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Swords into Plowshares is the blog of the Peacemaking Program and the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations of the Presbyterian Mission Agency of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

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June 26, 2012

June 26 Tweet-in to #StopTorture

Join @No_More_Torture, @PresbyUN, and others today  - International Day in Support of Victims of Torture - by tweeting your members of Congress & the White House against torture, Guantanamo and Indefinite Detention under the NDAA. Also, feel free to tweet on any subject related to the injustice of torture and in support of victims of torture.

Make sure to use one or more of these hash-tags:



Torture is a MORAL issue because {say why} #June26

Torture destroys the human dignity and respect entitled to every individual. #StopTorture #June26

Torture violates the inherent, God-given dignity and ...

June 25, 2012

Take Action to Protect Victims of Violence: Ask Congress to Pass an Inclusive VAWA

From our partners in the Presbyterian Office of Public Witness:

The bipartisan Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorization bill (S. 1925) protects all victims of violence -- domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. This bill passed the Senate with strong bipartisan support but some of its key provisions are under threat from the companion bill passed by the House of Representatives. Urge your members of Congress today to work for a strong and inclusive VAWA.

The National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Against Women and others is calling for 10 Days of Action to save the ...

June 25, 2012

Togo ratifies Convention on Cluster Munitions

On Friday, June 22, 2012, Togo became the 72nd State Party to the Convention on Cluster Munitions.  The Convention bans all use, production, stockpile and transfer of deadly cluster munitions.  Togo was one of the first countries to sign the Convention and with Friday’s ratification, Togo has deepened that commitment.

Togo has said that it has never used, produced, transferred, or stockpiled cluster munitions

June 25, 2012

UN Committee on the Rights of the Child examines the US

The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child met last week with nongovernmental organizations that offered recommendations to the United States to improve its efforts to stop the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography.  ECPAT-USA, a partner of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s human trafficking roundtable submitted an alternate report to the Committee. 

ECPAT-USA has posted a description of the process as well as the alternate report. 

To learn more about what Presbyterians are doing around the issue of human trafficking, visit the Human Trafficking Roundtable.

June 22, 2012

General Assembly leaders offer a renewed call to prayer and action for the people of Syria

General Assembly Mission Council

by Emily Enders Odom,
Associate, Mission Communications

Communications and Funds Development


June 20, 2012

Our Christian friends continue to endure great suffering — along with all the Syrian people — under the escalating violence between the Assad regime and armed opposition groups. The international community seems unable to agree on ways to bring the violence to a halt or to find a path of engagement that can lead to a peaceable resolution of the conflict. UN observers in Syria recently came under direct attack, resulting in the suspension of the United Nations Supervision Mission in Syria on ...

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