Vatican May Be In Violation Of UN Convention Against Torture

May 23, 2014 7:38 PM

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GENEVA — A United Nations monitoring group finds the Holy See may be in violation of the U.N. Convention Against Torture, largely related to alleged sexual abuse and rape by members of the clergy. In issuing its concluding observations, the Committee Against Torture, composed of 10 independent experts, admonished the Vatican for submitting its report on its implementation of the treaty nine years late.

The Vatican was quick in responding to the U.N. committee’s observations, choosing to highlight the positive aspects of the report. A statement issued by the Vatican notes “the committee did not find the Holy See …in violation of the CAT” - the Convention Against Torture.

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