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Global Climate Update – A Grim Picture

The annual report issued by the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) at the beginning of December paints a grim picture regarding the global climate. The WMO is the specialised agency of the United Nations for meteorology (weather and climate) and represents193 Member States and Territories. In preparing its 2020 report the WMO looked at 7 key […]

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Pope Francis Calls for Renewed Commitment to Human Rights and Solidarity

In his recently released encyclical ‘Fratelli Tutti’ (‘All Brothers), Pope Francis has addressed a range of current global issues. He expresses concern that ‘the sense of belonging to a single human family is fading, and the dream of working together for justice and peace seems an outdated utopia.’ #30 The Pope argues for ‘a better […]

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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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ERI Webinars: Edmund the Advocate

One of the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic has been a proliferation of online meetings and webinars. ERI has had to cancel its regular Geneva training courses and as a result we have become more active online. Recently in co-operation with PRATYeK in India ERI organised a series of four webinars on the theme Edmund […]

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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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