UN Demand Vatican Release Ireland’s Secret Adoption Records

The United Nations has assailed the Vatican once again, demanding they release Ireland’s hidden adoption records.

The European think-tank called on the Holy See to “help birth parents locate children who were taken from them for adoption out of Catholic institutions like the Magdalene Laundries in Ireland.”

Susan Lohan, of Ireland’s Adoption Rights Alliance, has said that it is this caveat which is at risk of being overlooked.

“Irish politicians have hoped that people would confuse the issue of the state-funded Mother and Baby Homes with that of the Magdalene Laundries and think it resolved,” she added. “We will not tolerate more of their “deny “til we die” strategy, we want appropriate legislation now.”

Currently adoption agencies have the right to discretion, meaning that people who are adopted have no right to information regarding their adoption. Adopted people also have no legal right to their birth certificate.

Ms Lohan estimates that there are up to 60,000 records detailing the practice of illegal adoption, and calls for the “continued denial of the rights of at least 60,000 adopted people and an almost equal number of mothers” to be reversed.

For more on this story, go to: http://thecircular.org/un-demand-vatican-release-irelands-secret-adoption-records/

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