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ERI Internship Program Resumes – Welcome Zak Gainey

With the easing  of Covid restrictions at the UN, ERI has resumed its volunteer Internship program. Zak Gainey from the UK commenced at the start of this month, and he will be joined later in the month by Katy Shenton also from the UK. A further four interns from Australia (2), South Africa and Northern […]

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UPR Reviews of Haiti, South Sudan, Timor Leste and Zimbabwe

Several UPR reviews of relevance to the Edmund Rice Network took place in Geneva in January. The Christian Brothers North American Province joined with local partners to present a joint submission for Haiti, which focussed on issues of access to education and health care, child servitude and trafficking. All of these issues were the subject of recommendations […]

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Addressing Implementation of UPR Recommendations for PNG

ERI joined with partners from the International Catholic Centre in Geneva (CCIG) for an online event which heard from national and international stakeholders on how to promote and protect human rights in PNG in the light of recommendations stemming from the 3rd UPR cycle. Panelists included ms Mou Begura from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Papua New […]

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ERI Activity During 48th UN Human Rights Council Session

ERI was again active during the recently concluded Human Rights Council session. Statements were delivered by members of our local networks, partners or members of the ERI team on:– access to clean water and sanitation in India as part of the interactive dialogue with the UN Special Rapporteur on Water and Sanitation. (statement delivered by […]

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ERI Activity During UN 47th Human Rights Council Session

ERI was again active during the recently concluded Human Rights Council session. The following oral statements were delivered by members of our local networks or members of the ERI team:-– on homelessness in Northern Ireland during the interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Housing– on Covid-19 and online education during the interactive dialogue with […]

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Fraternity, Multilateralism and Peace

In a video message for an online event on fraternity, multilateralism and peace in response to  Pope Francis’ encyclical letter “Fratelli tutti”, the keynote speaker Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin encouraged nations to pursue arms control and nuclear disarmament as a means to promote peace and fraternity among all people. “It is not […]

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ERI Active During 46th UN Human Rights Council Session

ERI delivered a number of statements during the 46th Human Rights Council session in Geneva. With proceedings taking place virtually, NGOs were asked to raise their concerns via recorded video statements. This provided an opportunity for members of our network to address the Council directly. ERI’s interventions, often joint statements with our partners, included statements […]

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UN Report Urges Humanity to Make Peace With Nature

Without nature’s help, we will not thrive or even survive. For too long, we have been waging a senseless and suicidal war on nature. The result is three interlinked environmental crises. Climate disruption, biodiversity loss and pollution that threaten our viability as a species. They are caused by unsustainable production and consumption,” stated UN Secretary […]

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UPR Review of Australia’s Human Rights Record

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Australia’s human rights record took place virtually in Geneva in January. ERI’s joint submission focussed on children in detention and the age of criminal responsibility, the rights of indigenous people, asylum seekers and refugees, the impact of climate change, trafficking in persons and the need for a charter of […]

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ERI Activity During 45th UN Human Rights Council Session

ERI delivered five oral statements during the recently concluded session of the United Nations Human Rights Council. The statements were prepared by our advocacy networks in each of the countries concerned. Statements were read in relation to the need to address:– the impact of the illegal drug trade on indigenous youth in India and– attacks […]

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