World Social Forum: Delegation of Franciscans Will Speak Up for Communities Affected by Mining and Extreme Poverty

Franciscans International and Romans VI (the Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation group of the Franciscan Family) are sending a team of 15 delegates to the World Social Forum in Montreal, Canada, that is taking place from August 9th to 14th, 2016.

The delegation will speak out and advocate for the most marginalised in three big areas: crimes committed by the mining industry, the rights of those living in extreme poverty, and ensuring that...

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Residents in one of Nairobi's Largest Informal Settlements Make Plans to Address the Violations of their Rights

Mukuru, Nairobi, is one of Kenya’s largest informal settlements. It counts over 100 000 residents and is characterised by poor drainage and sewage systems, poorly designed houses built near the road reserves and drainage system, and the grabbing of land meant for development of infrastructure.  Infrastructural expansion has become a complex task due to land cartels and gangs who strongly oppose upgrading initiatives. Social amenities put up by...

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Indigenous peoples rights at stake

Mining in the Philippines impacts the life of indigenous communities.

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Migrant Crisis in Central America

Mexico needs to protect migrants in its territory.

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New Database Helps Better Protect Asylum Seekers' Rights

Human mobility and global migration have been gaining increasing attention and visibility, as we are faced with an unprecedented crisis surrounding the lives and security of forcefully displaced people. The Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon, has noted that 2016 is proving particularly deadly for migrants and asylum seekers, and has called for the international community to address the root causes of such movements, protect...

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Governments Should Preserve The Fundamental Rights Of Indigenous People

Indigenous peoples and groups worldwide are experiencing violent human rights violations. They are being increasingly marginalised as land is being taken away from them and their access to basic rights such as health and education is shrinking. Many of them are being excluded from participating in policy decisions that affect them, thus deprived from their rights to free, prior and informed consent. At the core of these violations against...

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Thailand: Establish Concrete Measures to Protect Your Human Rights Defenders!

The lack of respect for the human rights of asylum seekers, refugees, migrant workers, and indigenous people in Thailand remains concerning. The country is now recognised as a global centre for human trafficking: it is a country of destination, origin, or transition for many men, women, and children, many of whom are subjected to forced labour.  An estimated 450,000 stateless people live in its territory, including many Rohingya people, who have...

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Calling Tanzania To End Violence Against Albino Populations

People with albinism face particularly difficult stigma in Tanzania, as local beliefs have cemented the perception that they are unnatural or cursed individuals. They are rejected by their families, avoided by their peers, and discriminated against, from school yards to court rooms. In many cases, people with albinism have suffered violent mutilations at the hands of traditional leaders who lead people to believe this puts an end to their...

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New President of FI Board

FI's International Board of Directors Elects New President: Joe Rozansky, OFM.

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Detention on Manus Island is Illegal

PNG's Supreme Court Rules the Dentention of Asylum Seekers on Manus Island to be Illegal

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