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.
The UN has made a commitment to reduce the number of people living in poverty by one half before the year 2015. In an unprecedented collaboration, the United Nations, the Bretton Woods Institute (World Band and IMF), the World Trade Organization (WTO), NGOs, and members of civil society, will gather for an International Conference on Financing for Development (Monterrey, Mexico, 18 – 22 March 2002). The UN General Assembly has mandated the Conference to consider “national, international, and systemic issues relating to financing for development…in the context of globalization and interdependence.”
Over the past four years, FI research on the suffering of Colombians and the country’s history of environmental exploitation has raised the question: who benefits from the human rights violations still plaguing the country? With the economic advantage of Colombia’s vast natural resources and strategic geographic position at stake for the government, military, and private businesses, there appears to be an ambiguous collusion to develop a major international trade route in northern Colombia.
Franciscans International and Dominicans for Justice and Peace are extremely alarmed by the brutal and appalling attacks directed against the Christian population—including women, children and the elderly—in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia by Laskar Jihad (Jihad Force), a well-organised, uniformed and heavily armed extremist militia group based in East Java.
Franciscans International and Dominicans for Justice and Peace are extremely
alarmed by the brutal and appalling attacks directed against the Christian
populationincluding women, children and the elderlyin Central
Sulawesi, Indonesia by Laskar Jihad (Jihad Force), a well-organised, uniformed
and heavily armed extremist militia group based in East Java.
Franciscans International and Dominicans for Justice and Peace remain
gravely saddened by the massacre of 16 Christians and a Muslim police
constable on Sunday, 28 October 2001 in St. Dominics Parish, diocese
of Multan in Bahawalpur, Pakistan. At the 9:00 morning service, Pastor
Emmanuel Allah Dita and his Protestant congregationmen, women and
childrenwere gunned down during their prayers and even denied mercy
after pleading for it. Catholics and Protestants of the Church of Pakistan
(including Anglicans, Methodists, Presbyterians, and Lutherans) shared
the church as part of a long-standing ecumenical cooperation.