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Over 300 human rights activists killed in 2017, says report

January 5, 2018 ·  By arah Burns for www.irishtimes.com

Front Line Defenders said female human rights defenders in particular are increasingly reporting “hyper-sexualised smear campaigns and defamation” which aim to limit their activism by eroding local support networks. File photograph: Getty Images

80% of killings occurred in four countries – Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and the Philippines There were 312 human rights defenders killed in 27 countries last year, according to a new report. Two-thirds of those killed were activists working on issues of land, environmental and indigenous peoples’ rights, while 80 per cent of killings took place […]

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Poplar Bluff man arrested for child abuse

January 4, 2018 ·  By KEVIN S. HELD for fox2now.com

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POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. – A 27-year-old Poplar Bluff was arrested and charged for allegedly beating his live-in girlfriend’s 6-year-old daughter. According to Captain JR Keirsey, a spokesman for the Poplar Bluff Police Department, the incident happened January 2 at a home in the 800 block of Hart Street. The Butler County Ambulance Service responded to […]

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Police say Lancaster girl, 3, was beaten to death; dad’s girlfriend charged

January 4, 2018 ·  By ANDREW DYS for www.heraldonline.com

Kayla Cook Lancaster Police Department

LANCASTER – Police in Lancaster have charged a woman with homicide by child abuse in the December death of a 3-year-old girl whom authorities say suffered a fatal head beating. Kayla Cook, 25, was arrested Dec. 29 in Cleveland County, N.C., and transported back to Lancaster Tuesday, said Chief Scott Grant of Lancaster Police Department. […]

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This year’s horror child abuse cases

January 3, 2018 ·  By ZELDA VENTER for www.iol.co.za

Anna Mahlangu, 64, was sentenced to 15 years for murdering her 13-year-old foster child by setting her alight. Picture: Rudzani Matshili

Pretoria – The Gauteng High Court, Pretoria, hears many murder and assault trials, but what stood out this year was the high number of cases involving child abuse and murder where those in the dock are the very people supposed to care for and nurture the little ones. In the headline-grabbing case of Poppie van […]

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Plans to prevent paedophiles from travelling abroad to be unveiled

January 3, 2018 ·  By Ed Carty, Press Association for www.irishnews.com

The move would stop sex offenders from travelling abroad

Proposed new laws to ban paedophiles and sex offenders from foreign travel are to be unveiled in the Republic in the new year. Plans to radically expand the passport “stop list” have been drafted after four-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee Father Shay Cullen called on western governments to stop rampant sex tourism. Fr Cullen, who […]

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US officer plunges into frozen pond to rescue boy

January 3, 2018 ·  By www.bbc.com

Sgt Aaron Thompson found the boy floating beneath the ice

A US police officer has told how he broke through the ice on a frozen pond and jumped in to rescue an eight-year-old boy on Christmas Day. Sgt Aaron Thompson was called to the pond in New Harmony, Utah, after reports that the child had fallen in while chasing his dog. He told a news […]

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Syria child evacuees may be used as bargaining chips, UN warns

January 2, 2018 ·  By www.bbc.com

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A senior UN official says he fears children waiting to be evacuated from the besieged rebel-held Eastern Ghouta area near the Syrian capital, Damascus, are being used as bargaining chips. The UN’s humanitarian co-ordinator, Jan Egeland, told the BBC he believed that rebels had agreed to free government workers in exchange for the children. Another […]

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Unicef says scale of attacks on children in conflicts is shocking

January 2, 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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TRAVEL BAN: Radical new laws to ban paedophiles and sex offenders from foreign travel are to be unveiled in new year

January 2, 2018 ·  By Ed Carty for www.thesun.ie

Four-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee Father Shay Cullen

Plans to expand the passport “stop list” have been drafted to stop sex tourism. Four-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee Father Shay Cullen, who has been rescuing street children in the Philippines since 1974, said paedophiles should be barred from going overseas in the same way as suspected terrorists. The Dublin-born priest said: “I expect the […]

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Plans to prevent paedophiles from travelling abroad to be unveiled in new year

December 29, 2017 ·  By www.independent.ie

Plans to prevent paedophiles from travelling abroad to be unveiled in new year

Proposed new laws to ban paedophiles and sex offenders from foreign travel are to be unveiled in the new year. Plans to radically expand the passport “stop list” have been drafted after four-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee Father Shay Cullen called on western governments to stop rampant sex tourism. Fr Cullen, who has been rescuing […]

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