Seeking peace. Striving for justice. Together.
by Willa Van Camp
Nelson Mandela Day is celebrated every year on July 18, Nelson Mandela’s birthday. Today, July 24, there was celebration of the day which included the awarding of the inaugural Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Prize. The prize was awarded to two laureates who have each embodied the values of Mandela in their life and work.
The first recipient was Dr. Helena Ndume, an inspirational woman from Namibia. Ndume was forced to flee to Angola as a 15 year-old due to violence in Namibia. Though forced from her home she did not abandon her education and was able ...
photo by Willa Van Camp
A youth group from the Presbytery of Eastern Virginia participated in a seminar on July 7 and 8, 2015.
The group explored why followers of Jesus and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) engage in the public arena and have a presence at the United Nations.
The Convention on the Rights of the Child, the forced displacement of children, the work of UNICEF, human trafficking, and child soldiers were among the topics the group considered.
Group members made Red Hands to join the campaign to end the use of children as soldiers.
The Red Hands ...
by Amelie Clemot
Human rights are for everyone, no matter who you are or whom you love.
- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, this year's recipient of the Harvey Milk Medal
On Friday, June 26, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon welcomed the United States Supreme Court ruling that the US Constitution guarantees the right to same-sex marriage. He called this decision a “great step forward for human rights.”
In the past, the UN has conducted several studies that show that denying couples legal recognition of their relationship leads to widespread discrimination. LGBTI young people are often exposed to stigma, discrimination and violence ...
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:
1. Every human being has the inherent right to life. This right shall be protected by law ...
by Nathan Jumper
On this Orange Day to witness and work for an end to violence against women and girls, here's a proposal for another step in that effort.
The United Nations Special Rapporteur* on violence against women, Rashida Manjoo, has called for the creation of a legally binding framework on violence against women and girls within the UN human rights system.
This legal instrument would provide a clear, normative framework for the protection of women and girls in order to ensure that States are held accountable to humanitarian standards that are legally binding. A monitoring body would be ...