Dominicans for Justice and Peace (Order of Preachers) was created in 1998 by the International Dominican Justice and Peace Commission and was endorsed by the General Council of the Order of Preachers as a permanent presence of the Order at the United Nations. Dominicans for Justice and Peace is a non-profit NGO dedicated to the promotion of justice and peace in the world and to the promotion and protection of human rights for all, which is an integral element of the Order’s mission to preach the Truth.
Since the Order was founded in 1216, the promotion of justice, peace, and human rights has always featured strongly in its activities. Particularly in the 16th Century, Fr. Bartolomé de las Casas and Fr. Antonio de Montesinos defended the rights of indigenous people in Latin America. Based on their experience, Fr. Francisco de Vitoria and the Salamanca School in Spain established the theoretical foundations of the Law of Nations - the basis of modern International Law. Hence, the presence of Dominicans for Justice and Peace at the United Nations is in continuity with the tradition of the Order.
Dominicans for Justice and Peace hopes to contribute to the ongoing promotion of social justice and protection against human rights violations worldwide. The presence of the Dominicans at the UN aims at liaising with members of the Dominican family worldwide, encouraging them and increasing their capacity to advocate for the promotion and protection of human rights at the international level.
Top Photo: Dominican Convent in Salamanca, Spain ©
Side Photo: Fr. Mike Deeb speaking at the Dominican Congress on justice and peace ©