Dominicans for Justice and Peace (Order of Preachers) is a faith-based non-profit and non-governmental organization representing the Order of Preachers (Dominicans) at the United Nations (UN). The Dominican Order is composed of men and women from more than 120 countries involved in many areas of activity, including education, health, advocacy for victims of human rights violations and support for people in precarious living conditions.
In line with the Order’s mission to bring Good News, the organization is animated by the desire to deepen the commitment and strengthen the capacity of Dominicans and their partners around the world in finding peaceful solutions to conflicts, in addressing the root causes of various contemporary challenges, in promoting and protecting the integrity of Creation and human rights for all, and in bringing justice to people whose rights have been violated.
Dominicans for Justice and Peace (Order of Preachers) was created in 1998 by the International Dominican Commission for Justice and Peace 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 through the promotion and protection of the integrity of Creation and of human rights for all, as an integral element of the Order’s mission to seek truth and to bring Good News.
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.
The general objective of Dominicans for Justice and Peace (Order of Preachers) is to support and deepen the engagement of Dominicans in working for justice and peace through an active presence at the United Nations.
The specific objectives are to:
•accompany and empower Dominicans and their partners on the ground in the defence and promotion of human rights, the integrity of Creation and the common good, by providing the necessary tools to work with the United Nations;
•advocate in the United Nations for the issues addressed by Dominicans at all levels, by highlighting especially abuses in the fields of human rights and the environment;
•provide a Dominican contribution, as a civil society actor, to strengthening the work of the United Nations and to deepening the reflection on key contemporary issues.
Top Photo: Dominican Convent in Salamanca, Spain ©
Side Photo: Fr. Mike Deeb speaking at the Dominican Congress on justice and peace ©