Child abuse is found around the globe and although widespread and common, it remains a taboo subject and is often simply ignored. Many groups worldwide are fighting to change that.
Green Party politician Daniel Cohn-Bendit has been accused of pedophilia. In the early years of the party, "free sexuality" with children was discussed - and it now appears the loose morals have come back to haunt them. (04.05.2013)
Child abuse is still a taboo topic, even in Germany's open society. In the face of tens of thousands of cases, however, more efforts to raise awareness may be necessary. But, are existing programs being neglected? (12.01.2013)
A severe case of child abuse that saw a father force his stepdaughter to bear him eight children has shocked Germans to the core. Now the government plans to tighten legislation on child abuse and pedophiles. (16.02.2011)
The fate of housekeepers in India has mostly played out behind closed doors. Human rights groups, however, have now turned their attention to the abuse these modern-day slaves endure. (09.01.2013)
According to a recent poll, India is one of the worst places for women who are routinely subjected to discrimination and abuse. (19.06.2012)
The gang rape and subsequent death of a young woman in New Delhi has triggered a national debate. Yet in the midst of India’s soul-searching, rapes and sexual violence continue unabated. (10.01.2013)
As the five suspects in the gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old student appear in court, the Indian government is promising swift justice. The case has brought many deficiencies in the justice system to light. (08.01.2013)
A new law blocks Americans from adopting Russian children. Human right activists consider the ban to be an inappropriate reaction to US sanctions on Russian officials accused of committing human right violations. (28.12.2012)
Experts say the increase in sexual abuse against children in Afghanistan is due to a lax judicial system that fails to prosecute pedophiles. They also attribute it to a system that allows child labor. (20.11.2012)
The award of damages to a 12-year-old girl diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder underlines the scale of the bullying problem in Japan's schools. Authorities are increasingly being held to account for inaction. (15.11.2012)
Despite being legally banned, female genital mutilation in Egypt is on the rise, causing lifelong pains, health problems and even death for the women who undergo it. Islamists are pushing to legalize the procedure again. (22.11.2012)
The Australian government has appointed a panel to investigate hundreds of child abuse cases within the country's Catholic community that came to light this year. The probe is to cast a wide net over all institutions. (12.11.2012)
It’s a scandal that just keeps on growing: The allegations about the late TV presenter Jimmy Savile and his associates are making British people question some of their most sacred institutions. (30.10.2012)
Although sexual abuse of children is not tolerated in any society, the reasons why pedophiles pursue their urges remain unclear. A team of German scientists has been looking in the brain for answers. (14.10.2012)
A frightening increase in sex crimes in South Korea has led to the first offender sentenced to chemical castration. But critics say castration is a human right violation and won't effectively prevent sexual violence. (11.01.2013)
The international problem of online child abuse is one that continues to challenge law enforcement agencies worldwide. PhotoDNA software offers some hope in the global fight against child pornography. (15.06.2012)
France has been plunged into its third sex scandal in as many weeks by accusations that an unnamed former minister was caught having a sex party with young boys in Marrakech. (02.06.2011)
Hundreds of complaints of sexual abuse by clergy in Belgium have been made to a Catholic Church-backed commission. A report detailing cases involving children as young as two was released after a court ruling. (10.09.2010)
Malaysian law says a woman has to be 16 and a man 18 before they can marry. But the state of Malacca is now allowing children under 16 to wed with the consent of an Islamic court. The move has triggered a debate. (18.08.2010)
Pakistan's independent human rights commission, HRCP, says it has received "credible testimonies" confirming a massive child abuse scandal in Punjab, which the government had earlier played down as a land dispute.
Revelations of a massive child abuse scandal in Pakistan have triggered widespread shock and anger. With the Pakistani police now under fire, child rights groups are urging the authorities to urgently take action.
Citizens in Pakistan are clamoring for justice after a sex abuse scandal involving hundreds of children shocked the nation. Pornographic films allegedly show victims being forced to have sex and abusing each other.
A Sumatran Oragn-utan known as Nieas has been shot dead by zookeepers in the western German city of Duisburg. The 26-year-old ape made a break for freedom after its door was not properly locked.
The trial of Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda starts on Wednesday at the International Criminal Court in The Hague. He faces charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Former child soldiers will give evidence.
For years, neo-Nazis in northern Germany have been trying to turn the village of Jamel into their own little paradise. A husband and wife who are trying to stop them now have to live with police protection.
Refugees arriving in Austria don’t want to stay and would prefer to go on to Germany. Many of the reasons have to do more with myths than reality, reports Alison Langley from Vienna.
Islamist militant group al- Shabab reportedly overran an African Union military base in southern Somalia early on Tuesday. AMISOM says it never lost control of the base and claims troop morale is high.
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