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HR defenders from Sri Lanka, Mr. Ruki Fernando and Fr. Praveen Mahesan, OMI, are currently in a situation of “house-arrest” by the court order since March 20, 2014.
99TH COUNCIL OF PAX ROMANA ICMICA/MIIC 23/28 JUNE, 2014.
The meeting was an occasion for the International Team and regional vice presidents to review the reality of the movement around the world and make plans for the upcoming year. It also offered us an opportunity to meet with Vatican officials and reflect on the experiences of Christian professionals and the future of the church.
The main points of reflection were:
Matthew’s Gospel gathers together three invitations from Jesus that we his followers need to listen to attentively, since they can transform the climate of discouragement, weariness, boredom that often pervades some parts of our communities.
“Come to me, all you who labor and are overburdened, and I will give you rest.” This is the first invitation. It’s directed toward all those who live their religion as a heavy burden. Not a few Christians live beaten down by their conscience. They aren’t great sinners. They simply have been taught to always have their sin before them and they don’t know the joy of God’s continuous forgiveness. If they meet Jesus, they will find themselves relieved.
These days, to analyse social and economic realities from the prism of the periphery, seems like a challenge. It appears that with the emergence of the biggest economies of the “third world” in the world stage the vision that places the periphery in that world, or the “fourth” one, has lost some of its purpose. The recent crisis of wealthy countries adds arguments to question traditional ways, at least in Latin America, of focusing on structures and international relations. Data on the very extensive growth, even in Africa, of the most elemental indexes of human development also seems to call for a non conventional analysis of the “centre - periphery” approach with a dynamic and complex reality unknown a few decades earlier. Today even more than before, to the more classical economic dimensions one would have to add other equal or more important ones in the daily lives of the poor such as solitude, vulnerability, the inattention of their demands, the poor quality of public services, lack of public safety and many others which will not be addressed here.
Theme: Conflict Resolution, Negotiation and Peace Building
Venue: Sheza Inn, Multan. Dated: 20-22 June, 2014
Organizer: Youth Development Foundation
YDF conducted the training seminar for those youth activist and human rights defenders who are working actively in their areas and also part of the YDF campaign for tour of Diversity tours. YDF is working for Peace Building and Human Rights through youth in Pakistan.
Training was conduct in Multan where 30 youth participants from southern Punjab with attended this training. These all activist were representing different communities, cultures and religions.
Jean-Marie Heydt, President of the Conference of INGOs, attended the 124th session of the Committee of Ministers held in Vienna on 5 and 6 May 2014. It was a special session in that it celebrated the 65th anniversary of the Council of Europe, saw the handover of the chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers from Austria to Azerbaijan and took place at a time when tensions in Ukraine were very high. ... read the full story
Statement of the President of the Conference of INGOs (in French only)
State of Democracy, Human Rights and the Rule of Law in Europe - Report by the Secretary General
Chairman conclusions of the President of the Committee of Ministers
Co-operation with Ukraine -Immediate measure package
The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique process which involves a review of the human rights records of all UN Member States. It is a State-driven process, under the auspices of the Human Rights Council, which provides the opportunity for each State to declare what actions they have taken to improve the human rights situations in their countries and to fulfil their human rights obligations. The process allows local Civil Society Organisations to participate through, among others, participating in the national consultations held by the State under review and sending information on the human rights situation in their country.
As Pope Francis' mid-August visit to Korea draws closer, local Catholics are upbeat and busy in preparation. Christians and non-Christians alike here are showing interest as anticipation rises for the arrival of perhaps the most charismatic religious figure on the world scene.
The Korean bishops, meanwhile, are focused on the trip, with special attention being paid to the initial stimulus for the invitation, Asian Youth Day in Daejeon, Korea, which falls in the middle of the Aug. 14-18 papal journey.
There was a Skype meeting held on 22nd March 2014 for Pax Romana Africa Regional meeting for English Speaking Countries. In attendance were: Rosemary Sunkutu from Zambia, Homisdas from Rwanda, Fredrick Wamalwa from Pax Romana Africa. Elizabeth Chikomo from Zimbabwe and Jules Zannou from Benin partially followed the meeting due to poor internet connection.The following were discussed:
Agenda 1: Updates from countries:
Zambia: Members meet every month. The main current activity is rolling out the movement to all the dioceses in Zambia. There is good will and support from the local church. Mobilizing resources to support the activities of the movement is still a challenge.
The list of new Special Rapporteurs, Independent Experts, and other Special Procedures, were initially to be appointed at Human Rights Council Session 25 in March.
Please see here, the official appointment of UN Human Rights Special Procedures.
Religious institutions need to find their voice and set their moral compass on one of the great humanitarian issues of our time
Saving the Earth and its peoples from dangerous climate change is an economic, social and environmental issue – and a moral and ethical one too that goes to the core of many if not all of the world’s great faiths.
Unchecked, the rise in greenhouse gas emissions is likely to visit ever higher high levels of suffering on the vulnerable, the marginalised and indeed people everywhere. The Himalayan country of Nepal, which I have just visited, is a case in point: here unstable lakes are forming from melting glaciers high in the mountains. Some have already burst their banks sending the equivalent of vertical tsunamis down valleys washing away power lines, homes and lives.
Road Map – Way forward by Catholic -inspired organizations
“We are not simply talking about ensuring nourishment or a “dignified sustenance” for all people, but also their “general temporal welfare and prosperity”. This means education, access to health care, and above all work, for it is through free, creative, participatory and mutually supportive work that human beings express and enhance the dignity of their lives. A just wage enables them to have adequate access to all the other goods which are destined for our common use.”1
As representatives of Catholic-inspired organizations and religious congregations, we gathered in Rome on 29-30 April 2014, together with officials of the Holy See and of the International Labour Organization, with one aim: to make “decent work for all” an explicit goal of the post-2015 sustainable development goals.
An essential principle of management is the refusal to be satisfied with current results and to press forward, in the conviction that those gains are only consolidated by working to achieve even more. In the case of global political and economic organization, much more needs to be achieved, since an important part of humanity does not share in the benefits of progress and is in fact relegated to the status of second-class citizens. Future Sustainable Development Goals must therefore be formulated and carried out with generosity and courage, so that they can have a real impact on the structural causes of poverty and hunger, attain more substantial results in protecting the environment, ensure dignified and productive labor for all, and provide appropriate protection for the family, which is an essential element in sustainable human and social development.
The Vatican is investigating Fr. Michael Amaladoss for allegedly espousing unorthodox beliefs, raising questions about whether Pope Francis is moving the church in a new direction.
I welcome all of you, who represent this beautiful ecclesial reality! (...). The theme of your Assembly “New people in Jesus Christ, co-responsible for the joy of living” fits well within the Easter Season, which is a season of joy. It is the joy of the disciples in encountering the Risen Christ and it needs to be interiorized within an evangelizing style capable of influencing life. In the current social and ecclesial context, you, the laity of Catholic Action, are called to renew the missionary option, open to the horizons that the Spirit points out to the Church and the expression of a rejuvenated lay apostolate. This missionary option: everything must be missionary, everything. It is the paradigm of Catholic Action: the missionary paradigm. This is the choice that Catholic Action makes today.
Strasbourg, 02.05.2014 –The Council of Europe today called on its 47 member states to fulfil their obligation to protect journalists and other media actors from intimidation and attacks, and to adopt national legal frameworks for the protection of whistleblowers.
Strasbourg, 30.04.2014 – A pre-electoral delegation from the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) visited Kyiv to evaluate the election campaign and preparations for the early presidential election on 25 May 2014.
Strasbourg, 30.04.2014 - Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland and Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz are in Kiev today for talks about the situation in Ukraine, and in particular eastern Ukraine. Meetings are scheduled with Prime Minister Yatsenyuk and Foreign Minister Deshchytsia, among others. Austria currently holds the Chairmanship of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers.