CCR Updates Evidence in Its ICC Filing Against Catholic Church

by Julian Ku

Ben Davis sends me this update on the new evidence submitted to the International Criminal Court against the Catholic Church.

Today, a survivor-led support group for sex abuse victims, which is under attack by U.S. Catholic officials, submitted to the International Criminal Court (ICC) new and extensive documentation that the organization says shows ongoing child rape by Catholic clergy and continuing cover-ups by bishops and Vatican officials. The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) says the new evidence, submitted by SNAP’s attorneys at the Center for Constitutional Rights, underscores the urgent need to prevent future child sex crimes and cover-ups and hold church officials accountable for widespread

I assume that this new evidence is part of the difficult case for the clergy-abuse-victims at the ICC, especially in trying to establish that the abuses were a “crime against humanity.”  As I (and a bunch of commenters) suggested here back in September, this is a difficult, longshot case.  But the evidence is quite powerful, even if I still don’t see how it quite fits the legal requirements for ICC jurisdiction.

http://opiniojuris.org/2012/04/16/ccr-updates-evidence-in-its-icc-filing-against-catholic-church/

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