An eight-year-old boy was left for dead in a hotel carpark, after his father and aunt attempted an exorcism on him, believing he was possessed by evil spirits, a court on the outskirts of Paris heard this week.
The boy, who was born in Cameroon, was found “cold, frightened and covered in bruises” by a warden at the carpark of a hotel in Yvelines, west of Paris, in the early hours of Saturday morning, French daily Le Parisien reported.
Both the boy’s father, aged 33, and aunt, aged 24, have admitted to beating the child. His aunt told local family division police investigators they attacked the boy and abandoned him because, “he was bewitched”, according to a source quoted by France 3 TV.
The boy himself told investigators that he had suffered physical abuse by his aunt since she arrived from Cameroon at the end of February. The woman had become suspicious of her nephew, and wanted to rid him of “evil spirits”, before baptizing him.
“He was forced to hold out his arms and tilt his head back,” said one police officer. “While his aunt beat him with a bat, his father whipped him with a belt,” the officer told France 3.
For the last fourteen years at least 30,000 Japanese have killed themselves annually. Why?
Last month in Osaka, a high school student, and captain of his basketball team, hung himself one day after he told his mother that he had been struck 30 or 40 times by his coach. This is one of many such similar incidents that have occurred in Japan over the past few decades in which verbal or physical abuse has pushed the victim to take his or her own life. Faced with the choice of enduring ongoing persecution, bullying, or high stress encounters with others, a significant number of Japanese choose to end their own lives. Indeed, in Japan suicide is seen as, along with bullying, one of the major social issues facing the country.
A pedophile ring within a Catholic religious order in Victoria subjected boys as young as seven to pack rapes and severe beatings and covered up two killings, a victims’ advocate claims.
Wayne Chamley, a researcher with victims’ group Broken Rites, alleges The Hospitaller Order of St John of God, which operated two institutions in Victoria from 1952 to 1986, harboured up to 15 pedophiles who subjected orphans, state wards and intellectually disabled boys to sexual and physical abuse.
Two boys may have died as a result of severe beatings, and one of them had been thrown down a staircase, according to witness statements by former inmates received by Broken Rites.
Dr Chamley told a Victorian parliamentary inquiry into clergy sex abuse on Friday that two boys who had been subjected to continual sexual and physical abuse were incarcerated in a mental asylum after they managed to escape the home.
In its 31-page report, China Labor Watch alleges that HEG, which manufactures mobile phones, MP3 players, stereo equipment and other devices for Samsung, has committed the following violations:
Employing Underage Workers: Undercover CLW investigators say they identified seven workers under the age of 16 who were employed in HEG’s packing department. The report states that HEG never checked the workers’ IDs to make sure they were of legal age after they were referred from a local technical school. According to CLW, after HEG discovered that it was employing underage workers, it moved them to an off-campus dormitory to avoid detection.
Physical Abuse: According to CLW, HEG workers who make any kind of mistake are subject to severe punishments, including being hit or forced to stand all day. The report states:
The management are abusive during work, sometimes hitting workers on the factory floor. Any carelessness, such as slow movements, misoperation, or late completion of team leaders’ orders could provoke the shouting of team leaders at anytime. Everyday, employees in the workshops were punished by standing all day long, writing self-criticism, or getting fined.
Failing to Treat or Compensate for Work-Related Injuries: CLW interviewed a female worker who claimed to be just 14 years old and told investigators that, after she fell on the stairs in April and hurt herself, HEG not only failed to treat her injury but also refused a request for sick leave and deducted six days from her pay for the time she missed. When she was ill in May and her sick leave was denied, she had three days pay deducted as penalty. This worker was later fired.
Excessive Overtime: According to the report, workers were forced to work 11 hours per day for six days a week and those on the production line might be forced to stand for 11 hours in a row. Night shift workers are given just one meal break during an 11-hour shift.
Fines for Reporting Problems: CLW reports that workers who report product defects are fined severely, just for catching problems:
According to the rules, a worker that discovers defects in the Samsung products will be rewarded by the company. But in reality , it never rewards employees; rather, it punishes them for reporting defects. Workers will be imposed a fine of 200 RMB ($31.7) each time they find a defect, and the fine was increased to 500 RMB ($79.4) beginning in March 2012. Evenmore, employees can face termination for finding defects.
Dangerous Conditions: According to CLW, workers at the HEG plant are regularly exposed to ethyl alcohol, but are only allowed to get new protective gloves once per day. Temperatures in the workshops become extremely hot and workers are not provided with so much as a first aid kit in either workshops or dormitories. “The company essentially offers no medical protection measures,” CLW wrote.
Overall, CLW concluded that “working conditions at HEG are well below those general conditions in Apple’s supplier factories.” It looks like Samsung could have a controversy brewing.
This story will not get anywhere near as much publicity as the claims against Apple, unfortunately, but it more than backs up what I’ve been saying all along - every single device manufacturer that uses Chinese factories is suspect. This is just another example of how things are done in China.
A man was charged Friday with assaulting a 4-year-old boy weeks earlier, a day after the missing child’s body was found under the porch at the youngster’s home on a mid-Michigan Indian reservation.
Anthony Bennett, 20, was charged in a federal criminal complaint in Bay City, where he was expected to appear in court. He is not charged in the death of Carnel Chamberlain, but the complaint details the reported physical abuse of the child.
Bennett reportedly had consulted with an attorney after Carnel was reported missing, but no lawyer is on record in the case.
Carnel was reported missing on June 21 while in the care of Bennett on the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe reservation, near Mount Pleasant. Carnel’s mother was at work.
For days, investigators searched woods, ponds and the tribe’s wastewater treatment areas to no avail. Carnel’s body was discovered on Thursday under a wood porch or deck at his single-story home, said Kevin Chamberlain, who is a cousin of Carnel’s mother, Jaimee Chamberlain.
What do Saudi women want? I wish I could give you an easy answer. But Saudi Arabia is a diverse land — spread out across a vast territory almost a fourth the size of the United States and divided by religious sects and among some 45 tribes. Divining the Saudi people’s demands, never mind those of Saudi women, is no simple task.
By law, every Saudi woman has a male guardian. At birth, the guardianship is given to her father and then upon marriage to her husband. If a woman is a widow, her guardianship is given to her son — meaning that she would need her own son’s permission for the majority of her interactions with the government, including the right to travel abroad. Legal recourse is difficult to obtain, especially because abuse is only recognized when it’s physical abuse. Even then, the Saudi justice system is patriarchal, bordering on the misogynistic. For example, to this day the Justice Ministry has not issued a law banning child marriage, leaving the decision at the discretion of the girl’s father.
You would think that women living under these conditions would long for liberty, independence, and civil rights. Many do — as this year’s driving campaign makes clear. However, it’s just not that simple. Millions of others are still not sure they are ready for change. Some explain their indecision as a fear that they might have to assume responsibilities they are incapable of undertaking. One fellow Saudi tells me that she sees what women have to put up with abroad: “I see how American women have to run around the city running errands, and I don’t want to open that door. As long as women driving is banned, no one will have these expectations for me,” she says.
In fact, Saudi Arabia may be even more conservative than most outsiders think. There are some who are not only passively happy with the status quo but also loud in their resistance to any form of change. In 2009, a Jeddah woman named Rawdah Al-Yousif, in collaboration with members of the royal family, organized a campaign to strengthen the guardianship system. It was called “My Guardian Knows What’s Best for Me.” They urged the king not to give in to local activists and international human rights organizations regarding the guardianship system. Another campaign gathered thousands of signatures from both men and women calling for the extension of gender segregation laws to hospitals — the same segregation laws that have led to Saudi women only making up 15 percent of the national workforce and an unemployment rate for women so high that the government won’t release the numbers. The only public places where these laws are not enforced are malls and hospitals. Yet there are Saudis who would like to see segregation even there.