UN: Vatican failed to act effectively on child abuse

Committee against Torture criticizes Vatican over its response to priest sex abuse scandal

UN: Vatican failed to act effectively on child abuse

World Bulletin/News Desk

The Vatican has failed to provide information requested by the United Nations about the number of children who were sexually abused by priests, the UN Committee against Torture has said.

The committee's comments came on Friday after a preliminary report from the Holy See to the UN Offices in Geneva said there were 3,420 credible allegations of sexual abuse by priests between 2004 and 2013.

A total of 848 priests had been defrocked and 2,572 disciplined, according to the report.

The committee's vice-chairperson Felice Gaer said: "How many victims are there? We do not know the numbers. We know it is very large. We are concerned about it."

There were also cases where victims of abuse had not received compensation, he added.

Vatican 'not consistent'

Gaer said that sexual abuse and rape were considered to fall into the category of torture under the UN's Convention against Torture, and said the Vatican had not fulfilled the requirements of some of its articles.

"The Vatican's obligations under the convention concern all public officials of the state and other persons acting in an official capacity or under the rule of law," Gaer said.

The committee said it was also concerned that accused clergy had been transferred to other institutions where they remained in contact with minors and others who were vulnerable.

It also noted the Vatican's declaration was not consistent with norms under its own law as well as the UN's Convention against Torture.

"The Vatican should take effective steps to ensure the provision of information to civil authorities in cases where they are carrying out criminal investigations of the violations," the committee said.

It also said the Vatican should consider ratifying core international human rights conventions.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 24 Mayıs 2014, 10:48
carolineredbrook - 9 yıl Önce

Crimes against children are so heinous that accused pedophiles like priests, Sylvain Kustyan, Jerry Sandusky, etc. and their anablers must be apprehended before they have years to continue to destroy young lives. Kustyan has been formally charged with two counts each of 1st Degree Sodomy and Sexual Abuse of a ten-year-old little boy, fled the US to avoid imminent arrest. So,Kustyan, formerly of Tuscaloosa, Alabama and Hermin/ Mazingarbe, France, is currently on the lam.