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International Mother Earth Day – April 22nd

Since 1970, the 22nd April has been designated as World Earth Day, “a movement which gave voice to an emerging consciousness, channelling human energy toward environmental issues.” This years Earth Day is especially significant, with world leaders and diplomats converging on the United Nations’ New York headquarters to sign the Paris Agreement on climate change […]

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International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking is the trade of humans for the purpose of exploitation whether it be forced labour, sexual exploitation, or organ extraction. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), dedicated to drug control and crime prevention, states that human trafficking is made up of three elements; the act, the means, and the purpose. […]

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Are We Eating Ethically?

That old saying ‘ignorance is bliss’ is undoubtedly applicable when it comes to human rights and agriculture. It would be fairly safe to say personally, I don’t think I’ve ever picked up a tomato at a supermarket, or any other vegetable for that matter, and thought about the workers at the bottom of the supply […]

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A Reflection on My Internship Experience

For an Australian student, going to Geneva to do an internship is in itself incredible and very exciting. However, my internship with ERI has been much more than just an internship and a pro bono work placement. Apart from meeting some of the most wonderful people, I have gained a world of invaluable knowledge and […]

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ERI Intern’s Blog

Follow the fortunes of our interns Jordan Wren and Cathal Ó Fainín via their respective blogs.

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Which Continent has Seven of the World’s Fastest Growing Economies?

The New Year has now lost some of its gloss and the harsh reality of working towards a more equitable way of sharing the earth’s limited resources confronts people of good will everywhere.  Yet the Christmas message still lingers in our ears in the invitation of good King Wenceslaus, who looked out of his warm […]

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Including the World in Schools

This year’s Human Rights Day celebrated on December 10th highlighted the right for all people, no matter their race, colour, creed, socio-economic stratus, ethnicity or intellectual ability, to claim and enjoy fully their inherent human rights.  To have the freedom that comes with being included in their local community as worthwhile people with a voice […]

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Where? Small Places Close to Home!

 “Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home – so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world.” – Eleanor Roosevelt This morning, on my way to the office, I passed a young woman, let’s call her Fatima, sitting on the footpath, […]

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A Once in a Lifetime Opportunity

When I first heard of Edmund Rice, as an excited young recruit into Eddie Rice camps in Perth, I had no idea that my involvement with the Network would incite the passion for social justice and advocacy that has become such a fundamental part of my adult life. The more involved I became with various […]

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A Rights-based Approach to Advocacy in Oceania

  Human Rights are inscribed in the heart of people; they were there long before lawmakers drafted their proclamation. (Mary Robinson, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights) Through an invitation from Peter Clinch and Shane Wood who lead the ministries outreach of Oceania, I was privileged to present workshops on the vision and work […]

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