PARIS: After years of struggling alone or finding support in national groups, survivors of sex abuse by priests have formed a new international alliance to pressure the Catholic Church to face up to its crimes.
The group, called Ending Clerical Abuse (ECA), brings together activists from dozens of countries on several continents, and will be mobilised in Rome this week when Pope Francis hosts a hotly awaited summit on tackling the wave of child sex abuse scandals shaking the Catholic Church.
“It’s a momentous and a historic movement… to bring a global and unified voice,” one of its co-founders, Peter Saunders, told media.
“This is the first truly global initiative.”
Saunders’ personal story is among countless others suffered by people who grouped together to form ECA last June, including survivors from Chile, Poland, Switzerland, France, Italy, the Democratic Republic of Congo and other countries.
“I was abused at seven years old by a family member. I was also sexually abused by two Jesuit priests at my secondary school at about 12 years of age,” he said.
The same priest targeted his brother Michael at the same school six years before him, and died aged 55 after a lifelong battle with drug and alcohol abuse.
“I think the Church has been resisting change for many, many years and I think at long last the Church is beginning to bow to the pressure put on by survivors, by our media colleagues around the world, and by public opinion,” he added.
The group’s objectives include forcing the Church to take a “zero tolerance” approach to paedophilia, working to overturn the statute of limitations on abuse cases, and supporting victims in areas where speaking out remains difficult, such as in various African and Asian countries.
Latest weapons being provided to Police
RAWALPINDI: IGP Punjab, Amjad Javed Saleemi on Monday said that in order to promote professional skills of the police force, the cops were being equipped with the latest training facilities to curb crimes.
He stated this while addressing 60th passing-out Parade of 217 ASIs in Police College. Addl. IG Police training (Punjab) Tariq Masood Yasin, Superintendent College Sihala Amir Khaleel Syed, City Police Officer (CPO) Abbas Ahsan, senior police officers, and faculty members were present on the occasion. Smartly dressed contingents of police marched passed in front of the dais. IGP appreciated the high standard of the parade. Addressing the participants he said that in the present age where criminals had to find out new methods of criminal activities, it was imperative that standards of police training would also be improved in accordance with the requirements. He said that the police force was being made people-friendly and the police officers were directed to fulfill their obligation of providing security to the people. He said the police force had rendered great services for maintenance of peace and the officers and officials had presented their lives while discharging their professional responsibilities.
He said they were trying to dispel the negative impression of police by inculcating high moral values and sense of responsibility among the police force. The IGP said those who had been recruited were lucky because they had been entrusted responsibility to safeguard the lives and properties of the citizens. Amjad Javed said that latest weapons had been provided to police to enable them to foil the attempts of anti-state elements. He said that police force had been made service-oriented police by imparting them training of security intelligence, crime central investigation, and other similar disciplines. Commandant Police College Sihala Muhammad Ihsan Tufail on the occasion said that syllabus of college had been reviewed and new disciplines were incorporated in the training modules. He said that the College had imparted training to 90,000 police officials, terming it the best training institute in the country.
CDA removes illegally constructed houses
ISLAMABAD: CDA carried out anti-encroachment operation in collaboration with ICT Administration in Malpur Village and removed structures of newly illegal constructed houses on the state land.
The object of this operation was to remove the structure of newly illegal constructed house from state land. During the operation Assistant Commissioner (Secretariat), ICT has provided magisterial cover, while staff of Enforcement Directorate participated in the operation and also used heavy machinery to demolish the illegal constructions and vacated the state land from the illegal occupants.
During the operation, structures of five under construction houses with outer boundaries got razed down with the help of heavy machinery. Furthermore, the occupants of remaining structures are being served with notices under the law for removal of their illegal constructions at the earliest to avert any loss or damages. It is pertinent to mention here that CDA in collaboration with ICT continues ongoing anti-encroachment operation along the Right of Way of Murree Road, started mid of the last month to eliminate illegal activities and encroachments from the area.
District admin gets 50 Kanal state land vacated!
PESHAWAR: District administration vacated 50 Kanal state land during grand anti-encroachment operation in Mera Kachori, a suburban locality here today.
On the directives of the Deputy Commissioner (DC) Peshawar Dr. Imran Hamid Sheikh, the Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Shahid Ali Khan and Assistant Commissioner (AC), Sara Rehman directly monitored the operation and remained present on the occasion.
Town Municipal Officer (TMO) Town-IV, Waheedur Rehman, SHO Chamkani Police Station, Ahmadullah Khan, officials of Rescue 1122 and other department participated in the operation. A heavy contingent of police was deployed to avert any kind of unpleasant incident.
During the operation, the administration demolished over 70 illegal constructions and vacated 50 Kanal state lands. Meanwhile, the Deputy Commissioner (DC), Dr. Imran Hamid Sheikh has said that anti-encroachment operation would continue and similar action against encroachment mafia in other localities will also begin soon.