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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Friday, May 13, 2011

SNAP responds to Amnesty International Report naming Vatican

Amnesty International Report names Vatican in 2011 report of human rights violations

Holy See joins list that includes Lybia, China and Nigeria

Statement by: Peter Isely, SNAP Midwest Director, 414.429.7259

The world’s largest human rights organization, Amnesty International, has named the Vatican in its annual global report today for failing to protect children from abuse and not complying with international mandates to protect children. (link to Vatican page of the report:

The Vatican joins the list this year of such infamous human rights violators such as China, Lybia and Nigeria.

The Amnesty report documents torture and other ill-treatment in at least 98 countries, specific restrictions on free speech in at least 89 countries, reports on unfair trials in at least 54 countries and highlights cases of prisoners of conscience in at least 48 countries.

Specifically the Vatican is named for not removing alleged perpetrators from their posts pending proper investigations, not cooperating with judicial authorities to bring them to justice and not ensuring proper reparation to victims

"Canon law does not include an obligation for church authorities to report cases to civil authorities for criminal investigation. Secrecy is mandatory throughout the proceedings," according to the report.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 23 years and have more than 10,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests