To a Treaty prohibiting arms transfer in case of Human or Humanitarian violations ?

Archbishop Francis Chullikatt, Holy See permanent observer to the United Nations in New York, issued a statement calling for the adoption of a treaty banning the transfer of arms when violations of humanitarian or human rights are taking place. The statement was read during the Final Conference of the UN's Arms Trade Treaty, which is taking place in New York until 28 March.

In his message, the unucio urged “delegations to work together in a consensual manner in order to achieve a historic treaty to control the international trade in arms.” He recalled that, since the start of negotiations, the Holy See has called for “a strong, effective and credible Arms Trade Treaty which will have a real and lasting impact on all people longing to live in a more secure and safe world”.

Responsible Juvenile Justice : Dominicans calls the UN and Member States to take action

The administration of juvenile justice in many countries faces various challenges, including punitive approach negative impacts as well as lack of quantitative and qualitative indicators to measure, evaluate and monitor progress made. Dominicans call the UN and Member States to take action.

Update of Human Rights in Sri Lanka : Follow up of the UPR process

Togather with several other faith based organizations, the Dominican Délégation to the United Nations expresses its views on four key human rights issues in Sri Lanka: 1) Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs); 2) Peace and Reconciliation; 3) the Rights of the child; 4) Persons with disabilities.

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The Holy See's "Minister for Foreign Affairs" speaks at the UN Human Rights Council

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. 

A new Website for the Plateforme on the Right to Education

Un nouvel outil pour le plaidoyer en faveur du Droit à l'éducation. En lien avec une trentaine d'organisations non gouvernementales. Les Dominicains contribuent à la mise en place d'un nouveau site Internet destiné à l'échange et à la diffusion d'information sur la défense et la promotion du Droit à l'éducation auprès des Organisations internationales.

Massive killing of civilians in Democratic Republic of Congo

Une enquête de l'ONU sur la situation des droits de l'homme dans le sud du Masisi dans la province du Nord-Kivu, République démocratique du Congo, a révélé qu'au moins 264 civils, dont 83 enfants, ont été arbitrairement exécutés par des groupes armés au cours de plus de 75 attaques de villages entre avril et septembre de cette année

The right to keep or change one’s beliefs at the UN general Assembly

“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.

Declaration on International Solidarity at the United Nations

Even in the midst of a global recession, there is a real need of seeking the common good and making real the concept of the family of nations as well as finding innovative ways to implement responsibilities for respecting, protecting and fulfilling human rights worldwide. This is what the concept of International Solidarity is about.

Dominicans : Fight against Extreme poverty should become a legal obligations

Together with 18 Civil society's organizations, the Dominican Order advocates in favor of the inclusion of the Draft Guiding Principals on Extreme Poverty as an integral part of International Law

PAKISTAN - "Too many Christian children victims of violence": Dominicans appeal to the government and the UN

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.

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