Statements to the 50th Session of the UN Human Rights Council

During the session, which takes place between 13 June and 8 July, we will share various concerns from Franciscans and other partners with the Council.

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FI celebrates World Environment Day

We stand in solidarity with individuals and communities who work tirelessly to challenge the policies and vested interests which have facilitated the current environmental crisis.

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New board members and a new president

Welcoming three new members, our Board of Directors appointed former Minister General of the Friars Minor Michael Perry as its next president.

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FI joins expert panel to promote the right to a healthy environment in New York

The panel was a key moment to encourage States to reaffirm this right at the UN General Assembly. We see this as an opportunity to raise national ambitions to protect our planet.

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UN Member States must not walk away from treaty on business and human rights

If we truly want to protect human dignity and our planet, we need a legally binding instrument on transnational corporations. Sign up for our special newsletter to get involved in our efforts at the UN.

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Statements to the 49th session of the Human Rights Council

FI delivered statements on the human rights situation in Colombia, Guatemala, Haiti, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Sri Lanka, as well as on climate change and the environment.

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Franciscans International stands in solidarity with the people of Ukraine

The Russian invasion and military operations in Ukraine are clear violations of international law and in particular of the UN Charter. There is no doubt that this aggression is also turning into a terrifying human rights crisis.

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Two landmark decisions on the environment at the United Nations

The recognition of the right to a healthy environment and the establishment of a Special Rapporteur of human rights and climate change have been long-time asks by Franciscans at the UN.

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New fact-sheets on Covid-19 and Indigenous Peoples

This new resource covering UN recommendations and human rights is available in English, Spanish and Portuguese

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Statements to the 48th session of the Human Rights Council

The Human Rights Council will hold its 48th regular session between from 13 September to 8 October in a mostly online format. Despite the current Covid-19 restriction, FI is working closely with its grassroots partners to make sure their concerns are raised.

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