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Friday 07 February 2014

DRC: Human Rights Violations and “Blood Minerals”

The interior of a tent in the Buhimba refugee camp.  Many of those living in the camp have been displaced by conflict.

A recent civil society consultation in the Democratic Republic of Congo has provided FI with vital information on the human rights of the country’s citizens. Our focus: “blood minerals”, and their role in perpetuating conflict and human rights abuses in ...[more]


Thursday 06 February 2014

A New Beginning for the Franciscan Voice

The front page of the new Franciscan Voice.

FI's email newsletter, the Franciscan Voice, has been reestablished and is a great way of keeping up-to-date with our work. Subscribe now![more]


Wednesday 22 January 2014

The Fight for Women's Rights in Cameroon

An urban health clinic in Cameroon.

During a July 2013 consultation in Yaoundé, Cameroon, FI’s partners reported on the issues of child trafficking, maternal mortality, and forced marriages. Now these concerns are being brought to the UN.[more]


Wednesday 22 January 2014

Central African Republic: Intervention at HRC Special Session

A street in Bangui, capital of the CAR, before the violent events of the past 12 months.

Following the March 2013 coup, politically-motivated violence spreading through communities in the Central African Republic has forced almost 1 million people to flee their homes. [more]


Monday 13 January 2014

FI in Lima: mining and grassroots communities

The meeting participants visit the site of the Conga mining project.

From 4-5 November 2013, Franciscans International held a key meeting in Lima, Peru, on the impacts of mining projects in Latin America. [more]


Friday 20 December 2013

Franciscans International and the Mining Working Group at the UN

Budi Hernawan delivers a statement for the MWG at the UN.

As part of the Mining Working Group (MWG) at the United Nations, Franciscans International has been actively communicating with Member States and UN authorities regarding human rights concerns and environmental degradation relating to extractive ...[more]


Friday 20 December 2013

Canadian province suspends fracking following local and international pressure

Gros Morne National Park, Canada. Photo by Kevin Bunt.

Following the advocacy efforts of many groups, including Franciscans International and the Sisters of Mercy at the UN, the provincial government in Canada’s Newfoundland and Labrador is no longer considering applications for hydraulic fracturing ...[more]