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Game promoting violence against women banned in Australia

December 9, 2014 · 

Game promoting violence against women banned in Australia The Guardian .   The Australian retail chain Target has removed the controversial video game Grand Theft Auto V from sale in its stores. In a statement on its website, the company claims to have made the decision following feedback from customers, “about the game’s depictions of […]

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US Senate Torture report on Bush era to cause outrage.

December 9, 2014 · 

By Anthony Zurcher Editor, Echo Chambers Senator Diane Feinstein says the US torture report will be released this week The public has yet to see the Senate Intelligence committee report on the rendition, detention and interrogation practices of the George W Bush administration, so its actual contents are currently the province of rumors and leaks.With […]

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Bristol social services failed to protect abused children?

December 8, 2014 · 

Thirteen men, all of Somali origin, have been convicted of the systematic sexual abuse of vulnerable girls as young as 13 in Bristol and officers are investigating claims against 49 other suspects.

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Pope and other religious leaders commit to eradicating human slavery

December 5, 2014 · 

“We [the signers] make this declaration in the name of the victims,” said Francis, who pointed out that human trafficking occurs virtually everywhere, from slums to the world’s wealthiest cities, hidden behind closed doors or in plain sight on streets where women are forced into prostitution.

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Police torture common in PH – Amnesty

December 5, 2014 · 

Father Shay Cullen, founder of the Preda Foundation for human rights based in Olongapo City, said the report was too narrow in its focus and did not go far enough in revealing the truth behind the abuse, ill-treatment and torture of children in government municipal detention centers where they are brought by police and brutalized.

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GOVERNMENT TO INVESTIGATE THE KILLING OF AN ANTI-MINING ACTIVIST IN SAMAR

December 4, 2014 · 

“Justice for the killing of Francisco Canayong. Stop extra-judicial killing”, Philippine Misereor Partnership said in a statement seeking government’s immediate investigation of the killing of an anti-mining activists in Salcedo, Eastern Samar. Canayong, was stabbed to death in broad daylight on 1 May 2012 by an unidentified assailant. He is a known active anti-mining activist opposing the mining operations in Salcedo.

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Why China's churches are full and communist leaders are furious

December 2, 2014 · 

There are now an estimated 100 million plus Christians in the world’s most populous country, with Catholics alone accounting for about 12 million of this number. Many of these are new converts who, eager to fulfill the Great Commission, are busy evangelizing their fellow Chinese citizens. The Chinese Communist Party has been doing some recruiting of its own in recent years, opening its ranks to intellectuals, business owners, and other previously suspect classes – even capitalists! Still, the 86.7 million formal members of this decaying “faith” – most of whom are Communists in name only – are now outnumbered by a growing and vibrant Chinese Christianity.

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slavery in UK report

December 2, 2014 · 

Slavery levels in UK ‘higher than thought’
There could be between 10,000 and 13,000 victims of slavery in the UK, far more than previous estimates, analysis for the Home Office suggests.
Modern slavery victims are said to include women forced into prostitution, “imprisoned” domestic staff and workers in fields, factories and fishing boats.
The figure for 2013 is the first time the government has made an official estimate of the scale of the problem.
The Home Office has launched a strategy to help tackle slavery.

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602 children in sex slavery in UK. Rise

December 2, 2014 · 

Rise in UK trafficking, slavery and exploitation.
The number of people trafficked for slavery or other exploitation in the UK has risen sharply to more than 2,700, the National Crime Agency (NCA) says.

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The rise includes people lured to the country after meeting people via online dating or job recruitment sites.

Romania remains the most likely country of origin for victims, followed by Poland and the UK.The NCA says trafficking does not have to involve crossing international borders.

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"I will show you no Mercy" Judge says. Seven convicted for child rape.

December 2, 2014 · 

Seven men who were in a gang which raped and abused girls in Bristol UK have been jailed for up to 11 years.

Four teenage girls were abused by the men, who are of Somali heritage, Bristol Crown Court was told.

Victims were told it was part of the men’s “culture and tradition” and “men always have sex with each other’s girlfriends”.

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