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The Situation of Women in the World

March 9, 2017 · 


Highlights from the UN Report The Beijing Platform, a world conference on Women’s rights had the following goal. “Seeks to promote and protect the full enjoyment of all human rights and the fundamental freedoms of all women throughout their life cycle.” Beijing Declaration Since then there have been some progress but it is still a […]


Singapore anger at ‘too lenient’ child sex sentence

March 9, 2017 ·  By Asia for

US Mixed Martial Arts instructor Joshua Robinson was jailed four years on child sexual assault charges, a sentence being criticised by Singaporeans for being too light

There is public anger in Singapore over what is seen as a too lenient sentence for a US child sex offender. US Mixed Martial Arts instructor Joshua Robinson, 39, was jailed for four years last week for having sex with two teenage girls and filming the acts. Officers also seized thousands of illegal pornographic films […]


Prolific paedophile Mark Frost admits to abuse in UK and Asia

March 9, 2017 ·  By UK for

Mark Frost was extradited from Spain last year

A prolific paedophile faces years in jail after admitting to 45 sex offences against children in the UK and abroad. Retired English teacher Mark Frost, 70, admitted abusing nine children in Thailand between 2009 and 2012. He pleaded guilty to 23 charges at the Old Bailey after admitting 22 charges last year. Six of the […]


Australian Catholic Church has abused thousands of children, inquiry finds

March 8, 2017 ·  By Rachel Roberts for

The inquiry found that seven per cent of Catholic priests were actively abusing children in Australia over more than half a century Joe Raedle/Getty Images

‘We hang our heads in shame’ says Francis Sullivan, head of the Catholic Church’s Truth, Justice and Healing Council The Australian Catholic Church was accused of giving “God a bad name” as it emerged that seven per cent of its priests had been accused of abuse between 1950 and 2010, but few cases were ever […]


UK Border Force ‘failing to identify thousands of modern slavery victims’

March 6, 2017 ·  By Alan Travis for

The report says that Border Force identified and convicted just one suspected trafficker in 2014 and one in 2015/16. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo

Report by two official watchdogs finds ‘significant failings’ at agency responsible for targeting traffickers and identifying victims The UK Border Force is “missing thousands of victims of modern slavery at our borders” and identified and convicted only one trafficker last year, according to a damning inquiry report by two official watchdogs. The “significant failings” by […]


Father admits manslaughter of three-year-old daughter who suffered sex abuse so violent she bled in nappies

March 6, 2017 ·  By Peter Walker for

Kyhesha-Lee Joughin's grandfather said 'we just want closure' 9News

A father has admitted the manslaughter of his three-year-old daughter who suffered sexual abuse so violent that she bled in her nappies. Matthew Lee Williamson pleaded guilty on the grounds he did not seek medical attention for Kyhesha-Lee Joughin in the fortnight before her death. The Brisbane Supreme Court in Australia has heard how she […]


Forced smiles mask pain of Hong Kong’s trafficked bar girls from PHL

March 2, 2017 ·  By SYLVIA YU, Thomson Reuters Foundation for


HONG KONG – As she smiles at customers and makes small talk with regulars in a Hong Kong bar, Kat’s every move is being watched by an older woman, a pimp who answers to the name “Mama-san.” The 23-year-old from the Philippines has been forced to sell sex for Mama-san and her organized crime network […]


Understanding Francis

March 1, 2017 ·  By Cardinal Vincent Nichols for


Two words are at the heart of the Pope’s drive to reform the Church: accompaniment and discernment. And they are key to understanding the document at the centre of increasingly heated debate, Amoris Laetitia Pope Francis has made it clear what he wants to achieve in and for the Church. In his apostolic letter, Misericordia […]


Famed child advocate to receive prestigious human rights prize

February 24, 2017 ·  By MARTIN BARILLAS for

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The Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt in Bavaria will award its Shalom prize to Rev. Shay Cullen, a co-founder of PREDA — a nonprofit based in The Philippines that advocates the welfare of children. The Justice and Peace group at the private university has awarded the Shalom prize ever since 1982 in recognition of extraordinary achievements […]


Fruit and veg: For a longer life eat 10-a-day

February 24, 2017 ·  By James Gallagher for


Eating loads of fruit and vegetables – 10 portions a day – may give us longer lives, say researchers. The study, by Imperial College London, calculated such eating habits could prevent 7.8 million premature deaths each year. The team also identified specific fruit and veg that reduced the risk of cancer and heart disease. The […]

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