We have intervened every year since 1997 on the situation of religious intolerance
and discrimination on the basis of religion in Pakistan and we again expressed
our strong concern about the Blasphemy Laws and the Separate Electorate system.
In our statement on Mexico, we recognized that the recent presidential election
in Mexico has re-affirmed the principle of alternation which is one of the key
aspects of democratic societies. We also noted that the President-elect of Mexico
Franciscans International and Dominicans for Justice and Peace wish to express
their concern over the continual failure of international actors to recognize
and implement the rights of indigenous peoples. In particular, measures must
be taken ...
Franciscans International and Dominicans for Justice and Peace continue to
be concerned about the inequality of opportunities available to people of different
cultures for their development and the realization of their full dignity as
Franciscans International and Dominicans for Justice and Peace again draw
the attention of the Sub-Commission to the issue of religious intolerance and
discrimination on the basis of religion. Religious intolerance remains at the
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...