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Edmund Rice ministries are active in advocating for human rights and the planet from the local level through to the global level, including through UN mechanisms.
The United Nations (UN)
The United Nations is an international organization founded in 1945. It is currently made up of 193 Member States. See their website HERE
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR)
The UDHR is a milestone document in the history of human rights. Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris in 1948 as a common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations. See their website HERE
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
The OHCHR works in partnership with states, civil society and the UN agencies in order to ensure that international human rights standards are implements on the ground. It supports the work of the UN human rights mechanisms, such as the Human Rights Council and the core Treaty Bodies set up to monitor states’ compliance with international human rights treaties, promotes the right to development, coordinates UN human rights education and public information activities and strengthens human rights across the UN system. See their website HERE
The Human Rights Council
The Human Rights Council is an inter-governmental body within the United Nations system made up of 47 States responsible for the promotion and protection of all human rights around the globe. See their website HERE
Universal Periodic Review (UPR)
The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a process which involves a review of the human rights records of all UN Member States. The UPR is a State-driven process, which provides the opportunity for each State to declare what actions they have taken to improve the human rights situations in their countries and to fulfil their human rights obligations.
The UPR is designed to ensure equal treatment for every country when their human rights situations are assessed. The ultimate aim of this mechanism is to improve the human rights situation in all countries and address human rights violations wherever they occur. See their website HERE
Human Rights Treaty Bodies
The human rights treaty bodies are committees of independent experts which monitor the implementation of the core international human rights treaties. Each State party to a treaty has an obligation to take steps to ensure that everyone in the State can enjoy the rights set out in the treaty.
Currently, there are nine human rights international treaties, and one optional protocol, from which 10 treaty bodies have been established. See their website HERE
Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council
The special procedures of the Human Rights Council are independent human rights experts with mandates to report and advise on human rights from a thematic or country-specific perspective. The system of Special Procedures is a central element of the United Nations human rights machinery and covers all human rights: civil, cultural, economic, political, and social. There are currently 44 thematic and 12 country mandates. See their website HERE
The Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC)
CRC is the body of 18 Independent experts that monitors implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child by its State parties. It also monitors implementation of two Optional Protocols to the Convention, on involvement of children in armed conflict and on sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography. On 19 December 2011, the UN General Assembly approved a third Optional Protocol on a communications procedure, which will allow individual children to submit complaints regarding specific violations of their rights under the Convention and its first two optional protocols.
The Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted and opened for signature, ratification and accession by General Assembly in November 1989. See their website HERE
United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR)
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people. See their website HERE
UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. See their website HERE
UPR InfoUPR Info’s mission is to utilise the United Nations Universal Periodic Review (UPR) to ensure cooperation among all actors, including states, governments, national human rights institutions, civil society, United Nations Agencies, parliamentarians, academics, and media, to implement human rights obligations and commitments. See their website HERE
The International Service for Human Rights
ISHR is an independent, non-governmental organisation dedicated to promoting and protecting human rights. We achieve this by supporting human rights defenders, strengthening human rights systems, and leading and participating in coalitions for human rights change. See their website HERE
If you want to find out more about climate change, including COP21 – the Paris Agreement - and the Framework Convention on Climate Change, visit their website HERE
There is more information about UNEP HERE
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the United Nations body for assessing the science related to climate change. The IPCC was created to provide policymakers with regular scientific assessments on climate change, its implications and potential future risks, as well as to put forward adaptation and mitigation options. See their website HERE
Click on the image below to find out more by visiting the website of Edmund Rice International
Information on other Advocacy projects in the network is available below:
Edmund Rice Justice Centre - SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
The Edmund Rice Centre is involved in a range of projects and activities across the four areas of its operation in research, community education, advocacy and networking. The Centre's objectives are to:
Conduct and encourage research into the causes of poverty and inequity in society, especially with regard to youth and Indigenous Australians.
Promote teaching that supports awareness, understanding and action in the areas of justice and community issues.
Promote experiential learning activities through organised and reflective immersion programs in Australia and internationally.
Encourage the development of skills in advocacy and social action.
Facilitate liaison and networking opportunities amongst agencies involved in social justice and community education activities.
Edmund Rice Centre for Justice and Community Education
PO Box 2219 (15 Henley Rd)
HOMEBUSH WEST, NSW 2140
Edmund Rice Christian Brothers JPIC network - NORTH AMERICA
The Edmund Rice Christian Brothers North America JPIC network supports justice efforts in school ministries. It was inaugurated in April, 2008. Co-sponsored by ERCBNA Office for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation and the ERCBNA Office of Eucational Services in order to foster, support, and partner justice work in all North American school ministries within the charism of Blessed Edmund Rice.
Check out their website, clicking on the image here:
Edmund Rice Advocacy Network - KENYA
Edmund Rice Justice AOTEAROA - NEW ZEALAND
Edmund Rice Justice Aotearoa - New Zealand has being running as a organization since 2005 to provide support and community for young adults intersted in social justice. Supporters range in ages and occupations but are all held together by a passion to be involved in social justice issues.
We currently provide services such as
- Community meetings for young adults and school students
- Advocacy comments and campaigns
- Information and resources on current issues
- Services such as restorative justice facilitation
- Support for new and developing social justice initiatives
Over the past number of years there is an increasing awareness among us that we are being called to live in a new way, to live in a partnership relationship with creation.
Here are some resources that can help us to creatively live in right relationship:
I believe that Saint Francis is the example par excellence of care for the vulnerable and of an integral ecology lived out joyfully and authentically… He shows us just how inseparable the bond is between concern for nature, justice for the poor, commitment to society, and interior peace.
Laudato Si #10,
It is essential to seek comprehensive solutions which consider the interactions within natural systems themselves and with social systems. We are faced not with two separate crises, one environmental and the other social, but rather with one complex crisis which is both social and environmental. Strategies for a solution demand an integrated approach to combating poverty, restoring dignity to the excluded, and at the same time protecting nature.
Laudato Si #139
A healthy politics is sorely needed, capable of reforming and coordinating institutions, promoting best practices and overcoming undue pressure and bureaucratic inertia.
Laudato Si #181,