A delegation from Vieques, Puerto Rico presented the case of Vieques, a People under Siege to representatives of the international human rights community at a forum yesterday during the annual session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. The forum was sponsored by Franciscans International and Dominicans for Justice and Peace. The Geneva Office of FIOP was asked by the Dominican and Franciscan Families of Puerto Rico to support the presence at the UN Commission of delegation from Vieques.
UN Commission on Human Rights met in a Special Sitting on the situation in the occupied Palestinian territories and decided to send immediately a visiting mission headed by the High Commissioner for Human Rights to report expeditiously to CHR.
Franciscans International in conjunction with the Franciscan spokesman for the
Custody of the Holy Land wishes to convey its deepest concerns over the deteriortating
situation in the Holy Land. Facts:
Oral intervention delivered
by John Quigley OFM, Director, FI Geneva
Franciscans International and Dominicans
for Justice and Peace believe the right to development is an ongoing process
that is operationali...
On January 16, 2002, the government of Pakistan announced the abolition of the unjust Separate Electorate system and the restoration of the Joint Electorate. It was also announced that the next scheduled election to be held in October 2002 will be held under the new system.
The non-governmental organizaton (NGO), Dominicans for Justice and Peace was granted Special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) at the United Nations. The decision was made unanimously by the UN Committee on NGOs at its Thurday, January 18, 2002 meeting at UN Headquarters in New York City.
Even before walkouts by the American and Israeli delegations, the World Conference Against Racism was characterized by its divisive and uncooperative spirit, stemming primarily from the bitter confrontations over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the contentious issues of colonialism, slavery, and reparations.
The United Nations has designated 1993–2003 the International Decade of the World’s Indigenous People with a specific theme “Indigenous People: Partnership in Action.” In preparation for the Jubilee Year, the Franciscan Movement for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (FMJPIC) in the Philippines, had a creative and practical approach in making indigenous issues, particularly internally displaced persons, their priority.
Franciscans International believes that the remaining military occupation by Israel of Palestinian territories should end by means of a peace treaty between the State of Israel and the independent State of Palestine that would be established on the basis of the same treaty.