COVID-19: About a year into the pandemic

In 12 months since our first statements on Covid-19, the Franciscan testimonies we continue to receive show how the pandemic has driven inequality and risks becoming a missed opportunity to adopt the urgent measures needed to address the environmental crisis.  

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Joint inter-faith statement on the crisis in Myanmar

Franciscans International joins faith based communities from around the world to stand with the people of Myanmar and call on the country’s military to stop the violence, respect the sanctity of all human life, and work towards a just and lasting peace throughout the country based upon the will of the people.

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Mexico fails to comply with recommendations of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

We call on the government to implement the recommendations that various human rights mechanisms have made in the context of the protection of human rights of migrants, asylum seekers and human right defenders that work with them (Disponible en español)

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New York – Geneva dialogue on SDGs and climate action in times of Covid-19 recovery

FI and ATD bring together UN Member State representatives UN agencies, and NGOs for an informal discussion.

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FI launches factsheets on Covid-19 and indigenous peoples

On the day that the Escazú Agreement comes into force, we launch a new series of factsheets – starting with human rights defenders – to help human rights advocates in their work. Available in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

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Virtual side event at the 20th UN Permanent Forum for Indigenous Issues

“Justice and Accountability in the Context of Extractive Industries: Indigenous Women Human Rights Defenders from Guatemala, Brazil, Indonesia, and Bangladesh"

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Franciscan reflections: Sister Water calls us to the people of El Salvador

Fray René Flores OFM reflects on some of the work behind his recent statement at the Human Rights Council. "Reflexiones franciscanas: La Hermana Agua nos llama al pueblo de El Salvador" también está disponible en español.

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Statements at the 46th session of the Human Rights Council

The 46th session of the Council is held from 22 February to 23 March 2021 in a mostly virtual format. We continue to work closely with Franciscans and other grassroots partners to ensure that urgent human rights issues are raised, even now that representatives are unable to travel to Geneva themselves. 

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New Migration Dynamics in Northern Central America, Mexico and the United States

Franciscans launch a new advocacy diagnosis examining Central American exodus caravans, COVID-19, and serious human rights violations (disponible en español)

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Regional Perspectives on a UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Climate Change

Franciscans International and CIEL present key recommendations from civil society and Indigenous Peoples on the creation of a new mandate.

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