II. Our presence at the Commission on Human Rights
The Dominican presence at the United Nations has been discussed since the early nineties. At that time, the Dominican Leadership Conference had considered the possibility of Dominicans being present at the UN to express their charism as an influence for shaping the emerging world order. In 1996, the General Council of the Friars Preachers decided to establish a presence at the UN Commission on Human Rights in Geneva and to focus on human rights issues in places where Dominicans have an involvement. The purpose of the presence at the Commission is:
- 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 the issue of human rights violations worldwide;
- to provide an international forum for members of the Dominican family who are active in the field of human rights and social justice to advocate on behalf of victims of human rights violations;
- to work collaboratively with NGOs in the field and in partnership with Franciscans International.