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RECOMMENDATIONS OF ONE IN FOUR IRELAND TO THE UN COMMITTEE ON CONTEMPORARY FORMS OF SLAVERY 28TH SESSION

According to the Initial Report of the Holy See on the Convention of the Rights of the Child submitted in 1994, the Holy See oversees and governs the provision of education and training of some 41 million pupils and oversees 21,757 health institutions. 

In recognising the unique position of the Vatican state internationally and extraordinary role it plays in the provision of health and education services to children and vulnerable people we recommend that the committee on Contemporary Forms of Slavery urgently request that the Holy See put in place procedures that are enforceable and applied under its own Canon Law which require the immediate reporting of all suspicions or allegations of child abuse or exploitation perpetrated in institutions, organisations or bodies under its direct governance. 

Such allegations should be reported immediately to the Secular authorities in the State in which the alleged offences have occurred.  It is unacceptable that any State party with responsibility of the care of young children on such an enormous scale do not have regulations for the reporting and prevention of child exploitation that are mandatory rather than voluntary.

 
 

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