Dominicans for Justice and Peace was created in 1998 by the Order of Preachers (Dominicans, OP) as a permanent presence at the United Nations as part of the ministry to give witness to the Gospel message at the frontiers, especially focusing on the challenge of justice and peace in the world; to contribute to the ongoing discourse on social justice and human rights violations worldwide; to provide an international forum for members of the Dominican family who are active in these fields to advocate on behalf of victims of human rights violations; to work with NGO in the field and in partnership with Franciscans International (FI). In January 2002, our NGO Dominicans for Justice and Peace (Order of Preachers) received Special Consultative Status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations.
Our Historical Partners:
in New York:
We shared for 10 years a joint office and worked together with Franciscans International in Geneva. Our major partners and collaborators are brothers and sisters in the field who are active in promoting and defending human rights in many parts of the world. We also collaborate with the office of the Dominican Leadership Conference at the United Nations in New York.
The Order has a long history of activity in human rights. In the 16th Century, Fray Francisco de Vitoria and the Salamanca School in Spain established the theoretical foundations of the modern problematic of human rights. In the same century, Fray Bartolome de las Casas and Fray Montesinos championed the rights of indigenous people in Latin America. Our presence at the United Nations is consistent with the tradition of the Order.
In 1997, the General Council of the Order of Preachers approved the establishment of a permanent presence at the United Nations. The purpose of the Order's Delegation is:
- to provide a greater capacity of advocacy for human rights violations;
- to promote networking and collaboration between Dominican friars and sisters working in this area;
- to respond to the requests from the international community for interventions on the part of the two Families on issues of justice and peace.
Further, it serves as a place to give witness to the Gospel message at the frontiers, to speak truth to the world community and to participate in the ongoing discourse on social justice and human rights.
|NGOs are Non-Governmantal Organizations working within the United Nations. As such, they are independent of governments and can have a different view of human rights violations within a country.|
|ECOSOC is a organ of the UN that coordinates economic and social responsibilities for the General Assembly and consults with NGOs. Having ECOSOC status allows the Dominicans to speak out at the Human Rights Commission, but not to vote.|