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Vatican broke convention on rights of child, says UN

Sandberg expects Church to 'follow up on recommendations'

05 February, 14:30
Vatican broke convention on rights of child, says UN (see related story) (ANSA) - Geneva, February 5 - The Vatican broke the 1989 United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child in its response to child sex abuse by the clergy, the head of a UN committee said Wednesday. "The simple answer is yes, they are in breach of the Convention as up to now, because they haven't done all the things that they should have done," said Kirsten Sandberg, the Norwegian head of the Committee on the Rights of the Child. Sandberg was speaking after her committee published a scathing report on the Vatican's handling of reports of sexual abuse by priests.

The report called on the Holy See to hand over its archives on sexual abuse so that culprits could face justice and to "immediately remove" all clergy who are known or suspected child abusers and turn them over to civil authorities.

"We expect the Holy See to follow up on these recommendations ... to protect victims and give them compensation," Sandberg told a press conference in Geneva.