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Vatican Representatives Try to Relegate Issue to the Past
January 16, 2014, Geneva – Today, the Vatican was summoned before the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child to report on its record in addressing widespread sexual violence within the Catholic Church. Members of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) and their attorneys from the U.S.-based Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) were in attendance. This was the first time the Vatican had been called to account for its actions related to this issue before an international body. In February of last year, CCR and SNAP filed a report to the Committee, documenting what they describe as the depth and breadth of the violence, the policies and practices within the Church that have enabled and perpetuated it, and the rights under the Convention on the Rights of the Child the Vatican has violated. The Vatican responded in December to a set of official questions posed by the committee, a month after the deadline, refusing to provide the data requested and asserting that it was only responsible for actions or crimes that occur within Vatican City. CCR and SNAP then filed a response to the Vatican’s report .
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