Vatican still fails children despite sex scandals: Amnesty

13th May 2011, Comments 0 comments

The Vatican is still failing to meet its international obligations to protect children despite the paedophile priest scandals that rocked the Catholic Church, Amnesty International said Friday.

"The Holy See did not sufficiently comply with its international obligations relating to the protection of children" in 2010, said Amnesty in its annual report on the world's human rights.

"By the year's end, the Holy See had again failed to submit its second periodic report on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, due in 1997," said the London-based rights group.

This is the first year that Amnesty has included a separate section on the Vatican in its annual rights report.

The Roman Catholic Church came under huge pressure last year as the child sex abuse scandal spread across the globe, with cases in the United States, Belgium, Germany and Ireland.

The Amnesty report also criticised Ireland over the paedophile priest scandal, saying ministers failed to implement measures they had committed to following a landmark 2009 investigation into abuse.

"Child protection standards were inadequate in both law and practice," said the report.

"The government failed to implement a number of commitments it made in 2009 following the report of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse.

"This included a failure to introduce draft legislation to give child protection guidelines a statutory basis."

The Irish probe found that abuse had been "endemic" for decades in state-funded Catholic-run childcare institutions, sending shockwaves through the predominantly Catholic country.

© 2011 AFP

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