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Amnesty International criticizes Vatican over abuse

Catholic World News - May 17, 2011

In its newly released 2011 annual report on human rights, Amnesty International criticized the Holy See for “not sufficiently comply[ing] with its international obligations relating to the protection of children.” The Holy See is a signatory of the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child--a treaty which most nations have signed, but which the US Senate has not ratified.

“Increasing evidence of widespread child sexual abuse committed by members of the clergy over the past decades, and of the enduring failure of the Catholic Church to address these crimes properly, continued to emerge in various countries,” the report stated. “Such failures included not removing alleged perpetrators from their posts pending proper investigations, not co-operating with judicial authorities to bring them to justice and not ensuring proper reparation to victims.”

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