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Fury over Myanmar military’s Rohingya mass killing

January 16, 2018 ·  By Stephan Uttom and Rock Ronald Rozario, Dhaka Bangladesh for www.ucanews.com

Osman Gani, 53, a Rohingya from the Buthidaung area of Rakhine who is living in Kutupalong refugee camp, speaks about military atrocities against Rohingya on Dec. 6, 2017. (Photo by Stephan Uttom/ucanews.com)

Admission of atrocity sparks call for a full inquiry and for senior officers to be brought to justice The Myanmar military’s admission of a mass killing of Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State has sparked fury and demands for a proper probe and justice from refugees, rights activists and Church officials in Bangladesh. On Jan. 10, […]

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A 7-year-old Pakistani girl was raped, strangled and left in a dumpster

January 15, 2018 ·  By Amanda Erickson for www.washingtonpost.com

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Muslim custom decrees that the dead must be buried almost immediately. But the father of 7-year-old Zainab, who was raped and strangled last week, says he won’t bury her until her killer is found and punished. “We will not bury her until we get justice,” he told reporters. “We are now afraid of letting our […]

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Wales smacking ban plan goes to public consultation

January 12, 2018 · 

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Plans to outlaw smacking children in Wales are going out to a three-month consultation. Ministers said removing the defence of reasonable punishment would make it clear smacking was “no longer acceptable”. Charities including the NSPCC said this would bring Wales in line with dozens of other countries. But campaigners against the law fear it could […]

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‘Violent Scotland’ comment in 2002 smacking ban discussions

January 12, 2018 · 

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Official papers have revealed that a deputy first minister told colleagues that Scotland was a “violent country” over plans for a ban on smacking. The newly released documents, dating from 2002, detail cabinet discussions on the issue involving Jim Wallace. He told ministers that by international standards, Scotland was violent and “if we want to […]

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Unicef says scale of attacks on children in conflicts is shocking

January 12, 2018 ·  By www.bbc.com

This child was one of many who fled fighting near Mosul, Iraq, in 2017

The UN children’s fund says the scale of attacks on children in the world’s conflict zones reached “shocking” levels in 2017. In a new report, Unicef said there was widespread and blatant disregard for international laws designed to protect the most vulnerable. Unicef director Manuel Fontaine said children were being targeted in their homes, schools […]

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Father Cullen recognised

January 11, 2018 ·  By Sunday Examiner

Father Shay Cullen has been recognised many times for his work for human rights

KERKRADE (SE): Regular columnist for the Sunday Examiner and longtime advocate for the rights of children, indigenous people and the abused, Father Shay Cullen, was presented with the Martin Buber Plaque Award in recognition of his work at a ceremony in Kerkrade as part of the International Festival of Dialogue in the Netherlands on November […]

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IPHONE: APPLE SHAREHOLDERS URGE COMPANY TO TAKE ACTION OVER CHILDREN’S SMARTPHONE ADDICTION

January 11, 2018 ·  By ANDREW GRIFFIN for www.independent.co.uk

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Apple has been told to take urgent action to curb children’s smartphone addiction, amid fears that technology could be damaging the young generation. The warning from two shareholders comes amid increasing concerns about how gadgets and social media could affect the young children who use them, many of whom are attached to their phones for […]

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Pope Francis invites new mothers to breastfeed in the Sistine Chapel during baptism ceremony

January 11, 2018 ·  By Philip Pullella for www.independent.co.uk

Pope Francis baptises a child during the ceremony at the Sistine Chapel Reuters

‘Breastfeed them. Don’t be afraid, because this too is the language of love,’ pontiff tells parents of newborns at service Pope Francis told new mothers they should feel free to breastfeed their babies in the Sistine Chapel if they felt hungry. The pope baptised 34 infants during in a ceremony that lasted more than two […]

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Death of girl, 5, sparks calls for more help for Hong Kong schools in tackling child abuse cases

January 10, 2018 ·  By Peace Chiu for www.scmp.com

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Government guidelines on how to handle abuse cases are not clear enough, says chairman of Hong Kong Aided Primary School Heads Association Representatives from a school principals’ association and a social worker group have called for more help from the Hong Kong government, such as clearer guidelines and training for staff, following the shocking revelations […]

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One in ten girls sexually abused as teens: report

January 10, 2018 ·  By NTB/The Local for www.thelocal.no

File photo: Heiko Junge/NTB Scanpix

Ten percent of Norwegian women claim to have been sexually abused before the age of 16, according to an “alarming” new report from the University of Bergen. A quarter of the women selected at random for the study, all aged 18-80, said they had been subjected to “sexually offensive conduct” before turning 16, newspaper Dagsavisen […]

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