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Bangladeshi fruit pickers shot at by Greek farmers win human rights case

March 31, 2017 ·  By Helena Smith for

Migrant workers at a strawberry plantation near the Greek village of Manolada, where scores of workers were shott by foremen in 2013. Photograph: Antonis Nikolopoulos/AP

European court of human rights rules in favour of Bangladeshi migrants over 2013 attack and orders Greece to pay damages The European court of human rights has issued a landmark judgment vindicating a group of migrant strawberry pickers who were shot at by employers for asking for their wages after months of unpaid labour. Ruling […]


April marks Child Abuse Prevention Month

March 28, 2017 ·  By Alex Weaver, Reporter for


It’s a topic that’s extremely important and one that those who work at the Patticake House nonprofit shelter dedicate their lives to. “It is just so important that it gets stopped as soon as possible so a child can begin healing,” said Nancy Brian, Executive Director. April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Ruth’s Cottage […]


Man, 72, arrested over 1980s ‘child abuse’

March 28, 2017 ·  By Jamie McKinnell Australian Associated Press for


A second man has been charged with historical child sex offences allegedly committed in a western Sydney pinball arcade nearly 40 years ago. The 72-year-old was arrested at a Newcastle hospital last month and charged with seven counts of indecently assaulting a boy, police said on Tuesday. Police will allege he sexually assaulted at least […]


Ex-football coach Barry Bennell denies 20 sex offence charges

March 24, 2017 ·  By UK for

Barry Bennell, pictured in 1991, worked at Crewe Alexandra

Former football coach Barry Bennell has pleaded not guilty to 20 charges of historic child sexual abuse against four boys in the 1980s. The 63-year-old appeared via videolink from prison at Chester Crown Court. Mr Bennell had already denied eight of the offences but entered not guilty pleas again as 12 further charges were added. […]


Pope tells young to resist ‘false’ reality of social media

March 24, 2017 ·  By

Pope Francis is warning young people that social media can give people a "false image of reality" (AFP Photo/JUSTIN TALLIS)

Vatican City (AFP) – Pope Francis on Tuesday warned young people to resist the lure of “false” versions of life presented on social media or reality TV shows. Instead, the Internet generation needs to write their own histories, become masters of their destiny and establish real connections with their past, the 80-year-old pontiff says in […]


Germany joins clamor vs bloody war on drugs

March 20, 2017 ·  By Jeannette I. Andrade for


Germany joined a growing list of countries and groups expressing concern over the antidrug campaign of the Philippine government which, to the international community, was focused on putting offenders to death instead of instituting massive reforms that would disable, if not eliminate, the drug menace. Germany’s human rights commissioner cited the passage in the House […]


4 years of Francis. Hummes: “Every reform raises resistances”

March 20, 2017 ·  By ANDRÉS BELTRAMO ÁLVAREZ for

Cardinal Claudio Hummes and Jorge Mario Bergoglio in the Sistine Chapel during the 2013 Conclave

On the anniversary of Bergoglio’s pontificate, an analysis by the Cardinal who whispered to the newly elected Pontiff the famous phrase: “Do not forget the poor!” Some refer to him as one of the “grand electors” of the Argentine Pope. He reacts more modestly and does not accept any merit. Nor he would have ever […]


Abuse survivor challenges Cardinal Müller’s account of abuse reforms

March 20, 2017 ·  By Associated Press for

Member of the anti-pedophilia Pontifical commission, Irish Marie Collins attends a press conference on May 3, 2014 at the Vatican.   AFP PHOTO / TIZIANA FABI        (Photo credit should read TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images)

Marie Collins accuses the Vatican doctrinal chief of ignoring the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors   The clash between a former member of Pope Francis’s sex abuse advisory commission and the Vatican heated up Tuesday, as Marie Collins challenged a top Vatican cardinal over his claims that his office had cooperated with the […]


Pope Francis doesn’t rest on airplanes

March 17, 2017 ·  By Wyatt Massey for


Pope Francis doesn’t rest on airplanes. Rather than take the time to watch in-flight movies, snack on peanuts or take a nap, the pope is known for making headlines at 30,000 feet. When the pope gets on a plane, reporters go on high alert. With direct contact to a pope known for frank honest answers, […]


A 20-year toll: 368 gymnasts allege sexual exploitation

March 17, 2017 ·  By Tim Evans, Mark Alesia and Marisa Kwiatkowski, IndyStar for


A 12-year-old gymnast molested by an Olympic coach during “therapy” sessions. Children as young as 6 secretly photographed nude by coaches. Coaches who slipped a finger inside girls’ leotards.f A coach having almost daily sex with a 14-year-old at one of the country’s most prestigious gyms. No one knows exactly how many children have been […]

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