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Monday 11 November 2013

Advocacy in action: FI recommendations endorsed by German Grand Coalition

Photographer: Kay Chernush for the U.S. State Department

In 2002 the German government passed pioneering legislation to recognise prostitution as a lawful profession, and allow sex workers access to employment contracts. However, during its 2013 submission to the Human Rights Council, Franciscans International ...[more]

Wednesday 06 November 2013

“We affirm the principle of water as a common good":
FI stands up for water rights

Dawn over the Vaal River

“Destroy the meter/Enjoy free water” was the catchphrase of an inspiring social uprising in Orange Farm, South Africa in the early 2000s. Activists struggled against government measures to protect the status of water as a common good. With its recent ...[more]

Wednesday 06 November 2013

From Grassroots to Grassroots: FI's Brussels Advocacy Workshop

Francesca Restifo and the workshop participants in Brussels

REACT-ACT-IMPACT! As part of this three-month missionary course, on the 18th of October 2013 Franciscans International delivered a one-day workshop on the importance of engaging with Human Rights Advocacy, with a focus on the United Nations (UN). [more]

Friday 01 November 2013

Franciscan consultation in Cameroon on women rights breaches

In the context of the coming review of Cameroon before the Committee on the Elimination of Discriminations against Women (CEDAW), FI organized a national consultation in Yaoundé on 12th July 2013. The consultation aimed to discuss the women rights ...[more]

Tuesday 29 October 2013

New Information Sheds Light on Human Rights Abuses in Papua

Recent articles by Dr. Budi Hernawan and the report 'A Neglected Genocide', published by the Asian Human Rights Commission, are fuelling the ongoing debate over atrocities committed in West Papua.[more]

Wednesday 25 September 2013

Human Rights Defenders Gather for Panel Discussion on West Papua

Following the co-publication of Human Rights in West Papua 2013 by Franciscans International and the International Coalition for Papua (ICP) in June, today’s side event saw a group of experts meeting at the Palais des Nations to discuss concerns ...[more]

Monday 29 July 2013

FI joins Franciscans in Brazil to call for Protection of Human Rights and the Environment in the Reform of Mining Code

On July 29, more than 120 Brazilian entities – religious and lay organizations, social movements, and politicians – called on the Brazilian government to remove the fast-track procedure being used to push a sweeping reform of the outdated mining code ...[more]