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June 26, 2015

Presbyterian Church (USA) submits comment to UN Human Rights Committee

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) submitted a statement to the United Nations Human Rights Council for the general discussion on the preparation for general comment on Article 6 of International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The Human Rights Committee is holding a Half Day of General Discussion on the right to life in article 6 of the ICCPR on July 14th, after which a new General Comment (36) will be prepared. Article 6, the article for discussion is below:

Article 6

1. Every human being has the inherent right to life. This right shall be protected by law ...

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March 25, 2015

International Day of Remembrance of Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

Today, Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations intern Kyla Korvne attended the unveiling ceremony of the Permanent Memorial to Honour the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade (co-organized by the Permanent Memorial Committee, the United Nations Office for Partnerships, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the NGO Relations Section, Outreach Division, Department of Public Information (DPI), the Caribbean Community and the African Group). Below is her post about the event:

Ban Ki Moon

Photo: Kyla Korvne

Even with the bitter cold and the windy rain blowing all of our umbrellas inside out, a crowd of people from all ...

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March 17, 2015

From Beijing to Now

The Reverend Dr. Bebb Stone reflects on her time as a Presbyterian participant in the Beijing Conference and as a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) delegate to this year's Commission on the Status of Women:

Bebb Stone speaking to a groupAs a Presbyterian woman who went with our church to Beijing in 1995, I have been deeply touched to be with the Presbyterian delegation for this 20-year review at The UN CSW59.  There are 8,500 women here from most if not all of the countries of the world, and the breadth and depth of their work for gender equality ("women's rights are ...

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January 7, 2015

Security Council Press Statement on terrorist attack on French newspaper

The Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations issued a letter expressing our prayer and condolences to Ambassador Delattre.

The Security Council issued the following press statement regarding today's attack in France:


The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the barbaric and cowardly terrorist attack against the headquarters of French newspaper Charlie Hebdo, in Paris, France, on 7 January 2015, causing numerous deaths among journalists, media professionals and associated personnel as well as of two policemen.

The members of the Security Council strongly condemned this intolerable terrorist act targeting journalists and a newspaper.

The members of ...

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January 31, 2014

The Super Bowl and Human Trafficking

There is a lot of talk about the Super Bowl and human trafficking. In our community, here in New York City, voices are being raised, actions are happening!  The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Human Trafficking Roundtable and partners have been careful not to conflate human trafficking with prostitution: while some prostitution is trafficking, not all is.

Our partners in at the Freedom Network USA have responded with a press release that addresses the question of sex trafficking and the Super Bowl and other large sporting events.

We commend the increase in talk about human trafficking, but remind people to ...

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