Franciscans International and Dominicans for Justice and Peace wish to alert
the Sub- Commission to the impact on children of armed conflicts and international
sanctions. We also wish to express our appreciation for the Sub-Commission's
Dominicans and Franciscans again asked the United Nations to bring an end to economic sanctions against Iraq. Their statement asked the international community to take all means possible to bring an end to the sanctions which weigh heavily
on the children of Iraq and to guarantee the respect of the rules of international
humanitarian law in their regard. The same plea has also been made by Pope John
Paul II and by the Synod of Bishops of Asia in 1998.
The statement that we presented at the Commission echoed the reflections that
emerged during our seminar "Europe: an Area of Freedom, Security and Justice?"
organized with the ICMC. The respect of human dignity, inalienable, indivisible
The joint statement, that we-cosigned under this agenda item, reflected the deliberations
of other NGOs, who like ourselves, were involved in the women's caucus that met
daily during the whole session of the Commission.
Franciscans International and the Dominicans for Justice and
Peace expressed their concern about the increased number of violations committed
by the armed forces in
Mexico, especially in the States of Chiapas, Guerrero and Oaxaca against indi...
In our interventions, we stated that the effective functioning
of human rights mechanisms requires the cooperation and assistance of all those
involved in the process. Unfortunately,
many governments act as though the protection of human righ...
Franciscans International and Dominicans for Justice and Peace stated that, in Pakistan, religious minorities are increasingly the targets of bigotry, which is often instigated by extremist forces. The lack of political will on the part of the government t...
In all regions of the world, human rights defenders are often confronted with
a complex variety of brutal and subtle forms of repression. For many years,
the Commission has heard how human rights defenders and their organizations
have been subj...
FI and Dominicans for Justice and Peace, in conjunction with
the Justice Promoters of the Dominican Order in the USA, stated that children
are often the most vulnerable victims of war and suffer when sanctions are imposed
on a country fol...
We highlighted that an average of 12 people in Colombia are victims of socio-political
violence every day. In 1999, in the category of trade unionists alone, 69 people
were assassinated, 33 were disappeared and 676 received death threats. Also,