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Apologising for a workplace climate of bullying, harassment and public humiliation, top officials at the influential rights group Amnesty International offered to resign in a letter made public on Friday.

Working conditions at Amnesty were exposed in a review, launched after the suicides

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As part of an effort to fight human trafficking, the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro plans to create an alert system that can be activated whenever a child goes missing, a state secretary said last week.

Mobile phones in the area surrounding where the

An Oxfam investigation has found widespread payment of "poverty wages" among garment industry workers in Bangladesh with nine out of 10 workers interviewed there saying they were forced to regularly skip meals and eat inadequately or go into debt as a result.

The research, presented in a report,

More than 3,800 civilians - including some 927 children - were killed in the conflict in Afghanistan in 2018, accordng to newly released UN figures.

The data, from the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan and the UN Human Rights Office, shows that the number of people killed rose

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Vatican City

In his final address to nearly 190 bishops attending this week’s Vatican summit on sex abuse, Pope Francis called for an “all-out battle” against abuse in the Catholic Church.

“I make a heartfelt appeal for an all-out battle against the abuse of minors both sexually

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One of Britain's most senior police officers was on Friday appointed the country's new anti-slavery chief, about 10 months after the inaugural commissioner resigned expressing frustration about government interference in his role.

Sara Thornton, head of the National Police Chiefs' Council since 2015, will take

Vatican City
RNS

On a day packed with emotion and unusually direct criticism of the Catholic church hierarchy, victims of church abuse responded sharply to an admission by a German cardinal that the church has destroyed files documenting sexual abuse abuse by its priests.

“Files that could have

Dhaka, Bangladesh
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Bangladesh must enforce its building code and safety regulations if it is to avoid more disasters like the fire that killed at least 70 people in a centuries-old neighbourhood of the capital this week, experts said.

The fire in Chawkbazar, a commercial region

Vatican City
RNS

On paper, “accountability” was the theme of the second day of the Vatican’s summit on clergy sexual abuse. In practice, that meant debating whether proposals designed to rein in bishops accused of abuse amount to, in the words of one churchman, “Caesar judging Caesar".

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India's Supreme Court has ordered the eviction of more than one million Indigenous people and others who live in forests, after the Federal Government failed to defend a law aimed at protecting their rights.

The top court's order, dated 13th February and delivered in written

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Americans use more toilet paper than anyone else in the world, helping destroy the habitats of native people who live where it is sourced and contributing to global warming, a research study said this week.

US consumers use roughly three rolls of toilet paper a

World Watch Monitor

One year since the Christian teenager Leah Sharibu was abducted from her boarding school in north-eastern Nigeria by an Islamist group, a coalition of groups have called on presidential candidates to tell Nigerians how they plan to secure her release.

“We are urging the political parties and

Thomson Reuters Foundation

More than 2,500 foreign children living in harsh conditions in Syrian camps should be repatriated with their families to their countries of origin, Save the Children said on Thursday.

The children, with nationalities from 30 countries including France, Germany, the United States and

Vatican City
RNS

Pope Francis on Thursday opened a highly anticipated four-day meeting on his church’s ongoing sex abuse crisis by calling on the assembled bishops and other Catholic leaders to “hear the cry of the little ones who plead for justice” and be “concrete.”

“The holy People of

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