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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 29, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Child services asked to co-operate CALGARY co-operation between volunteer organizations and government institutions involved in services handling child abuse problems was urged this weekend by the provincial deputy minister of health and social development. Dr. William Cochrane said the present lack of co- operation between such agencies risks the neglect of certain services that might be of help to abused children. "It might be hoped that such organizations and agencies would see fit to develop greater co-operation with some co-ordination and integration of services occurring in the future..." he said_. Dr. Cochrane told a conference on child abuse that increased public awareness in the last few years has led to Torture files gathering dust UNITED NATIONS (AP) Complaints of arbitrary arrests and tortures are gathering dust in the files of the UN Human Rights Commission, a 32-country agency created in 1946 in re- vulsion at the horror of the Second World War. The commission is a target of growing criticism for failure to speak out against atrocities in many parts of the world. Two former United States delegates to the commission say the state department silenced them when U.S allies were involved A House of Representatives subcom- mittee says Wash- ington has "disregarded human rights to the sake of other assumed interests." In March, the commission finished a winter session assailed by critics as typical pussyfooting. The group voted its perennial condemnation of South African, Rhodesian and Portuguese policies toward blacks and Israeli treatment of Palestinians, but ignored the big human rights from his homeland of Soviet writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn. Worse, in the eyes of critics, was the failure of the commis- sion to take up eight docu- mented tiles laid before it by a subcommission that found in- dications of "a consistent pat- tern of gross violations" of hu- man rights The eight countries involved were Brazil, Northern Ireland, Indonesia, Burundi, Iran, Guyana, Tanzania and Portugal. "We are subjected to one bureaucratic procedure after another, each prolonging prisoners' says Amy Augustus, a 38-year-old Phiiadelphian who heads the U.S. section of Amnesty International, a non- governmental organization that investigates mistreatment of political prisoners around the world. But Miss Augustus adds that sometimes "quiet diplomacy is performed at the very highest levels" of.the UN Secretariat on behalf of political prisoners. She estimates at least persons are imprisoned throughout the world for political reasons. Some of the most grapic ac- cusations of torture appear in the Brazilian file. Amnesty In- ternational named 472 Brazilian guards, soldiers and policemen as torturers in cases. Brazilian officials do not comment publicly about 1 torture, even when church groups of defence lawyers bring up the subject. Judges at political trials strike allegations of torture from trial records as "not rele- vant But several top officials concede privately that there have been on any police and contend much has been done to stop them. The London-based Anti-Sal- very Society documented for the commission charges against Tanzania. It said four teen-aged girls. Tanzanian citizens of the Persian minority on Zanzibar Island, on Sept. 6, 1970, were dragged by soldiers, screaming and protesting, from their homes. GIRLS 'MARRIED' Still weeping and trying to resist, they were declared married to four officials, including a cabinet minister, at a chaotic ceremony guarded by troops at the headquarters of the ruling Afro-Shirazi party, the report said Fathers and brothers who protested the forced marriages were thrown into jail, beaten and flogged, it continued, and the girls were under virtual house arrest for the next years. Many of the details came from three of the girls who escaped last year and now live in Iran. Some close followers of hu- man rights affairs said the failure of the commission to take up such matters was scandalous. ''We play the game somewhat as the Russians play the Morris Abram, U.S. delegate to the commission from 1965 to 1968, told a reporter. "If a country is your friend or allied with you we don't lower the boom." UN Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim has repeatedly ex- pressed concern about the weakness of UN machinery on human rights In his latest re- port to the membership, he called the situation "an area where the credibility of the United Nations is at stake." Waldheim noted that the difficulty lies in "reconciling tlhe sovereign jurisdiction of member states with the principles laid down in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights." The 30-article document, adopted by the General Assembly in Paris in 1948. covers a broad range, including the statement that "no one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile." legislation which has helped protect children from injury and frightening experiences. The legislation included the establishment of a registry for recording all reports of child abuse in Alberta. It empowered the director of child welfare for the province to investigate reports ;is he considered necessary. Dr. Cochrane said that since the inception of the registry early this year, there have been more than reported cases of child abuse Among them, 152 could be classified as battering or suspected battering. Those reporting the information of child abuse were predominantly neighbors, with school a close second, he said "The mother, interestingly enough, reported the situation in some 18 cases (of the 152 classified as battering or suspected battering) with the lather reporting in three cases." Ten cases were reported by physicians, nine by hospitals and 11 by social workers. Babysitters reported five cases. IDENTITY The actual abuser was identified as the mother in 50 cases and the father in 45 cases In 15 cases, the person responsible was not known Six of the cases were due to a baby sitter and in 11 cases by both parents. Only three cases were reported to be due to siblings. The department of health and social development has 52 of the cases under investigation and 36 of them have resulted in counselling at home. Dr. Cochrane said. The official said it is important to have an effective follow-up program to ensure that the child is protected Irorn further abuse. "It is also important to restore those families that are capable of rehabilitation and to encourage the community to meet its obligations to its children." Monday, April 29, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGC HERALD 5 Former agent says CIA aids cardinals ROME (Reuter) A iormer agent of the United States central Intelligence Agency is quoled as saying the CIA gave funds to Pope Paul to support his charity work before he was elected to the Roman Catholic pontificate. The weekly Italian news magazine Panorama quotes the agent, Victor Marchetti, described as an important CIA official who left the service in 1969. as saying m an interview that the then Giovanni Battista Cardinal Montini was one of several bishops and cardinals who received funds irom the CIA. "It is possible that Cardinal Montini did not know where the money was coming Marchetti is quoted as saying. "Perhaps he thought it came from friends in the United Stales or from the U.S. government." Asked why the CIA supported Cardinal Montini with money, the former agent is said to have replied: "They supported him because he patronized orphanages. SEE THE LENS THAT DARKENS IN THE SUNLIGHT (VARIGRAY) Tills not solution' OTTAWA (CP) The use of tranquilizers in the treatment of patients suffering from anxiety is not always the best solution, says an Ottawa psychiatrist Dr. F. H. Lowy. head of the psychiatry section of the Ot- tawa Civic Hospital, told a meeting of family practioners here Friday night that doctors should try to help patients try- ing to cope with everyday pressures with the voice of reason "A couple of half-hour con- sulting visits a month will be more use to a patient than two years on he said Bright outlook A workman at the C.H. Kempton and Co., plant in London, sprays paint on a Victorian-style gas street lamp, which are coming back into favor. Borough councils in London are gradually bringing back the gas lamps to replace concrete electric lamposts partly because of the energy crisis and partly because they are more in character with the streets of old London. CLOSING OUT SALE! The Clothes Cache EVERYTHING MUST GO We Specialize In H.I.S., Lee ana G.W.G. Also Top Quality Used Clothing. 309-5th St. S. Phone 329-3131 .ONLY 2 DAYS LEFT Don't get behind the "8-ball" on your INCOME TAX STOP and think. 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