Migrants and migrant children around the world are subject to violations of human rights, discrimination, and exploitation. According to the OHCHR “Violations of economic, social and cultural rights are daily experiences for countless migrants who are denied access to public health care, adequate housing and essential social security.” As members of the NGO Committee on Migration in New York and participants in the NGO Consultations on Refugees in Geneva, UNANIMA works for the recognition and protection of the rights of all migrants. We seek to support social integration and decent work for all, and to fight forced migration and human trafficking throughout the world.
The Holy Union Sisters’ American Province intranet is regularly used to transmit items about pending and current legislation, alerts, and general information about topics closely allied with UNANIMA goals: International Women’s Day/Month, Violence Against Women Act; World Water Day, Farming; Immigration Reform, Dream Act.
RJMs in Syria write: As you well know, the situation in the country is extremely dangerous. There seems to be little hope of an end to the violence and there is great suffering on the part of ordinary families, many of whom are innocent victims of a conflict they do not want. There are two RJM houses in the country: one in Damascus and one in Aleppo. The winter in Syria is the worst for over 20 years and the people are in desperate need of many basic things. Please pray for them since the sanctions imposed on Syria by most of the world have meant that no aid money can enter the country directly.
“…because language is a tool we all use in our daily lives and ministry. Panelists from Africa, Europe, and the Americas (diplomats, academics, a psychologist, and a journalist) reflected on the tension that exists between free speech, censorship, common sense, and hate speech. Although nations have no obligation to protect their citizens from offense (consequently, blasphemy is not usually a crime), they are obliged to protect from harm. Thus free speech is not absolute: there is no ‘right,’ for example, to advertise for child pornography.”
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