Australia's pursuit of Vatican documents on pedophile priests is likely to be addressed at a UN torture committee press conference.
Source: AAP 26 NOV 2014 - 5:20 PM
The UN Committee against Torture is this week expected to address the powers of Australia's child abuse royal commission, with implications for Australian-Vatican relations.
The committee will discuss its review into Australia's adherence to the convention against torture in Geneva on Friday.
Abuse survivors campaigner Nicky Davis says she hopes the UN delivers a firm ultimatum.
"I hope the UN CAT very clearly puts the Australian government...
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
The Attorneys General of forty states have inquired about the grand jury process in Pennsylvania. Let's get statewide investigations going in fifty states.
Note to Letter Writers
Use your own words and style of writing. Cut and paste from the templates as you wish. Include your experiences, whether as a survivor or as a member of the community. And relate your letter to the state you were abused in or state now living in.