Archive for tag: human rights

Archive pour tag : human rights

UN approves a moratorium on the death penalty

The United Nations General Assembly has approved a resolution calling for a moratorium on the use of the death penalty in all member states. The resolution passed on Tuesday by a vote of 104 to 54 with 29 abstentions. This is the third attempt to pass a moratorium resolution in the General Assembly. Previous attempts in 1994 and 1999 failed. The current resolution called on member states to “progressively restrict the use of the death penalty and reduce the number of offences for which it may be imposed.”
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Posted: December 21, 2007 • Permanent link: https://ecumenism.net/?p=400
Categories: NewsIn this article: capital punishment, human rights, justice, United Nations
Transmis : 21 décembre 2007 • Lien permanente : https://ecumenism.net/?p=400
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : capital punishment, human rights, justice, United Nations


Canadian Government cuts funding for KAIROS overseas work

Canadian Government cuts funding for KAIROS overseas work
CIDA cuts to KAIROS will devastate human rights work overseas

(Toronto) The Canadian government’s decision to cut funding to KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives will have a devastating impact on KAIROS‘ overseas partners and the thousands of marginalized people in local communities they support, KAIROS announced today.
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Posted: December 2, 2009 • Permanent link: https://ecumenism.net/?p=619
Categories: NewsIn this article: Canada, human rights, justice, KAIROS
Transmis : 2 décembre 2009 • Lien permanente : https://ecumenism.net/?p=619
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Canada, human rights, justice, KAIROS


Equal rights for all the measure for assessing freedom of religion

An international study process developed by the World Council of Churches (WCC) is preparing a report on freedom of religion as a fundamental human right for all.

The fundamental rights of freedom of religion or belief are often violated by both governments and individuals, acting either on their own behalf or as members of majority groups. Despite significant initiatives taken by states and the international community, religious minorities in several parts of the world are becoming the targets of discrimination, acts of violence or hostility and persecution because of their religion.

The extent to which freedom of religion or belief can be considered as an absolute right in pluralistic societies, as well as its relation to various aspects of human rights, was the centre of discussion among experts who participated at an international consultation organized by the WCC‘s Commission of the Churches on International Affairs (CCIA).
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Posted: December 6, 2011 • Permanent link: https://ecumenism.net/?p=1827
Categories: WCC NewsIn this article: human rights, religious freedom, WCC
Transmis : 6 décembre 2011 • Lien permanente : https://ecumenism.net/?p=1827
Catégorie : WCC NewsDans cet article : human rights, religious freedom, WCC


U.S. churches to Russia: We’re not leaving

Saint Basil's Cathedral in Moscow, Russia, 2007. Photo: Bart Slingerland, Wikimedia CommonsSeveral American-based religious denominations remain defiant in the face of new laws that would ban them from proselytizing in Russia.

The so-called “Yarovaya laws” make it illegal to preach, proselytize or hand out religious materials outside of specially designated places. The laws also give the Russian government wide scope to monitor and record electronic messages and phone calls.

The package of laws, billed as anti-terrorism measures, were passed by the Russian Duma, or parliament, on June 24, and signed by Russian president Vladimir Putin on July 7.

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, a bipartisan government panel which makes policy recommendations, condemned the new laws.

“These deeply flawed anti-terrorism measures will buttress the Russian government’s war against human rights and religious freedom,” Thomas J. Reese, a Jesuit priest and chair of the commission said after the measures were passed. “They will make it easier for Russian authorities to repress religious communities, stifle peaceful dissent, and detain and imprison people.”
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Posted: July 12, 2016 • Permanent link: https://ecumenism.net/?p=9361
Categories: RNSIn this article: human rights, religious freedom, Russia
Transmis : 12 juillet 2016 • Lien permanente : https://ecumenism.net/?p=9361
Catégorie : RNSDans cet article : human rights, religious freedom, Russia