What does Catholic Social Teaching have to say about the rights of Indigenous peoples? In the Catholic human rights tradition, human rights and the duties that go with them are grounded in the dignity of the human person. They apply to all persons and all peoples in every kind of… Read More »The Catholic Human Rights Tradition and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
The President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines says that the independence of the judiciary is important for safeguarding people’s rights. His statement is here. How might political pressure on judges compromise people’s human rights? How should members of the judiciary be held accountable? Do you think the… Read More »Safeguard Human Rights
Will you join Pope Francis in praying for refugees during August? In many parts of the world people are being displaced by violence and are in need of welcome and protection. Who would you like visitors to this site to pray for today?
Archbishop Silvano Tomasi is the Holy See’s Permanent Observer at the United Nations. He spoke on the need for peace in the Occupied Palestinian Territory at the 21st Special Session of the UN Human Rights Council on 23 July. He deplored the violence, which is only begetting more violence, and… Read More »Demonisation
Archbishop Charles Bo of Yangon says that: “For five decades, Burma endured crucifixion on a cross of injustice bearing five nails: dictatorship, war, displacement, poverty and oppression. Today, a new crucifixion threatens the country, with five new nails: land-grabbing, corruption, economic injustice, ethnic conflict and displacement and religious hatred and… Read More »New Crucifixion Faced in Burma
Bishop Gerard Hanna, Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Delegate for Migrant and Refugees, has called for a thorough review of Australia’s refugee and asylum seeker policies. The Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office believes that an independent report into events leading to the brutal death of Reza Barati in immigration detention… Read More »Policy Putting Lives at Risk