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Vatican policies allowed sex abuse on children, says UN

Rights of the Child committee publishes scathing report

05 February, 12:17
Vatican policies allowed sex abuse on children, says UN (ANSA) - Geneva, February 5 - A United Nations human rights committee said in a scathing report on Wednesday that the Vatican had adopted policies that allowed clergymen to sexually abuse tens of thousands of children over decades.

The U.N. committee on the Rights of the Child said the Vatican should hand over its archives on sexual abuse so that culprits and "those who concealed their crimes" could face justice.

It also called on the Holy See to "immediately remove" all clergy who are known or suspected child abusers and turn them over to civil authorities.

"The committee is gravely concerned that the Holy See has not acknowledged the extent of the crimes committed, has not taken the necessary measures to address cases of child sexual abuse and to protect children, and has adopted policies and practices which have led to the continuation of the abuse by, and the impunity of, the perpetrators," the report read.