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Study Raises Concerns About Religious Discrimination

While many assume the liberal democracies of the West are the strongest bastions of religious freedom in the world, the evidence simply does not support this claim according to a recent international study carried out by Professor Jonathon Fox of Israel’s Bar-Ilan University. Fox bases his conclusions on a data set recording the treatment of […]

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Edmund Rice Schools in North America Called to Respond to Racial Injustice

As protests and rioting erupted across the United States in the wake of the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Christian Brother Provincial Br Kevin Griffith addressed a letter to members of the Edmund Rice Network. Less than a year ago Br Griffith wrote a similar letter calling for the promotion of healing and reconciliation […]

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India – Leave No Child Behind

“Parliament Speakers and MLA’s should learn from these children how to run the parliament”: Ms. Meira Kumar (Ex Lok Sabha Speaker) 75 children from 29 states and Union Territories from the age of 11 and above, speaking more than 23 different languages, came under one roof to be a part of the annual National Inclusive […]

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Human Rights Council Concludes 42nd Session

The 42nd session of the UN Human Rights Council concluded on Sep 27th with the adoption of 37 resolutions and a presidential statement on the climate emergency. The resolutions included the extension of the mandates of a series of Special Rapporteur and Independent Experts in relation to countries of concern such as the Central African […]

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ERI Statements at 42nd Human Rights Council Session

ERI made several statements at the recent session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. A Statement was delivered relating to indigenous issues in Peru which highlighted the impacts of the degradation of the traditional territories of Peru’s indigenous peoples through deforestation and illegal mining. Two statements were delivered on indigenous issues in Australia. […]

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ERI Active During 41st Human Rights Council Session

ERI delivered a series of statements during the recently concluded Human Rights Council (HRC) session in Geneva. These included :-– a statement regarding access to education in India as part of the interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education. You can view the statement via the HRC webcast (commencing at no.4) – a […]

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Pope Francis Denounces Resurgent Nationalism

In a recent speech to diplomats in Rome, Pope Francis defended “modern multilateral diplomacy” and international institutions against “the resurgence of nationalistic tendencies. While not identifying particular countries, Pope Francis  appeared to be lamenting the mix of jingoism and isolationism that has emerged in the United States and in European nations where populist governments have […]

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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights After 70 Years – Is the Founding Vision Being Lost?

The world is back on a path to self-destruction as the global community is increasingly forgetting the lessons of the past according to the United Nations’ special rapporteur on torture, Nils Melzer. His comments, made as the UN marks the 70th anniversary of the universal declaration of human rights (UDHR), alleged that the global community […]

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In Support of Religious Freedom

More than 61 per cent of the world’s population live in countries where religious freedom is not respected, according to a recently released worldwide report. The biennial Religious Freedom in the World report  was published by the international Catholic pastoral charity and pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need International. It was the 14th […]

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