The Human Right to Education

On 24 January 2020 the 2nd UN International Day for Education was celebrated. We attended the dialogue held at the United Nations and launched our position paper on “The Human Right to Education.” This document, which will guide our advocacy in UN Forums, is the outcome of work done by Mrs. Marie Lynch (U.K.), Ms. Shiobaun McGee (Ireland), Sr. Elena Cerdeiras (Spain) Sr. Cynthia Mathew, Sr.Janet Palafox and Sr.Cecilia O’Dwyer (NGO Office) during the 2019 UN Human Rights Social Forum in Geneva. Read the full Position Paper.

World Refugee Day 2020 – “To know in order to understand”

In his World Refugee Day 2020 message Pope Francis invited us to get to know migrants and refugees so that we understand their plight and know their stories. This year, we focus on the people who have been forced to flee but have been unable to cross an international border, the internally displaced persons (IDPs). The Faith Based Organisations (FBOs) support the invitation of Pope Francis and call on renewed attention to the plights of the millions of IDPs. We call on UN member states to protect them. Read the full Statement.

The Ongoing Work for Women’s Empowerment and Human Rights

The 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women took place over the last two weeks, from March 9th – 20th and included representatives from Member States, UN entities and NGOs from across the world. The two weeks kicked off with the International Women’s Day ‘March in March’ held on Sunday March 8th when thousands marched the streets of Manhattan carrying and waving the slogan “Planet 50-50: by 2030: Step It Up For Gender Equality and Women’s Rights”. Read 59th Commission on the Status of Women – Short Summary  

Know your Rights; Stories Behind Human Rights

The 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human rights reminds us above all that “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and right, as stated in Article 1. That means you, me and everybody. These days we are constantly reminded that it depends on each one of us, as individuals and institutions, if we are to see human rights protected universally, if the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is fully implemented on time, if we have a planet that is habitable and peaceful for future generations. Pope Francis reminds us, The Secretary General of the United Nations and leaders who represent moral authority in our world … Read MoreKnow your Rights; Stories Behind Human Rights

Knowledge sharing for Human Rights

Yes, 70 years have passed since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In many parts of the world it has brought progress in human consciousness of the inherent dignity of the human person. Yet, important work need to be done so that every human being is aware of their rights.  We offer a series of documents which can help refresh our knowledge and can also be used as a tool for sharing with others. UDHR Short- Version, Universal Declaration of Human Rights – Plain language version, UN Booklet on UDHR, Human Rights Defenders, Girls’ Rights are Human Rights , Media Fact Sheet UDHR, International Covenants on Human Rights.  Finally go … Read MoreKnowledge sharing for Human Rights

The Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly 

The Heads of State and Government gathered to address the General Assembly in late September. When they left, their diplomats, in New York, continued the work through Six Main Committees.  The work of the Committees goes on from early October until late November and in some cases into December. Greta has been following the Third Committee which covers a wide spectrum of social cultural and humanitarian issues. Youth representative, Greta prepared an excellent video on the Third Committee; what it is, what it does and how it operates. Watch it here

Third Committee Meeting

Today, we hear of numerous cases of torture and other inhumane acts arise around the world. It has been reported by the Palestinian Prisoners Club that sixty percent of Palestinian children who are arrested by Israeli occupation are verbally, physically or psychologically tortured. Other parts of the world see migrants and refugees tortured in detainment and left to suffer away in detention centres where they are subjected to all kinds of abuse. These alarming facts lead me to the Third Committee meeting at the United Nations Headquarters, where member states come together to discuss agenda items relating to a range of social, humanitarian affairs and human rights issues that affect … Read MoreThird Committee Meeting

Violence Against Girls

We remember girls during these 16 days of activism against gender-based violence. We know that violence against girls is worldwide. It is perpetrated on every continent, in every social and economic class, and sanctioned to varying degrees by every form of government, every major religion, and every kind of communal or familial structure. There is no place of complete refuge for the girl child, only promises of stronger legal regimes and more robust non-governmental assistance. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989) defines a child as: a “human being below the age of 18 years, unless under the law applicable to that child, majority is attained earlier.”  Forced and Child … Read MoreViolence Against Girls

2015 and Beyond: Our Action Agenda

“We know the power of people to be agents of change, to change themselves and change their communities”. The inspiring opening session of the 65th Annual UN DPI/NGO Conference held at UN Headquarters, New York from 27 – 29 august 2014  opened the way for thematic round tables on Poverty Eradication and Fighting Inequalities, Sustainable Development, Human Rights and Climate Change, numerous workshops and side events. The three day event ended with an equally encouraging Closing Ceremony in which the NGO community present ratified the Conference Declaration. Our representatives joined the thousands of participants from around the world for the event.  Read their impressions in  Update September 2014. The Conference Declaration provides us with a … Read More2015 and Beyond: Our Action Agenda