St. Peter’s square at the Vatican, Thursday, June 29, 2017. (Gregorio Borgia/Associated Press)

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis sacked the head of the Vatican office that handles sex abuse cases Saturday, just days after he released another top Vatican cardinal to return home to stand trial for alleged sexual assault. The developments underscored how the Catholic Church’s sex abuse crisis has caught up with Francis, threatening to tarnish […]


The State Department just released its human trafficking report. Here’s why it matters.

July 5, 2017 ·  By Judith Kelley for

The ratings in the 2017 TIP report.
Graphic by Andrew Heiss.

The State Department has released its annual Trafficking in Persons report on human trafficking. The big headline was that China was downgraded to Tier 3, the lowest ranking, suggesting that the Trump administration had decided to rebuke China by grouping it with the likes of Syria, Iran and North Korea. The report grades countries on […]


Lower age of criminal liability? Here’s why psychologists are against it

July 5, 2017 ·  By Jee Y. Geronimo for


‘The label of ‘criminal’ shapes [children’s] sense of self and makes it likely that they will imbibe a criminal identity,’ says developmental psychologist Liane Peña Alampay MANILA, Philippines – “Mas advanced na tayo ngayon in terms of discernment. Bakit kailangan nating i-akyat ‘yan (Now we’re more advanced in terms of discernment. Why do we have […]


Brain surgeon charged with child sex abuse gives up license

July 5, 2017 ·  By Associated Press for

This undated file photo provided by the Watsonville Police Department shows Dr. James Kohut. Authorities said the former brain surgeon charged with raping kids in Northern California sought to impregnate women to have sex with their children.  AP

SAN FRANCISCO, United States — A California brain surgeon has agreed to give up his state medical license while he faces charges of sexually abusing children. Dr. James Kohut agreed to the suspension, electronic monitoring and staying off the internet in addition to other conditions in exchange for bail, according to court documents. A judge […]


Black girls are seen as ‘less innocent’ than white girls, study finds

July 5, 2017 ·  By


Adults perceive black girls as less innocent and more adult-like than white ones, a new study found. The Georgetown Law report, Girlhood Interrupted: The Erasure of Black Girls’ Childhood, expands on a 2014 study on adult perceptions of black boys. But the new study differs in how it examines adults’ views of black girls and […]


Safe from harm: Tackling online child sexual abuse in the Philippines

July 4, 2017 ·  By Andy Brown for


The Philippines has become the global epicentre of the live stream sexual abuse trade, and many of the victims are children. In the slums of Manila, a police raid of a child sexual exploitation operation illuminates the challenges the country faces in protecting vulnerable children and prosecuting their abusers. As stated by the UN Convention […]


Press Release: One year Rodrigo Duterte – A dark chapter for human rights?

July 4, 2017 ·  By Kim Dominik Hammann


Manila, 30th June, 2017. A year has passed since Rodrigo Duterte was elected as the president of the Philippines and sworn into office. Considering the 12 months following Duterte’s election, it has not been a good year for human rights in the Philippines. What hopes remained that the rhetoric of Duterte’s election campaign scorning human […]

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