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

Right to peace: an emerging concept

At the 8th Human Rights Council Advisory Committee of the United Nations, Dominicans contributed to the work of the platform promoting the Human Rights to Peace.

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Pope's message for Peace 2012

The Message, entitled “Educating Young People in Justice and Peace”, which was made public on 8 December, conveys His Holiness’ conviction of the importance of the duty that we all share to educate the young in promoting justice and peace. There is indeed an urgent need in the world today to listen to and enhance the significant role of new generations in the realization of the common good, and in the affirmation of a just and peaceful social order where fundamental human rights can be fully expressed and realized.

 The Pope invites young people to keep alert in today’s troubled world and to seek justice and peace even if it implies opposing the general trend, because peace is not only a blessing to receive but an objective that we should all strive to attain.

Publication of UNESCO 2011 Report "The hidden crisis: Armed conflict and education"

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization publishes its 2011 Report on Children in Armed conflicts

An appeal from the bishops of Iraq to the Catholics of France

In a text entitled "Appeal to our brothers in France," the bishops of Iraq testify to their faith and their hope, following the attack at a church in Baghdad October 31, 2010. "Stay with us" they ask.

Sexual violence : What next after adoption of Res.1888 by the UN Security Council?

Sexual Violence as a War Tactic - Security Council Resolution 1888: Next Steps - "When implemented, resolution 1888 will equip the UN system with an arsenal of measures to combat sexual violence ..."

Flottille humanitaire - Les Dominicains appellent à la levée du blocus contre Gaza

A l'occasion de l'adoption d'une résolution sur l'attaque contre la flottille humanitaire de Gaza, les Dominicains et plusieurs organisations catholiques appellent à la levée du blocus et à la reprise des négociations

Secretary-General 'shocked' by deadly raid on Gaza aid flotilla

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed his shock at the deadly raid on boats loaded with relief supplies headed for Gaza, calling on Israel to fully explain its actions.

Iraq : Persecution of Christians : Government must assume responsibility

Reiterating the declaration of the bishops of Mossul, the Dominican Order calls upon government authorities to take responsibility for putting an end to systematic crimes against Christians

GAZA: UN mission finds evidence of war crimes by both sides in Gaza conflict

The United Nations fact-finding mission on the Gaza conflict at the start of this year has found evidence that both Israeli forces and Palestinian militants committed serious war crimes and breaches of humanitarian law, which may amount to crimes against humanity.