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Germany: Catholic officials ask journalists to “shut up” over reports of child abuse | News | DW | Instant News

With the Catholic Church shaken by a child abuse scandal in Germany, journalists walked out of a press event organized by church representatives on Tuesday.

The Archdiocese of Cologne has held a press conference to discuss the unpublished reports of child abuse. In particular, church officials should explain issues relating to the methodology of the report. This problem, at least according to Cologne Archbishop Reiner Maria Woelki, is the reason for withholding the document from the public in its current form.

Church representatives said they would show journalists an edited version of the document. They also asked journalists to sign promises to keep the contents confidential, including information about the crimes, the alleged perpetrators and the church officials involved.

“Journalists are committed to absolute silence regarding this information,” the agreement reads.

The eight journalists invited to the event refused to sign the statement.

Why was the report withheld?

Cardinal Woelki promised an independent and comprehensive investigation into sexual abuse in his diocese two years ago. However, in October 2020, victims were informed that subsequent reports were not “legally watertight” and contained “unacceptable prejudice”.

A new version of the report is expected to be released in March.

The decision to withhold the document until rework has sparked a reaction in Germany. The law firm that compiled the report also criticized the postponement.

Woelki himself faces charges of failing to inform the Vatican about allegations of sexual harassment.

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Up to 250K children, abused adults in the state of New Zealand and faith-based care: investigation – National | Instant News

Up to a quarter of a million children, adolescents and adults are vulnerable to physical and sexual abuse New Zealand faith-based and state care institutions from the 1960s to the early 2000s, a public inquiry came to light on Wednesday.

A provisional report by the Royal Commission of Inquiry found children, some as young as nine months, had suffered years of abuse, including rape and electric shock treatment, by staff at state psychiatry and care facilities, priests and carers.

The report estimates that up to 256,000 people were abused, accounting for nearly 40% of the 655,000 people treated during that period, with most of the abuse occurring in the 1970s and 1980s.

“The pain and suffering that has occurred in New Zealand’s history is unforgivable,” said Public Service Minister Chris Hipkins, who described the report as “difficult to read”.

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“All children under state surveillance must be safe from harm, but as testimony often states, the opposite is true.”

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The report said most victims of abuse were between the ages of 5 and 17. Most experienced abuse over a period of five to 10 years.

The abuse included physical assault and sexual abuse, with staff at some psychiatric institutions forcing male patients to rape female patients. It also includes the improper use of medical procedures including electric shocks to the genitals and legs, improper vaginal strip searches and examinations, and verbal abuse and racial insults.

“Sometimes I get shock treatment twice a day,” said Anne, who at 17 was assigned to a psychiatric institution in 1979.

“The notes (said) I went blind, then they gave me shock treatment again that night,” he said during the investigation.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced a Royal Commission in 2018 saying the country needed to face a “dark chapter” in its history, and then expand it to include churches and other faith-based institutions.

The report said the likelihood of children and adolescents being abused in a religion or religion-based home ranged from 21% to 42%.

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It found that the number of people passing through treatment institutions was six times higher than previously estimated.

“At any point of view, this is a serious and persistent social problem that needs to be addressed,” the report said, adding there was evidence that abuse continued today.

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Abdul and Fatima Abdi sue province for abuse under welfare system – 2 Sep 2020

Maori at a disadvantage

The Royal Commission will make recommendations to the government in its final report. It is one of the longest and most complex of investigative commissions conducted in New Zealand.

Wednesday’s interim report comes after private and public redress hearings in which survivors bravely tell gruesome stories of physical and sexual abuse.

One of the Maori survivors, Peter, said in the investigation that he drove off the cliff in a suicide attempt to avoid harassment.

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“I don’t want to live anymore. I went up the cliff and hit the bank straight away. Again, if anyone stopped and saw why, they would find something, but they didn’t, ”he said.

Abuse survivors say that a “culture of silence and secrecy” hides abuse from the outside world. The report said many survivors now suffer from mental health problems, such as post-traumatic stress disorder and depression, and are fighting substance abuse.

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The Catholic Church in New Zealand’s Aotearoa said it would study the report to learn how to handle complaints and prevent harassment.

“We are deeply sorry for the harm caused by the abuse they have suffered, and we continue to express our deep sorrow,” said Cardinal Archbishop Wellington John Dew.

The report acknowledges that Maori children may suffer the most, as 81% of the children abused in care are Māori, while 69% of children treated are Māori.

It said some faith-based institutions attempted to “cleanse”, through sexual and physical abuse, the cultural identity of Maori people in care.

Thousands of Maori protested across New Zealand last year, calling for an end to the practice of taking children at risk away from families and placing them in state care.

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Critics of the practice argue that the process is racially leaning toward the Maori, and is a legacy of colonialism.

Neighboring Australia delivered a national apology in 2017, after a five-year investigation into child sexual abuse revealed thousands of cases of sexual abuse, mostly committed in religious and state-run institutions.

Hipkins said the New Zealand government will make a decision on an apology once the Commission submits its final report.

(Reporting by Praveen Menon; Editing by Michael Perry)


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Dark web trial ′ Cyberbunker ′ breaks new ground | Germany | News and in-depth reporting from Berlin and beyond | DW | Instant News

Germany’s largest cybercrime court started this week amid much media fanfare at a district court in the city of Trier. The courtroom was crowded. The defendants and their lawyers wore masks and were separated by plastic screens.

On the first day it took the judge two hours to read out the charges. In the second case, three of the eight defendants were given the opportunity to tell their life stories.

Eight people – four Dutch, three German and one Bulgarian – worked in a “cyberbunker” data center in a former military bunker in the pretty village of Traben-Trarbach.

They are now accused of aiding and abetting criminals in an estimated 249,000 illegal online transactions involving drugs, contract murder, money laundering and millions of euros of child abuse imagery.

Johan X., the suspect culprit has become the focus of the German media – which may not identify the accused until proven guilty.

In September 2019, a major police operation that has been carried out for half a decade to raid the bunkers and close it. A key member of the group was arrested.

The alleged culprit for the operation, Johan X., 60 years old from Holland, remained silent and was silent during the first days of the investigation, listening to the testimony of the first three defendants.

Dutchman Michiel R. who works as a “manager” in the bunker summarizes his work history in a boxy shape and gives a tearful picture of his close relationship with his mother. Jaqueline B., a German who acts as a “bookkeeper” for the operation, talks about her childhood in Cameroon growing up as the daughter of a poor farmer. A 21-year-old German IT expert who spent a year working in technical support described his solitary life and history of depression.

Map of Traben-Trarbach in Germany

The location of the bunker was chosen in the Cold War because it is west of the Rhine, an important natural border in Germany

Beautiful setting

There is a lot of focus in the international media on the bunkers the group uses for its operations.

Massive constructions were built during the Cold War to house the NATO command center. It sits on a hill overlooking a small town of 6,000 people, mostly known for its Riesling vineyards.

“We’re tourist-oriented here; it’s really beautiful,” explains Patrice-Christian-Roger Langer, mayor of Traben-Trarbach. He knew the bunker well because he worked there as a computer programmer in the 1980s and 1990s.

“It’s like a giant root system,” he explained. “Only one floor above ground and four underground. The only way to distinguish each floor is through color coding on the walls. Visitors will often come and have no idea whether they are at ground level or tens of meters underground.”

After the end of the Cold War, the bunker gradually fell out of use and the German government finally sold it to Johan X. in 2013. Langer said the city council had no say in the sale, and there was a lot of speculation about Johan X. and his plans for the bunker.

Ruins in Traben-Trarbach (picture-alliance / Dumont / A. Selbach)

The Mosel Valley is a popular place for tourists

Gossip and rumors

“So I called him and asked if I could come visit,” said Langer. “He said I could come any time, I just needed to give a little notice because of the guard dog. And he was really very open – I visited twice and could look behind every door I wanted. Not much seems to have changed since I worked there. “

Johan X. promised that his new IT hub would offer at least 80 jobs to the local community, which Langer said was badly needed. He also promised to set up an IT training center. But he remains unclear about the true nature of the operation.

Neither of his promises materialized, and rumors continued to spread among the townspeople – that X. was producing drugs or buying and selling weapons in the bunkers.

Then, in September 2019, Langer attended a meeting in a neighboring town and received a WhatsApp notification: police vans and helicopters were in the bunker. He ran back to Traben-Trarbach to find the bunker had been raided.

Only then did Langer and the rest of the town hear about what might have happened and the dark web empire allegedly run by X.

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aerial view of the bunker in Traben-Trarbach (LKA Rhineland-Palatinate)

The bunker was the site of a major police operation in September 2019

The ‘creepy’ dark web

Johan X. * and the other defendants were charged with running a “bulletproof hosting” service for websites, where they offered clients the opportunity to carry out covert online operations.

“There is no consistent meaning for the dark web,” explains Professor Steven Murdoch, a security engineering expert at University College London. “It’s used most often as a reference to creepy stuff on the Internet – because it sounds a little creepy. And flak hosting is completely unrelated to the dark web, but it might involve the same people at times.”

Johan X. strictly offered “bulletproof hosting” to Cyberbunker customers from the start, allowing clients to access the darknet, where some of the internet’s most sinister operations take place. He originally advertised that Cyberbunker would host the website with anything but “child pornography and anything related to terrorism”.

“Bulletproof hosting is for services that are normal internet services but are illegal or prohibited,” Professor Murdoch explains. “But it’s important to remember that most bad things on the internet happen on the normal internet.” He cited one study by the British Internet Watch Foundation on child abuse images and found that less than 1% of the images were accessed via the so-called onion service, which assists anonymous users.

Police photo of several confiscated servers (LKA Rheinland-Pfalz)

While some servers are virtual, hundreds of others are physically stored in bunkers

Close eyes

Investigators are still examining the content of the hundreds of physical and virtual servers housed by the bunkers and say they have not found any content unrelated to illegal activity. But Murdoch says it’s inconceivable that a host service provider might not know about the nature of their customers’ online activity – especially if they consciously turn a blind eye.

“The principle that organizations are not responsible for their customers is a good principle, and it is widely applied,” Murdoch said. “Once you become a large organization, there will be bad people using your services. So the question is – what proportion of your customers are bad people?”

Proportion is an important part because a major internet hosting service like Amazon can facilitate millions of cases of illegal online activity. But considering their gigantic size, this is only a fraction of their service, Murdoch pointed out.

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The eight defendants and 250,000 crimes – evidence summarized in a pile of files

Making new breakthroughs

Defense lawyers this week argued that the groups surrounding Johan X. were not aware of what content and transactions were being carried out on the website hosted by the bunker servers.

With the trial running for more than a year, the public prosecutor said the trial would cover “a new legal foundation.”

Although the prosecutor was able to prove that Johan X. and his team were aware of the activity, the key question of the trial was whether the internet service provider had the right to act on this knowledge.

Germany is a country where data privacy is highly protected: electronic payment methods are still uncommon in most countries partly due to concerns about data mining. Mayor Langer was among those who saw the case as an opportunity to re-examine some of these regulations.

“I work with children, and my internet search history and personal background have to be checked by the police every year,” he said. “But can this man run an operation that facilitates the sale of child abuse images and he can claim a lack of knowledge due to data security? Something has to change.”

The trial will run as early as December 2021 as prosecutors will go through thousands of charges against the defendants. The evidence shows that the guilty verdict is far from certain. But Professor Murdoch said law enforcement often hides important evidence in cases like these.

“We may never know exactly what happened [in the bunker],” he says.

Mayor Langer was eagerly awaiting a decision: “This is truly history in the making.”

* Editor’s note: DW follows the German press code, which emphasizes the importance of protecting the privacy of suspected criminals or victims and urges us not to disclose full names in such cases.


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Eight year old child found dead in a gunny sack in Karachi most likely raped: police | Instant News

There was no sign of torture on the body, police said, adding that the bodies had been finished but the results remained. Original image by Himshek Kumar/ Unsplash / Illustration by Geo.tv

KARACHI: An eight year old boy was found dead in a fight, or gunny bag, last night here near the metropolis’ Shafiq Morr possibly raped, according to an initial autopsy carried out on Friday, according to police.

There was no sign of torture on the body, police said, adding that the bodies had been finished but the results remained. One suspect, identified as Samiullah, has been detained and named in the first information report (FIR) registered with the police, they added.

However, authorities have underlined that the chemical report will reveal the real cause of the child’s death.

Rescue sources confirmed last night that the body of an eight-year-old boy was found in a gunny sack near the Shafiq Colony neighborhood in New Karachi.

A sub-inspector (SI) who is a resident of the Shafiq Colony alerted authorities on 15 helplines, according to police.

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Sources have informed Geo News at that time residents in the area saw a suspicious man carrying a gunny bag with him and stopped him to ask a question. After inspecting the sack, they found the body of a child and detained the man before handing him over to the police, the sources added.

The police also confirmed at the time that they had detained the suspect and interrogated him.

Speaking to Geo News, the boy’s uncle said the detained individual made contradictory statements after he was detained. The prisoner first said the child’s body was found in the river but later changed his statement by saying the body was found near several flats, he added.

The eight-year-old’s relative added that the boy had been missing since Thursday evening.


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Eight-year-old boy raped, murdered in Karachi Federal Industrial Area B | Instant News



Yasir Hussain – Posted: Sep 25, 2020 | Last Updated: 34 minutes ago

Posted: Sep 25, 2020 | Last Updated: 34 minutes ago

An eight year old boy was raped and murdered in Karachi Federal Industrial Area B. His body was found on Thursday night.

The crowd caught a man who was dumping his body in the Shafiq Colony late at night and handed it over to the police. Police have arrested the man, identified as Samiullah, and started interrogating him.

The body was taken to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where a post-mortem report confirmed the rape. The child also had bruises on his neck.

The suspect dumped the body wrapped in cloth late at night when people arrested him. The victim’s uncle, Shiraz, said the suspect initially claimed he found the child’s body in a sewer and later changed his statement and said he found it near several flats.


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