UN investigators call on Vatican to do more to stop abuse

United Nations Mandatory Reporting

Title: UN investigators call on Vatican to do more to stop abuse
Author: Cindy Wooden (Catholic News Service CNS)
Publisher: National Catholic Reporter (NCROnline)
Date: 22JUN2021

VATICAN CITY — While acknowledging Vatican-mandated reforms in the handling of clerical sexual abuse, four U.N. special rapporteurs urged the Vatican to make it mandatory that church officials everywhere report abuse allegations to civil authorities.The four human rights experts, volunteers who investigate and make recommendations on behalf of the U.N. Human Rights Council, also expressed “concern about the continued efforts of members of the Catholic Church to undermine legislative efforts to improve the prosecution of sexual abuse against children in national courts” and to lobby legislatures “to preserve the statute of limitations on these crimes.”

The report, sent to the Vatican in April and published on the website of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights June 21, was written by special rapporteurs working on the promotion of truth, justice and reparation; on the sale and sexual exploitation of children; on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment; and on the rights of persons with disabilities.

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