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 A Catholic charity says it’s been censored and de-platformed by Facebook without explanation in connection with the group’s recent petition drive calling for greater efforts to stop the abduction and forced conversion and marriage of Christian women and girls in Islamic countries.

Con sede en Londres Axuda á Igrexa necesitada do Reino Unido lanzou a súa campaña cunha serie de anuncios de Facebook a principios de novembro.

The organization’s effort was held in conjunction with the release of its new report, titled “Hear Her Cries,” que detalla o abuso desenfrenado e amplamente ignorado de mulleres e nenas cristiás ou membros doutros grupos minoritarios relixiosos a mans dos extremistas islámicos en Nixeria, Mozambique, Iraq, Siria, Exipto e Paquistán.

Within a week, on Nov. 10, Facebook notified the charity that the social media giant was sharply curtailing the number of ads the group could post. The notice didn’t specify a reason.
“This is because too many ads were hidden or reported for ad accounts associated with this business. People hide and report ads because they find them to be offensive, misleading, sexually inappropriate, violent, about a sensitive topic or for other reasons,” the notice states.

 The picture shows the advertisement that Aid to the Church in Need UK posted on Facebook in support of the charity’s petition drive to help women and girls who are abducted and forced to convert and marry Islamic men. Courtesy of Aid to the Church in Need UK.
A organización benéfica di que tamén perdeu o acceso á plataforma de mensaxería instantánea WhatsApp e Instagram, ambas propiedade de Facebook.

Desde que se impuxeron as restricións, Aid to the Church in Need UK di que tentou, sen éxito, obter unha explicación de Facebook. O máis preto que o grupo estivo de recibir unha resposta foi un correo electrónico no que se indicaba que o asunto estaba a ser revisado.

“We totally understand the urgency on this matter and how important this is for you, but such situations require a detailed investigation and solution, and considering the circumstances, we can not offer a time limit,” reads the email, sent by “Alex” from “Facebook Concierge Support.”John Pontifex, the charity’s head of press and information, told CNA that Facebook’s action effectively “killed” the group’s petition campaign, which wound up garnering 3,210 signatures. That total was about one-quarter of what the charity anticipated, based on the results of a prior petition drive, he said. Pontifex delivered the petitions on Dec. 15 to Fiona Bruce, a Member of Parliament who is Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s special envoy for religious freedom.


Nun comunicado, Neville Kyrke-Smith, director nacional de Aid to the Church in Need UK, criticou a Facebook polas súas accións.
 “We are horrified that our campaign which aims to help suffering women has been censored in such a draconian manner,” he said.
“By claiming to have banned our advert for violating its guidelines, but refusing to say which guidelines or how, Facebook have made themselves judge, jury and executioner.”
Kyrke-Smith continuou acusando a Facebook de axudar e propiciar os abusos que a organización benéfica está intentando deter.
“By curbing this campaign, they are silencing these women twice over,” he said. “They are silenced when they are seized from their homes and forced to live with their abductors, and have now been silenced again by Facebook.”

Another human rights advocate focused on the problem of human trafficking and child marriage called Facebook’s actions toward Aid to the Church in Need “troubling.”
“Sadly, violence against women is a human rights abuse that transcends cultural, ethnic, and religious divides. Aid to the Church in Need’s work to stop sexual violence against women unifies and amplifies the voices of religious minority groups spanning Hindu, Yazidi, and Christian communities,” Laura Bramon Hassan, executive director of Philomena Project, told CNA.

“Facebook UK’s decision to attack this coalition for highlighting the plight of one group is perplexing and troubling,” she said.

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