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Myanmar unwilling to probe Rohingya abuse, UN must act: rights envoy

Myanmar is unable and unwilling to investigate its abuses against Rohingya Muslims, a UN rights envoy has said, bolstering calls for the country's generals to be hauled before an international court. A UN fact-finding mission has called for Myanmar's top brass to be investigated for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes over a brutal crackdown against Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state that forced more than 720,000 of the beleaguered minority to flee the country to Bangladesh. Myanmar has dismissed the…

Abused children carry the trauma in their cells: study

Children subjected to abuse may carry the physical hallmark of that trauma in their cells, scientists said Tuesday, in research that could help criminal investigations probing historic mistreatment. The imprints may also shed light on whether or not trauma can be passed on between generations as has long been hypothesised. A team of researchers at the University of British Columbia examined the sperm cells of 34 adult men, some of whom had been victims of child abuse years earlier. They found that the effects of the…

Pope says church shamed by ‘repugnant’ Irish abuse

DUBLIN: Pope Francis marked the first papal visit to Ireland in 39 years by acknowledging that the failure of Church authorities to adequately address “repugnant” clerical child abuse crimes there remains a source of shame for the Catholic community. Francis arrived on Saturday for a highly charged visit to a society transformed since more than three-quarters of the population flocked to see Pope John Paul II in 1979 and beset by the kind of abuse scandals that have once more mired the Catholic Church in crisis. “I…

Catalogue of abuse: seeking justice for the Rohingya

Cross-legged in a windowless, almost pitch-black bamboo shack, the investigator pressed record on a video camera and asked the young Rohingya woman to describe the night the Myanmar soldiers came. "They broke down our door. They took my husband outside and shot him," recalled the 20-year-old, one of around 700,000 Rohingyas driven from Myanmar into Bangladesh a year ago. "Then they killed my son. Four of them raped me," said the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, only her eyes visible beneath a veil covering…

Australia complain over fans’ ‘disgraceful’ abuse of players

CAPE TOWN: The Australian cricket team on Friday laid an official complaint over what coach Darren Lehmann labelled "disgraceful" behaviour by spectators during the third Test against South Africa at Newlands. "You are talking about abuse of various players and their families and personal abuse," said Lehmann (Australia). "It's not on at a cricket game -- not just here, it shouldn't happen. You can have banter, that's good fun, but it's gone too far here." The principal target was Australian batsmen David Warner, who…

Humanity imperiled by abuse of life-giving Nature: reports

MEDELLÍN, Colombia: Humanity is risking its own well-being by over-harvesting and harming nature's bounty, said a comprehensive survey Friday that warned animal and plant species were in decline in every world region. Four mammoth reports that took more than 550 scientists three years to compile, warned that Asia-Pacific fish stocks could run out by 2048 and more than half of African bird and mammal species could be lost by 2100. Up to 90 per cent of Asia-Pacific corals will suffer "severe degradation" by 2050, said…

Pakistan urges India to allow access to UN investigators for human rights abuse in IoK

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's Deputy Permanent Representative to UN Tahir Andrabi called on India to stop killing Kashmiri civilians, end the impunity enjoyed by its security forces and allow unfettered access to the UN fact finding team to investigate human rights violations in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IoK). Speaking at the 37th Session of UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, he said India's denial of access to the UN Fact Finding Team is a "desperate attempt" to hide its atrocities in "the most militarized…

Oscar-winning filmmaker Haggis accused of abusing four women

NEW YORK: Oscar-winning Canadian filmmaker Paul Haggis is now accused of sexual abuse by four women, according to an amended civil suit filed on Friday in New York. Haggis, who wrote and produced "Crash," and penned the screenplay for "Million Dollar Baby," is also known for his high-profile split almost a decade ago from the Church of Scientology. The allegations against him are the latest in a torrent of accusations made against powerful men that began with the fall of film mogul Harvey Weinstein in October, over…

Twitter toughens guidelines on harassment: report

Twitter has toughened its stance on online sexual harassment and abuse, laying out stronger penalties for misconduct on the social media platform in an email to its Trust and Safety Council published by Wired late on Tuesday. Reuters was not immediately able to confirm that the email published by the micro-blogging site was genuine. Twitter did not respond to requests for comment. In a series of tweets on Friday, the social media company’s Chief Executive Jack Dorsey announced plans to act more aggressively to limit…

Anti-Muslim abuse alleged in death of US Marines recruit

CHICAGO: The parents of a US Marines recruit who died during training have filed a wrongful death lawsuit claiming their son was physically abused and targeted because of his Muslim faith. The military has said Raheel Siddiqui committed suicide last year by jumping over a third-story railing, after enduring days of hazing. A drill instructor and battalion commander face military trials in the case. In a $100 million lawsuit filed Friday in Siddiqui’s home state of Michigan, his Pakistani immigrant parents rejected the…