human rights

Protesters at Standing Rock. Fibonacci Blue/Flickr
The Jesuits in the USA and Canada have described as “morally unacceptable” the decision by the US Army Corps to resume the process that would establish a pipeline that would cross under the Missouri River north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. They claim that it would violate the rights of the indigenous peoples and would threaten their water supplies.In a statement from the Jesuit Conference of the USA and Canada, the Society of Jesus, together with the Red Cloud Indian School on the...
President Santos and Timochenko at the signing of the peace treaty in Colombia (Xinhau/Jhon Paz)
This Sunday (2 October), the people of Colombia are due to ratify the peace treaty that brings to an end a civil war that has lasted for more than half a century. The treaty was signed on Monday, the eve of the Feast of St Peter Claver SJ (1581-1654), the Jesuit who rescued thousands of Africans from slavery in the 17th century and who is commemorated in the church that bears his name in Cartagena de Indias.The signatories at Cartagena on 26 September were the leader of the FARC (the...
The Jesuit Refugee Service in Malta has been named as one of three finalists shortlisted for the Václav Havel Human Rights Prize 2014. Meeting yesterday (26 August) in Prague, the panel that selects the prize winner also named B'Tselem, which works in East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza, defending the rights of both Israelis and Palestinians, and Azerbaijani human rights activist Anar Mammadli.The Václav Havel Award for Human Rights is an international award established in 2013...
A worker at a Jesuit-run radio and social action centre in Honduras has been stabbed and killed in what is believed to have been a politically-motivated attack.  CAFOD partner Carlos Mejia Orellana (pictured), a 35-year-old lawyer who worked for ERIC-RP was stabbed four times in the chest at his home in El Progreso. The Catholic aid agency vowed yesterday that the struggle for justice that he helped to lead will go on.Carlos and other colleagues at ERIC-RP had received repeated death...