Human Rights

More than 200 world leaders at the U.N. headquarters in New York on Nov. 18, 2023, signed the “New York Commitment,” which seeks to restore the original meaning of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on the occasion the 75th anniversary of its proclamation. | Credit: Political Network for Values

World Leaders Seek to Restore Original Meaning of Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Nov 20, 2023

The fifth Transatlantic Summit organized by The Political Network for Values (PNfV) last week brought together more than 200 leaders from 40 countries.

The Palace of Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, which houses the meeting room of the U.N. Human Rights Council. | Groov3 via Wikimedia (CC0 1.0).

UN human Rights Council Passes Religious Hatred Resolution amid U.S., European Opposition

Jul 12, 2023

The United Nations Human Rights Council approved a controversial resolution Wednesday that urges member states to more aggressively prosecute acts of religious-based antagonism, with the motion passing even amid opposition from United States and European delegations. 

Pope Francis at his general audience in St. Peter's Square on May 17, 2023. | Vatican Media

This is Pope Francis’ Prayer Intention for the Month of June

May 31, 2023

Pope Francis’ prayer intention for the month of June is for the abolition of torture. 

Cardinal Joseph Zen. | Yung Chi Wai Derek/Shutterstock.

Hong Kong Cardinal's Second Day in Court: Magistrate Rules There is Sufficient Evidence

Sep 28, 2022

On Tuesday, Cardinal Joseph Zen’s second day in court in Hong Kong, five witnesses were cross-examined and the magistrate ruled that there was sufficient evidence to justify a trial.

Congolese civil rights attorney Hervé Diakiese Kyungu testifying on July 14, 2022, at a congressional hearing in Washington, D.C. on the use of child labor in China-backed cobalt mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Screenshot from YouTube video

Thousands of Child Workers in DR Congo Exploited in China-backed Cobalt Mines: Testimony

Jul 16, 2022

The mines “are often no more than narrow shafts dug into the ground, which is why children are recruited — and in many cases forced — to descend into them," one witness said.

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Eritrea's Church Leadership Fostering Human Rights Advocacy after Facility Seizures

Dec 4, 2021

Following the confiscation of Catholic schools and clinics in Eritrea, Church officials in the country have turned their efforts to educating the people at the grassroots about their human rights. 

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Christian Entity Lauds UN Decision to Appoint Human Rights Expert in Sudan

Nov 14, 2021

UK-based human rights foundation, Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), has lauded the decision of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to appoint an expert who is expected to keep an eye on the deteriorating human rights situation in Sudan following last month’s coup.

Logo of the United Nations (UN). Credit: UN

Catholic Bishops in Kenya Urge Government to Support UN Treaty on Business, Human Rights

Oct 25, 2021

Catholic Bishops in Kenya are calling on the government of the East African nation to fully support the revised draft of the United Nations (UN) Binding Treaty on Business and Human Rights at the ongoing negotiations in Geneva, Switzerland.

Sulieman Buhafss. Credit: CSW

Human Rights Body Demands Release of Algerian Christian Detained for Abandoning Islam

Sep 5, 2021

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), a UK-based human rights foundation, is demanding the release of an Alafia Christian man who has been on the wrong side of the government for abandoning Islam in favor of Christianity.

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Christian Entity Joins Call to Transfer Sudan’s Human Rights Violators to The Hague

Sep 1, 2021

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), a UK-based human rights foundation, has joined more than 60 international organizations that are urging Sudan’s Sovereignty Council to transfer three indictees of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to The Hague where they will be charged for crimes against humanity.

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UK-Based Religious Entity Lauds UN Directives to End Human Rights Abuses in Ethiopia

Jul 14, 2021

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), a UK-based human rights organization, has welcomed the adoption of a number of resolutions by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) aimed at ending human rights abuses that have been widely reported in Ethiopia.

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO).

Six Issues of Concern in DR Congo Bishops Want Addressed While Safeguarding “Sovereignty”

Oct 19, 2020

Catholic Bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have, in a collective statement at the end of their 57th Plenary Assembly, outlined six issues affecting the Central African nation, which they want addressed while safeguarding of the Congolese from those who have taken it “hostage.”

Pope Francis delivers his general audience via livestream on Aug. 12, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media/CNA.

Human Dignity Has Serious Political Implications: Pope Francis

Aug 13, 2020

Pope Francis said Wednesday that Christian faith demands conversion from individualism and a commitment to defending the inherent dignity of every person.

Women of the Young Christian Workers Movement at the 2020 International Women’s Day Celebration at the Christ the King Parish on Sunday March 8, 2020. 3rd right is Nana Oye Lithur, Gender Activists and Human Rights Lawyer. / Damian Avevor

Gender Empowerment is Answer to End Corruption in Ghana, Human Rights Lawyer Says

Mar 11, 2020

As Ghana joined the rest of the world to mark International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 8, a Catholic gender activist argued that the only solution to the eradication of corruption in the West African Country is pushing for gender equality and allowing women to take up leadership positions.

Some of the delegates at the fifth Geneva OEIGWG session: Fr. Joseph Aka of RECOWA (third from right) with CIDSE delegation on October 15, 2019 / Fr. Joseph Aka

Catholic Bishops in Africa Want Nations, Trans-National Companies to Respect Human Rights

Oct 17, 2019

As the fifth session of the Open-Ended Inter-Governmental Working Group (OEIGWG) on Transnational Corporations gets underway in Geneva, Switzerland with the aim of  developing an international protocol to guide the operations of Trans-National Companies (TNCs), Catholic Bishops in the world’s second largest continent are calling on governments and the international community to ensure that TNCs respect human rights.