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God bless the poor God bless the victims of injustice

September 4, 2012 ·  By Belinda Parrenas, Holy Family

I was touched by the article of Father Shay Cullen entitled, Helping others directs us on our path to happiness (Mabuhay, June 10), especially where he wrote, “To believe in justice, but not to help victims is hypocrisy.” In other words, intelligence is nothing unless it is exercised and there is no point teaching about […]


Paedophile's accomplice and former wife released from prison early

August 29, 2012 ·  , Ian Traynor Brussels

 The accomplice and former wife of a Belgian paedophile and murderer has been allowed to go free after serving half her sentence for involvement in child abductions, rapes and murders that plunged the national judicial system into crisis. Michelle Martin, the former wife of Marc Dutroux, who received a 30-year sentence for aiding and abetting […]


Obstacles concerning access to justice and protection for indigenous people

August 29, 2012 ·  , by the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC)

HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Twenty-first session, Agenda Item 3, half-day discussion on indigenous peoples: access to Justice A written statement submitted by the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), a non-governmental organisation with general consultative status The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) welcomes the range of reports concerning the human rights of indigenous people during the upcoming […]


Prostitution in the Philippines – a time for change

July 30, 2012 ·  By Fr James McTavish, FMVD

More than ever before, prostitution has become institutionalized, organized, and globalized (i.e. through trafficking and the internet). If we look at the streets around us we see the explosion in budget hotels which are so clean but not so good, the all pervasive sight of girly bars and the numerous high class clubs and establishments […]



July 24, 2012 ·  ,

Romeo Olea,  Gerardo Ortegas  and Dennis Cuesta, murdered in defense of  truth. AS WRITERS JOURNALISTS AND INTERNET COMMUNICATORS WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO WITNESS TO THE THE TRUTH ,INTEGRITY,HUMAN RIGHTS AND JUSTICE. Reclaiming communication for life, justice and peace (WCC via CNUA) Statement from the International Consultation on the Theme of the World Council of […]


New Zealanders Call for Justice for Murdered Dutch Missionary

July 9, 2012 ·  , Walker, Cameron. July 7, 2012. "New Zealanders Call for Justice for Murdered Dutch Missionary".

We mourn with the Filipino and Dutch people the loss of a great man who dedicated more than half his lifetime serving the indigenous peoples and peasants whose rights to land and livelihood have been constantly attacked by mining, landgrabbing and destructive business-government projects in Central Luzon. Today we climb up the peak of Mt […]


Campaign to stop rape and gender violence in conflict

July 3, 2012 ·  , JRS, 28 June 2012, "Campaign to stop rape and gender violence in conflict",

Earlier this month, Jesuit Refugee Service officially signed on as a member of the latest civil society coalition, the International Campaign to Stop Rape and Gender Violence in Conflict. Large numbers of refugees and internally displaced persons suffer sexual- and gender based violence in their homes, while they flee and once they arrive in their […]


Report Details History of Abuse in Australian Military

June 28, 2012 ·  By Matt Siegel,

SYDNEY, Australia — newly released documents detail numerous cases of physical and sexual abuse of minors in Australia’s armed forces dating back to the 1950s, prompting Prime Minister Julia Gillard on Friday to raise the possibility of a high-level public inquiry.  The cases are described in a confidential report commissioned by the Australian military last year and […]


Cebu City outlaws corporal punishment of children

June 28, 2012 ·  By Doris C. Bongcac, Inquirer Visayas

CEBU CITY, Philippines—just pinching a child’s ear is now prohibited in Cebu City. The Cebu City Council passed on Wednesday an ordinance that prohibits parents, guardians, relatives, teachers, nannies and househelp from inflicting pain or causing humiliation in disciplining children under their care. Among the acts prohibited by the ordinance are shaving of a child’s […]


AUSTRALIA : Sex sells but we are selling out our children

June 25, 2012 ·  By Melinda Tankard Reist

Ever feel like you’re living in a giant porn theme park? Billboards dominate public space with hyper-sexualised messages. Buses are painted with semi-naked women. There are pole-dancing themes in shop-fronts, porn mags next to the lollies at the petrol station counter, T-shirts in youth surf shops depicting S&M and Playboy bunnies on everything from girls  […]

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