Message from Fray Raul Vera Lopez, OP, Bishop of Saltillo (Mexico) at the occasion of the Second National March for Dignity organized by Mothers searching their disappeared sons or daughters and seeking justice.
The Delegation of the Dominican Order submitted a written statement to the 22nd session of the UN Human Rights Council on the Human Rights situation in Pakistan. Children rights, Women's Rights and Education are key issues for the future of the country.
For the first time, the "Minister of Foreign affairs" of the Holy See speaks at the UN Human RIghts Council recalling the Church's commitment to the implementation of fundamental and universal Human Rights worldwide. In his statement, Mgr. Dominique Mamberti recalled the need for the States and people of good will to contribute to the common good by cooperating to the practical implementation of universal, interdependent and interrelated Human Rights. Watch the video now.
L'Ordre des Prêcheurs (Dominicains) s'associe aux inquiétudes formulées par le Saint Siège après une série d'arrêts de la Cour Européenne des droits de l'homme susceptibles de remettre en cause l'exercice par les citoyens européens de leur droit fondamental à la liberté de conscience et de religion.
“The right of conversion and the right not to be forced to convert or reconvert belong to the internal dimension of a person’s religious or belief-related conviction, which is unconditionally protected under international human rights law,” the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Heiner Bielefeldt told the UN General Assembly while presenting his report.
A Justiça revogou a ordem de retirada de 170 índios Guarani-Kaiowá das terras em que habitam no Mato Grosso do Sul. Em carta à opinião pública, eles apelaram: “Pedimos ao Governo e à Justiça Federal para não decretar a ordem de despejo, mas decretar nossa morte coletiva e enterrar nós todos aqui. Nós já avaliamos a nossa situação atual e concluímos que vamos morrer todos, mesmo, em pouco tempo”.
Lahore (Agenzia Fides) - "The news, continually increasing, regarding violence against Christian children are really annoying, disturbing. For Christians, it seems that living in Pakistan is more and more difficult. There are many Christian girls kidnapped, raped and converted to Islam by force and even killed as in the case of Amariah Masih, the 'Maria Goretti of Pakistan'. There are children kidnapped and killed for shady dealings, as the recent case of Sunil Masih or Shazia Bashir. Now the children are also accused of blasphemy, as Rimsha Masih. If children are attacked, it means that a limit of intolerable abuse and inhumanity have been reached": This is what the Dominican Fr. James Channan, OP, Director of "Peace Center" in Lahore, strongly committed to interreligious dialogue says to Fides.
Professor Sergio Pinheiro, President of the UN Independent Commission of Inquiry on Syria delivered an additional "oral update" of his report to the Human Rights Council. The update pointed violence and killings targeting people because of their belonging to religious or ethnic communities. Dominicans recalls their very firm position against any kind of sectarian violence and call all parties to respect civilians populations.
Every four years, the Human RIghts Council of the United Nations is reviewing the implementation of Human Rights obligation by each of the UN Member States. Together with other faith based organizations, the Delegation of the Dominican Order is making a contribution to the second review of Pakistan.