Posts tagged as abuse

Lithuania’s health vice minister resigns following abuse of office suspicions

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Lithuania’s Deputy Health Minister Lina Jaruševičienė, who has been named a suspect in an abuse of office investigation, handed in her resignation letter on Monday, the health minister’s spokeswoman said. “Today, Vice Minister Lina Jaruševičienė came to the Ministry of Health and handed in her resignation letter. The request was registered. Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga will satisfy this request when he returns from vacation on Friday,” Lina Bušinskaitė, the spokeswoman,…

The dark side of scrolling. Abuse of children gets platform on social media

By Augustinas Šulija on Friday, July 31, 2020

Reports about illegal and harmful content on the internet increased substantially in Lithuania this year. Social networks like Instagram are the new hunting grounds for child abusers, observers warn. Sofia, an artist and designer in her late 20s based in Spain, was calmly scrolling through her Instagram feed, when a shocking picture of a child posing as an adult model appeared on her phone screen. “It was an 8-year-old boy…

French court considers cardinal’s appeal in sex abuse case

Thursday, November 28, 2019

A French cardinal’s career is at stake as he appears Thursday in an appeals court that will decide whether to uphold his conviction for covering up sexual abuse of children. Cardinal Philippe Barbarin tried to resign after the original conviction in March for failing to report a predator priest to police. But Pope Francis refused to accept the resignation until the appeals process is complete. Barbarin, the archbishop of Lyon,…

Kashmiris allege beatings, abuse in raids by Indian troops

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

The Indian soldiers descended on Bashir Ahmed Dar’s house in southern Kashmir on Aug. 10, a few days after the government in New Delhi stripped the disputed Himalayan region of its statehood and launched a crackdown. Over the next 48 hours, the 50-year-old plumber said he was subjected to two separate rounds of beatings by soldiers. They demanded that he find his younger brother, who had joined rebels opposing India’s…

Estonia: Kuusik accused of episode of physical abuse

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

The Viru District Prosecutor’s Office has brought charges against former Estonian foreign trade and IT minister Marti Kuusik in relation to an episode of physical abuse, according the Postimees information reports LETA/BNS. The prosecutor’s office is currently unable to disclose the date, place and details of the episode, neither can it comment on how the incident will be retroactively proven in court. “Taking into account the interests of the parties to…

‘A Good Career, if I Satisfied Him.’ Ukraine Fights Sexual Abuse, and a War

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

On her first day of service as a commissioned officer of the Ukrainian military, Lt. Valeria Sikal reported for duty at her base and received an unusual order. She said the commander, Col. Viktor Ivaniv, ordered her to accompany him in his personal car for a trip to a summerhouse to meet a friend, who turned out to be a local police chief. The colonel then “ordered me to sit…

Ex-Pope Benedict XVI says ‘all-out sexual freedom’ of 60s to blame for clerical sex abuse

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Retired Pope Benedict XVI has blamed the “unprecedented radicalism in the 1960s” for clerical sexual abuse against minors in a letter. He said a “dissolution of the Christian concept of morality” was down to cultural changes. Benedict’s letter drew widespread criticism with some saying it does not go into structural issues within the church that helped cover up the abuse. “It does not address structural issues that abetted abuse cover-up,…

Irish NGO Urges Vatican to Take Steps on Child Protection Amid New Abuse Scandal

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Pope Francis must further elaborate on how the Vatican could move beyond “palliatives” and resolve ongoing abuse scandals currently rocking the Church across the world, Deirdre Kenny, the advocacy director for the Irish One in Four non-governmental organization. Pope Francis will arrive in Ireland on Saturday and is expected to meet with survivors of clerical sexual abuse during the visit in an apparent bid to initiate direct dialogue and potential reconciliation. On Monday, the pope released an open…

Anti-Semitism is so bad in Britain that some Jews are planning to leave

By Laura Smith-Spark on Friday, August 17, 2018

Mark Lewis, a famed libel and privacy lawyer, is leaving Britain. Worn down by years of anti-Semitic abuse and death threats, he has decided enough is enough.The 53-year-old plans to begin a new life in Israel with his partner, Mandy Blumenthal, by year’s end. Both were born and raised in England. Both are very ready to leave.“I just want to get out of here. It’s a massive thing to do…