Orlando RUEDA ACEVEDO
Around the world, populations are facing human rights and humanitarian crises that need a quick response from the international community. The primary work of Dominicans for Justice and Peace is to engage in long term strategies at the UN to ensure that human rights are effectively promoted and defended. However, when an emergency situation requiring international attention arises, the organization ensures that the necessary visibility is given to it. It thus hopes to provide the international community with reliable information coming from the ground, to strengthen the work of credible local leaders in addressing the root causes of the crisis and to promote peace building efforts. With this type of response, the organization offers a channel of communication between those working on the ground and the actors of the international community and ensures that possible strategies to contribute to solutions are shared.
Top photo: Protests in Brazil ©
Side photo: Dominicans in a protest in Pakistan ©
Everyday, in all parts of the world, people suffer from the adverse impacts of business activities. The increasing number of human rights violations committed by businesses has emerged as a pressing issue at the global level. Typical corporate human rights violations range from child labor, unsafe working conditions, restrictions on trade unions rights, destruction of the environment, adverse effects on the rights to health and to an adequate standard of living, etc. In particular, these abuses affect vulnerable groups, most notably, indigenous peoples. More and more, Dominicans are confronted by these problems at the local level and attempt to bring support to affected communities and individuals.
Dominicans for Justice and Peace articulates its action around this issue in particular by:
- challenging the impunity of corporations;
- calling for effective remedies for victims;
- countering activities contributing to climate change and the destruction of the environment;
- promoting indigenous people’s rights and;
- addressing human trafficking.
Top photo: Haitians working in sugar cane fields in the Dominican Republic ©
Side photo: Sebastian Pichler (Unsplash) ©
Many Dominicans live in countries affected by war, conflicts and violence. In Burundi, Colombia, the Philippines, Democratic Republic of Congo and Pakistan, just to name a few, Dominicans are involved in conflict resolution and peace-building processes. Dominicans for Justice and Peace is intent on supporting these efforts at the UN level by:
- addressing root causes of conflicts;
- denouncing human rights violations in states and regions in conflict;
- supporting victims of conflicts and;
- promoting concrete steps for peace building, such as the restoration and maintenance of security, the promotion of good governance and the improvement in the protection of vulnerable people.
Top photo: In the street in Central African Republic ©
Side photo: Children in a peace demonstration in Pakistan ©