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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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ERI Statements During 44th Human Rights Council Session

ERI was active during the recent 44th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. Oral statements were delivered on:- – trafficking in persons with particular attention to the situation in India;– the right to education in India;– the right to health in Australia, with particular reference to its first peoples, asylum seekers and the […]

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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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Edmund Rice Network Activity Continues Around the World

The current Corona virus crisis has shifted the focus of activity within the Edmund Rice Network around the globe. In India Br Steve Rocha and Anisha George report that Pratyek is reaching out to vulnerable families. By the end of March 350 families  in New Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir, UP, West Bengal, and Assam had […]

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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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COP 25 – Another Missed Opportunity?

Once again, despite negotiations lasting 16 days at the UN’s recently concluded COP25 climate summit in Madrid, and despite urging from the United Nations and civil society groups to address the climate emergency with “ambition,” government representatives could only come up with a weak call on parties to be more ambitious in their 2020 climate […]

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Towards a Renewed Commitment to Education

In the 30 years since its adoption, the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) has considerably inspired governments and other actors to set legal policies and investments to give access to children to rights, such as the right to health care, the right to food and water and the right to education. Stronger […]

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Human Rights and International Advocacy – A Reflection on My Time in Geneva

“When I feed the poor, they call me a saint, but when I ask why the poor are hungry, they call me a communist.” – Helder Camara, former Archbishop of Recife, Brazil Recently I was offered an opportunity to attend a training on Human Rights and International Advocacy with Edmund Rice International in Geneva. Of […]

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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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