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.

Mexico : Dominicans supports mining workers


 La Red TDT apoya la defensa de los ejidatarios de La Sierrita y de los trabajadores mineros de sus derechos humanos

La Platosa, Durango, México. El día de hoy, representantes de la La Red Nacional de Organismos Civiles de Derechos Humanos “Todos los Derechos para Todas y Todos” (Red TDT) acudieron al plantón pacífico que mantienen los ejidatarios de La Sierrita y trabajadores de la Sección 309 en su lucha por la defensa a los derechos humanos a la tierra, el territorio y a la libre asociación sindical.

HE Bishop Charles Morerod OP at the United Nations : Dialogue, Culture and Religion

Contribution de Mgr. Charles Morerod, Dominicain, évêque de Lausanne, Genève et Fribourg lors de la réunion organisée dans le cadre de la 20ème session plénière du Conseil des Droits de l'Homme de l'ONU, par les Missions permanentes du Saint-Siège, du Royaume du Maroc, de la Grèce, de l'Ordre de Malte ainsi que par le Forum des ONG Catholique dont Dominicans for Justice et Paix est membre, et le Centre catholique d'étude de Genève.

Update on Human Rights in Syria at the United Nations

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.

(See attachment for full statement)

Rio + 20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development

Rio+20, taking place this month in Rio de Janeiro, aims to secure renewed political commitment for sustainable development, assess progress made and remaining gaps in the implementation of the outcomes of the major summits on sustainable development, and address new and emerging challenges. In a unique decision, the UN has invited all stakeholders (governments, intergovernmental agencies, and civil society) to contribute to a working document as the basis for the outcome document of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, also known as Rio+20.

For a fair treatment of Faith based Organizations fighting HIV-AIDS

The Promotion and Protection of the Right to Health of People Living with HIV: The Engagement of Faith-Inspired Organizations should be recognized and equaly supported by public authorities.

Read the attached Joint Statement from the Delegation of the Dominican Order to the United Nations together with other Faith based Organizations.

Implementing the Right to Development

Orall statement on the contribution of the Delegation of the Dominican Order together with the working group on Right to Development within the Forum of Catholic-Inspired NGOs-Geneva for the consultation on the criteria and sub-criteria for the implementation of the Right to development at the 13th United Nations' Intergovernmental Working Group on Right to Development.

Timor Leste : Dominicans intervention during UPR

After four years, Timor Leste presented its second Report to the Universal Periodic Report working group of the UN Human Rights Council. The Delegation of the Dominican Order to the United Nations made an oral statement especially regarding the issue of education.

Dominican's Joint contribution on the Right to Development

Joint contribution on criteria and operational sub-criteria for the implementation of the Right to Development for the 13th session of the Intergovernmental Working Group-April 2012