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Human Rights

Human Rights

Human rights in Catholic Social Teaching relate closely to what is otherwise called the dignity of every human person. Here are some documents and websites relating to those rights and that dignity:

Caritas Internationalis issued a press release including a link to Secretary General Lesley-Anne Knight’s speech on the role of Catholics in HIV/AIDS work at a Catholic networking session on HIV July 16, 2010 in Hein Kardinal Haus, Vienna, emphasizing “compassion, communion and conscience.”

Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns takes up the struggle for immigration reform in the wake of Arizona SB 1070 with these resources.

Maryknoll has also posted the statement from Sudan Catholic’s Bishops Conference on the occasion of their extraordinary plenary session held July 15-22, 2010 in Juba, Sudan.

The USCCB issued a letter July 1, 2010 to the House Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade advocating for nonproliferation and nuclear arms reduction (PDF Document). Another recent letter written on May 12, 2010 to the Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia regarding the violence against Christians in Bangladesh, emphasizing the importance of protecting religious minorities (PDF Document) .

Georgetown Professor Katherine Marshall, Senior Fellow and Leader of the Religion and Global Development Program at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs featured in The Washington Post’s On Faith discussing the importance of bringing faith into the global fight against tuberculosis, a disease largely forgotten in industrialized countries that still ravages much of the developing world.

The Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office of South Africa is engaged in advocacy to reduce human trafficking which is likely to increase due to the World Cup. CPLO argues that “As has been evident in countries that have previously hosted this event, opportunities for the trafficking of women and children by prostitution rings abound.”

Boston College’s Center for Human Rights and International Justice sponsored the Deportation, Migration, and Human Rights: Interdisciplinary Theory and Practice Conference on March 18, 2010. A presentation by Luis Argueta entitled “abUSed: The Postville Raid” tells the story of one of the largest Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids in the history of the United States.

Information of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on human rights and religious liberty.

A report titled Research Study on Trafficking in Human Beings (PDF document), produced jointly by Catholic Relief Services and the Kosova Population Foundation in 2007.

Information on the Catholic Campaign for Immigration Reform.

A paper presented on Human Rights and Peacebuilding by Laura Vargasf, Comision Episcopal de Accion Social, Peru, at CPN’s conference on the Future of Catholic Peacebuilding held April 13-15, 2008 at the University of Notre Dame.

Boston College’s Center for Human Rights and International Justice is implementing the Post-Deportation Human Rights Project. It is a pilot program designed to address the harsh effects of current U.S. deportation policies. The Project aims to conceptualize an entirely new area of law, providing direct representation to individuals who have been deported and promoting the rights of deportees and their family members through research, policy analysis, human rights advocacy, and training programs. The ultimate aim of the Project is to advocate, in collaboration with affected families and communities, for fundamental changes that will introduce proportionality, compassion, and respect for family unity into U.S. immigration laws and bring these laws into compliance with international human rights standards.