| Our Presence | Aspects of the 53rd Session
| Conclusions and Recomendations
I. General comments
The Representative of the Dominicans at the UN
Commission on Human Rights, Philippe LeBlanc,
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson expressed concern over the state of affairs in Colombia, contending that the rule of law in the country was in grave jeopardy as a result of the continuing armed conflict, escalation of violence, application of a Law on National Security, lack of a proper administration of justice, and a burgeoning paramilitary threat
The 2002 session of the UN Commission on Human Rights has been dominated by the ongoing crisis in the Middle East, especially the escalating violence in the Occupied Territories. The issue was raised from day one of the Commission and it continues to permeate the debates.
For the second year, Franciscans International and Dominicans for Justice and Peace invited a selected number of diplomats to an informal meeting, which took place at the UN on 11 April 2002, in order to share our concerns about the human rights situation in Pakistan. In particular, the Pakistani members of our group took this opportunity to alert delegates on the violations committed against religious minorities in their country and expressed concern that Pakistan continues to table a resolution on “Defamation of Religions” calling for a specific examination of the situation of Muslim and Arab peoples in various parts of the world.
I speak on behalf of Franciscans International
and Dominicans for Justice and Peace on the issue of long-standing and ongoing
human rights violations in Papua.
Papua, formerly called
Irian Jaya, is the easternmost prov...
On her visit to the Franciscans International Geneva office, Ms. Philippa Hitchen from the Vatican Radio interviewed several Franciscan brothers and sisters from developing countries who came to Geneva to participate in the Commission on Human Rights. While here, Ms. Hitchen met with Vatican official, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, concerning the Israeli Palestinian conflict. Listen to Interview!!
Delegates from nations around the world met in Kyoto, Japan from 1 to 11 December 1997 to compose a treaty to deal with global warming. Kathie Uhler, OSF, and Ignacio Harding, OFM, Co-Directors of Franciscans International, led a delegation from Franciscans International to the conference. On December 5th, Franciscans International held a press conference in Kyoto and issued a Press Release.
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.