Belgium's lower house of parliament on Thursday adopted by a large majority a law allowing euthanasia for terminally ill children, making Belgium only the second country to allow mercy-killing for minors.
Four Ohio children were systematically beaten, starved and chained to their beds by their own mother, grandmother and mother's boyfriend, Juan Carlos Sanchez, also allegedly raped two girls, ages 11 and 9, while living with Bobbi Sue Pack and Edwina Louis, the police report says.
Here is a digest of some interesting reports for you to check out. An unidentified Walmart store manager ripped the corporation in an anonymous letter published on Thursday, saying practices have deteriorated over the past two decades. Criticism of America’s economic elite is dragging the country down, real estate tycoon Sam Zell said. Police are investigating death threats made against 5-year-old actress Mia Talerico, the titular Charlie of the Disney Channel’s family sitcom “Good Luck Charlie”, after her show introduced a lesbian couple.
The UN has accused the Vatican of adopting policies that allowed priests to rape and molest thousands of children over decades. And international community demands that all clergy who are suspected or known child abusers should be "immediately removed". In its report, the UN committee severely criticized the Holy See for its attitude toward homosexuality, contraception and abortion stating it should review its policies. David Clohessy, national director and spokesman for the Survivor's Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), the largest and oldest self-help group for victims of clergy molestation in the United States, spoke to the Voice of Russia correspondent on the issue.
The Vatican said Wednesday that it "takes note" of a damning UN report accusing it of failing to stamp out child abuse, but slammed criticism of its attitude to abortion as interference.
Few organized child activities give rise to such a heated debate as child beauty pageants. They strike a nerve with some people who believe small children should not parade around in hairdos, clothing and makeup that are not age-appropriate and make them look like women. However, proponents claim it builds confidence in their children.
Woody Allen called Dylan Farrow's allegations of child molestation "untrue and disgraceful," signaling that he would fight renewed claims dating back to Allen's tempestuous relationship with actress Mia Farrow in the early 1990s.
Woody Allen's adopted daughter wrote publicly for the first time about her allegations that the filmmaker sexually abused her when she was 7.
Irish nuns from the Sisters of Nazareth children’s homes in Londonderry, Northern Ireland are being accused of forcing kids to eat their own vomit and putting soiled bed sheets on their heads as a type of punishment. This is according to what the biggest public inquiry into institutional child abuse was told.
About 20 children in the US are hospitalized due to firearm injuries, and more than 6 percent of them die from these injuries. This is an outcome of a study by Yale School of Medicine researchers and their colleagues. The study was prompted by the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, when 20 year old Adam Lanza killed 20 kids and six adults. However since that tragic incident, at least 24 other school shootings have occurred in the country. Julie Gaither, a PhD Candidate at Yale University at the department of epidemiology and Public Health and one of the authors of the study spoke to the Voice of Russia about the findings.
The US Supreme Court appeared to have a fight Wednesday as they considered how much defendants convicted of possessing images of child pornography should have to pay in restitution to victims. Advocates for crime victims say the distribution of child pornography has exploded since the rise of the Internet. The problem is that the change in distribution model (meaning same image may have been viewed thousands of times) has created a problem for judges trying to assess how much restitution each defendant should pay.
The "most terrible" cases of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy have come to light, but the Church should not lower its guard, said the Vatican's former sex crimes prosecutor in comments published Sunday.
Pope Benedict XVI defrocked nearly 400 priests over just two years for molesting children. The statistics for 2011-12 show a dramatic increase over the 171 priests removed in 2008 and 2009, when the Vatican first provided details on the number of priests who have been defrocked. Prior to that, it had only publicly revealed the number of alleged cases of sexual abuse it had received.
The Russian Foreign Ministry has supported the UN's rejection of mass executions and other manifestations of inhuman brutality on the part of extremist elements acting in Syria.
During his meeting with Sochi Olympic volunteers, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia does not seek to make homosexual relations illegal, as is widely reported in the West. More specifically, he underlined that in Russia no one is arrested for being homosexual. It is nothing more than promoting homosexuality to minors and peadophilia that is strictly banned.
The protection of the basic human rights and freedoms in the European Union remains ineffective and incomplete, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in its report evaluating the human rights situation in the EU in 2013.
Amendments to the law on pedophiles are taking effect in Russia, whereby convicted pedophiles will be put under life-long administrative supervision after they have served their prison terms.
An agreement between Russia and the US on cooperation over the issue of adopted children is officially put out of action since January 1. The agreement was signed in July 2011 after several cases when adopted Russian children have been mistreated or even killed by their American adoptive parents.
The adoption of what is known as “Dima Yakovlev Law” has failed to sour Russia-US relations. President Putin signed the bill “On Sanctions for Individuals Violating Fundamental Human Rights and Freedoms of the Citizens of the Russian Federation” into law a year ago to the day, thereby triggering an impassioned debate both in and outside Russia. The law adoption sparked outrage in the United States.
Two babysitters accused of abusing children in a case that caused a public outcry across Vietnam have been arrested, a police official said Wednesday. Nguyen Le Thien Ly, 19, and Le Thi Dong Phuong, 31, were arrested on charges of "torturing children," said lieutenant Colonel Doan Van Phe of Ho Chi Minh City police.