Treatment of Irish Children Challenged

A year after the publication of the Irish government’s Ryan Report, which exposed decades of child abuse and neglect in church-run residential institutions, Amnesty International has strongly criticized the government for failing to protect children. Amnesty’s annual report on the state of human rights worldwide lists 61 countries for torture and 48 for imprisoning people for political or religious beliefs, but in Ireland’s case the organization focused chiefly on breaches of the rights of children. The Irish practice of placing mentally disturbed children in adult institutions is “inexcusable,” said Amnesty, which also noted that between late 2002 and June 2009, more than 400 children have disappeared while in the care of the Irish Health Service Executive. The children were illegal aliens who were unaccompanied by an adult when detained by immigration services. It is feared that some have been taken by human traffickers and forced into the sex industry.

Comments are automatically closed two weeks after an article's initial publication. See our comments policy for more.

Advertisement
Advertisement

Don't miss the best from America

Sign up for our Newsletter to get the Jesuit perspective on news, faith and culture.

The latest from america

The Holy Spirit might be the forgotten person of the Holy Trinity.
James Martin, S.J.May 21, 2018
Pope Francis walks past cardinals as he leaves a consistory in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican June 28, 2017. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Pope Francis is trying to ensure that those who elect his successor are humble men committed to “a church of the poor and for the poor.”
Gerard O’ConnellMay 21, 2018
James Martin, S.J. discusses this groundbreaking exhibition with Andrew Bolton, Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute and C. Griffith Mann, Michel David-Weill Curator in Charge of the Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 
America StaffMay 21, 2018
Archbishop Matteo Zuppi (Photo/Community of Sant'Egidio website)
Archbishop Matteo Zuppi of Bologna calls Father James Martin’s book ‘Building a Bridge’ ‘useful for encouraging dialogue, as well as reciprocal knowledge and understanding.’
Matteo ZuppiMay 21, 2018