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Bishops face sack for mishandling abuse under papal plans

June 6, 2016 ·  By Europe for


Pope Francis has approved measures to sack bishops who mishandle child sexual abuse cases, a papal decree says. Bishops who are “negligent” in dealing with priests committing abuse will be removed under the new legal procedures. The decree comes in response to long-running demands by abuse victims and their supporters to hold bishops accountable if […]


5 dead as street executions start

June 6, 2016 ·  By Carla P. Gomez, Joel Franco, Nestor P. Burgos Jr. for

AT THE wake of suspected drug lord Rowen Secretaria in Banacon Island, Genafe town in Bohol province, a girl, who saw the police raid on Secretaria’s house, demonstrates how law enforcers shot Secretaria. TONEE DESPOJO/CEBU DAILY NEWS

Gunmen carry out Duterte-inspired killings of suspects in 3 provinces ILOILO CITY—Five bodies in three provinces in three days. Five men, including a lawyer, fell victims to what appear to be cases of summary execution in Iloilo, Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental from Thursday to Saturday. The killings came as President-elect Rodrigo Duterte, who told […]


OCEANIA/AUSTRALIA – Slaves of modern times: 10 million more in the world compared to 2015

June 2, 2016 ·  By


Minderoo (Agenzia Fides) – About 46 million people, including millions of children, are currently living in conditions of modern slavery. This is what was highlighted in a study released by the Australian Foundation Walk Free sent to Agenzia Fides. The appalling figure involves 167 Countries, India tops the list. The phenomenon includes human trafficking, forced […]


Richard Huckle faces life sentences for Malaysia child abuse

June 2, 2016 ·  By UK for


A British man is facing multiple life sentences for numerous sex crimes against Malaysian children which he boasted about on the “dark web”. Richard Huckle, 30, from Ashford in Kent, admitted the offences against victims aged between six months and 12 years, from 2006 to 2014. It is believed Huckle abused up to 200 children. […]


PHILIPPINES Duterte on killings: Corrupt journalists asked for it

June 2, 2016 ·  By Agence France-Presse for

DUTERTE. Philippines' President-elect Rodrigo Duterte (C) talks to Cabinet members during a press conference in the southern Philippine city of Davao on May 31, 2016. Photo by King Rodriguez/Davao City Mayor's Office/AFP

The foul-mouthed politician launches a series of post-election tirades against criminals and repeats his vows to kill them – particularly drug traffickers, rapists and murderers DAVAO, Philippines – Philippine president-elect Rodrigo Duterte said on Tuesday, May 31, that corrupt journalists were legitimate targets of assassination, as he amped up his anti-crime crusade with bounty offers […]


Human trafficking is a time bomb ticking away in Europe

June 2, 2016 ·  By Grainne Kenny for


The public are complacent assuming that this happens elsewhere, and it’s ‘not our problem’. The truth is that it is everyone’s problem when children and other vulnerable people are subjected to inhumane practices by criminal elements. Romanian children and other vulnerable people in the world are equally entitled to their human and civil rights being […]


Women in India want national policy for rape survivors

May 30, 2016 ·  By Ritu Sharma, New Delhi for

The mother of an Indian girl who was raped and set on fire cries out during her daughter's funeral in Greater Noida near the Indian capital New Delhi on March 9.

This is an urgent need because of the growing incidents of sexual offences, says Catholic nun Women activists in India have welcomed the Supreme Court directing the federal government to come up with a national policy for the rehabilitation of rape survivors. “There has been no policy in the past and nothing in the present,” […]


Indonesian church officials criticize sexual offenders law

May 30, 2016 ·  By Katharina R. Lestari, Jakarta for

This picture taken on April 19, shows gang rape and murder suspects of a 14-year old girl at the police headquarters in Curup, Bengkulu. Indonesian President Joko Widodo announced harsher punishments for sexual offenders who prey on children, including chemical castration. (Photo by AFP)

Chemical castration is cruel and unusual punishment, they say Indonesian church officials said a decree signed by President Joko Widodo allowing chemical castration for sex offenders who prey on children was unnecessary. President Widodo signed on May 25 the new regulation, which also requires parolees to wear electronic monitoring devices. The new regulations came in […]


Cancer risk to kids from cannabis use

May 25, 2016 ·  By Cathy O’Leary - The West Australian for

University of WA scientists found cannabis alters a person’s DNA structure.

WA researchers have warned that cannabis use causes genetic mutations that can be passed on to children and grandchildren. University of WA scientists found cannabis alters a person’s DNA structure, potentially exposing future generations to serious illnesses and diseases such as cancer. They said the implications for future generations had not been understood and were […]


Brazil bars Australian swim coach from Olympics over sex abuse claims

May 24, 2016 ·  By Agence France-Presse for

OLYMPIC DECISION. Brazilian officials decided that former Australian national women's coach Scott Volkers will not be welcome to participate in the Rio Games. File photo by Alexandro Vlachos/EPA

The Brazilian Olympic Committee has barred an Australian swim coach from participating in the Rio Games after accusations he sexually abused teenage girls RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – The Brazilian Olympic Committee has barred an Australian swim coach who works in Brazil from participating in the Rio Games after accusations he sexually abused teenage girls, […]

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