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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 Supports Student Strike for Climate

ERI participated in the students strike for climate event in Geneva on Friday 27th September. More than 3000 scientists from over 120 countries (the International Panel on Climate Change or IPCC) spend 7 years analysing the most recent data gathered from peer-reviewed articles published in scientific journals (peer-review involves another group of scientists who are […]

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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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30th Anniversary of Convention on the Rights of the Child

   Edmund Rice International had the opportunity to attend a celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the Convention of the Rights of the Child in Geneva. The celebration focused on addressing the question “Thirty years of children’s rights: where are we and where do we want to be?” and hosted several panels of experts, officials […]

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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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Australian Edmund Rice Students Gather for Advocacy

On May 17th Edmund Rice Services – Mt. Atkinson, an Edmund Rice ministry near Melbourne, Australia, hosted its first Student Advocates Gathering at the Mt Atkinson ministry site. There was a real buzz amongst the student cohort, which was comprised students from Parade College Bundoora, St. Joseph’s College Geelong, St. Bernard’s College Essendon, CBC St […]

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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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ERI Training Program – A Journey of Being Sensitised and Empowered

“A right is not a special privilege of the fortunate but it is ingrained in the soul of every institution and in the dignity and worth of every person”. This is an insight I gained through the two weeks long training program conducted in Geneva by the Edmund Rice International. It was a great opportunity […]

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