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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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September 29, 2015

Declaration of Leaders' Summit on Peacekeeping

During the UN General Assembly meetings, world leaders gathered for a summit on international peacekeeping. Below is the declaration from 43 United Nations member states:


Declaration of Leaders' Summit on Peacekeeping

The Governments of Armenia, Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ethiopia, Finland, Fiji, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, Netherlands, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Republic of Korea, Romania, Rwanda, Turkey, Senegal, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Thailand, Ukraine, United States, United Kingdom, Uruguay, and Vietnam jointly declare their support for the following:

As the United Nations marks its seventieth anniversary ...

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September 14, 2015

Are you called to a ministry of accompaniment?

EAPPI LogoThe Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) is a program coordinated by the World Council of Churches founded in response to a call from the local Heads of Churches in Jerusalem that brings internationals to Palestine and Israel. Ecumenical Accompaniers (EAs) live in the West Bank for a three month term and provide protective presence to vulnerable communities, monitor and report human rights abuses and support Palestinians and Israelis working together for a just peace.  When they return home, EAs talk about their first-hand experiences to inform people of the realities of the occupation and campaign for a ...

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September 3, 2015

Free the 20 - Khadija Ismayilova, Azerbaijan

Day 2: Khadija Ismayilova, Azerbaijan

Khadija Ismayilova is an internationally renowned, award-winning investigative journalist and human rights activist. She was arrested in December 2014 in the context of a broad crackdown on civil society activists and journalists, and was sentenced yesterday to 7.5 years in prison. Khadija, a contributor to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, has been the recipient of numerous awards including the 2012 International Women’s Media Foundation Courage in Journalism Award, the 2015 PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award, and the 2015 John Aubuchon Press Freedom Awards from the National Press Club.

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September 3, 2015

Free the 20 - Wang Yu, China

Day 1: Wang Yu, China

Wang Yu  is a 44-year-old prisoner in the country where the historic 1995 Beijing Conference was held: China. Wang’s activism was sparked in 2008, when employees at a train station refused to let her board a train with her ticket. After demanding the right to board, Wang was assaulted by several men and then – even though she was the one who had been beaten – convicted to two-and-a-half years in prison for assault. She later told a reporter, “After my miscarriage of justice… I wanted to improve China's human rights system." Wang did that ...

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September 3, 2015

Free the 20

On September 1, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power launched the Free the 20 campaign to draw attention to the plight of women political prisoners and other prisoners of concern. Throughout September, the State Department will highlight 20 individual cases of women prisoners from around the world who are unjustly imprisoned, featuring one case per business day. And these women will be featured on social media accounts for Ambassador Power and the U.S. Mission to the UN and will be profiled on the Free the 20 page.

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