China’s president Xi Jinping: his government has taken a hard line on human rights and dissent. Photograph: Joseph Nair/EPA

Torture and forced confessions are still common in China despite judicial reforms, and lawyers who complain about abuse are often detained, Amnesty I(...)

Minister for Children Charlie Flanagan was told today it was essential all relevant institutions be included within the remit of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Minister for Children Charlie Flanagan was told today it was essential all relevant institutions be included within the remit of the Commission of Inv(...)

The committee was concerned about the [Vatican] response to the continued refusal by the four religious orders that ran the Magdalene laundries to contribute to a redress fund. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

A group representing survivors of clerical sex abuse has welcomed a UN report criticising the four religious orders behind the Magdalene laundries fo(...)

Pope Francis meeting UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon  earlier this month. The UN’s torture watchdog today criticised the Vatican’s handling of reported sexual abuse by priests, and said  any priest suspected of committing sexual abuse  should be immediately suspended pending investigation. Photograph: Osservatore Romano/EPA

The United Nations torture watchdog called on the Vatican today to cooperate with civil authorities in prosecuting all cases of suspected sexual abuse(...)

Marie Collins spoke in Rome after the first meetings of the church’s new child protection body. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Clerical sex abuse campaigner Marie Collins today said that she had a “positive” feeling about the Holy See’s new child protection body, the Pontifica(...)

Ian Elliott said Church bodies were undermining the work of the NBSC by consistently cutting funding. Photograph Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Amnesty International has expressed concern at claims that the Catholic Church’s child protection watchdog is being undermined through funding (...)

The United Nations Committee Against Torture (Uncat) has queried limitations in the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act, adding to reservations ab(...)

The entrance to the former Magdalene laundry on Stanhope Street North in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

There have been further calls for an independent investigation into Ireland’s Magdalene laundries. The issue was raised at a meeting of the United Nat(...)

A Justice for Magdalenes press conference in Dublin last February: the group accuses the McAleese report of “marginalising the women’s lived experiences in these institutions”. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Department of Justice has sharply criticised a submission by the Justice for Magdalenes (JFM) advocacy group to the McAleese committee on the exte(...)

Maeve O’Rourke (right) photographed at a Justice for Magdalenes press conference earlier this year with (from left) Mari Steed, Claire McGettrick and Katherine O’Donnell.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The only legal representative for the voluntary advocacy group ‘Justice for Magdalenes’ has been announced as the Family Law Awards 2013 Pro Bono Lawy(...)

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