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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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December 9, 2013

Responding in the Philippines

by Esther Lee

On November 20, 2013, Presbyterian World Mission sponsored a Webinar discussing updates on the current situation in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan. The purpose of the webinar was to learn how the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is responding to the people of the Philippines affected by the typhoon and how U.S. Presbyterians can faithfully and effectively be involved in the recovery.

Panelists included:

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November 11, 2013

Philippines Typhoon Haiyan

From our partners in Presbyterian Disaster Assistance:

One of the worst recorded typhoons in history, Haiyan has left many dead, hundreds of thousands displaced, and extensive damage.  The initial response includes provision of non-food items, drinking water and emergency shelter kits.  All PC(USA) mission workers are reported safe.  Read more.

PDA will respond with One Great Hour of Sharing and designated funds as assessments are completed, needs are identified, and an appeal for assistance is issued.

Give online to support disaster response in the Philippines.

Visit the Philippines response index for reports and resources

Call to Prayer for the ...

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June 2, 2013

Protecting indigenous rights in the Philippines

by Brendan Welsh

Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues logoFather Rex Reyes, Episcopal Priest and first Indigenous Person to be named General Secretary of the National Council of Churches of the Philippines (NCCP), was representing SKIPNet (Stop Killing Indigenous Peoples Network) at today’s side event of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

Father Reyes said, “We understand our struggle within the framework of the doctrine of discovery [and] we are not calling for a return to the ways of the past. We just want people in the Philippines to share our resources and work together, so that all of us may enjoy the benefits ...

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April 1, 2012

Public Forum on the State of Human Rights in the Philippines

by Jessica Hawkinson

On 19 May 2012, our colleagues in the United Methodist church sponsored a public forum on human rights in the Philippines.

Singing group in the PhilipinesIn the past year and a half, 67 extrajudicial killings, nine disappearances and 78 political arrests have marked the landscape of the new government in the Philippines. These violations of human rights in the Philippines are only a sampling of the violations that have plagued the country’s history. As part of its annual Universal Periodic Review, the United Nations Human Rights Council is currently evaluating the human rights situation in the Philippines. Ecumenical leaders from ...

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February 29, 2012

Extra-Judicial Killings and Human Rights Violations in the Philippines

From our church partners, the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP).

28 February 2012

Motion to Dismiss Denied:  
Court Orders Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to Answer United Church of Christ in the Philippines(UCCP) on Extra-Judicial Killings and Human Rights Violations

On June 16, 2011, the United Church of Christ in the Philippines through its General Secretary Reuel Norman O. Marigza along with 5 families representing victims of extra-judicial killing and surviving victim of abduction, torture and illegal detention Pastor Berlin Guerrero filed a legal suit against former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for her responsibility in human rights violations.   Arroyo’s ...

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