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Fujimori Re-Imprisonment and Peru’s Forgotten Forced-Sterilization Program

In an age when the #MeToo movement has increased the sensitivity toward the rights of women, many would be shocked to realize that a U.S. government agency and the U.N. Population Fund encouraged and financed a program of forced sterilizations in Peru during the 1990s. …

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Freedom of Religion and Freedom of Expression Have Delicate Interplay, Says Holy See at UN

There must be a delicate interplay between the two human rights of freedom of expression and freedom of religion. Both are human rights — meaning everyone should have them. But “these freedoms, as with all rights, are to be understood within  the  framework  of  the  universality and  interdependence  of  all  fundamental human rights. The danger arises, however, when human rights are understood from  an approach that considers freedom as complete license or autonomy, the exercise of  one’s  freedom  without  any  reference  to  the  other  or  to  the  ‘obligation’  which  corresponds  to  the  right.” …

Freedom of Religion and Freedom of Expression Have Delicate Interplay, Says Holy See at UN

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Holy See at UN Condemns Violence Against Women in Armed Conflict

Vatican City, April 24, 2015

“A proper vision of women’s roles in society, and an integration of women in every social sector, are crucial aspects of the prevention of violence.” …

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‘Ukraine is Flowing With Blood’, Say Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Bishops

Lviv, September 11, 2014

The world’s Ukrainian Greek-Catholic bishops, meeting in Lviv for their annual Holy Synod, have appealed to the international community to help restore peace in the country.

In a statement, the bishops said “Ukraine is flowing with blood!” and pointed to “direct military intervention” in the country by Russia. The bishops also decried the “unprecedented level of hatred and distortion” taking place in the media, and called on the international community to “take the necessary decisions [to] restore peace and security in Europe.”

Russia intervened in Ukraine in February following the overthrow of pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych. Russian soldiers gradually took control of Ukrainian-ruled Crimea and …

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Life, Marriage and Family Must Be Affirmed at UN General Assembly Session

New York, September 11, 2014 

Every year like clockwork, as New York City experiences the first signs of fall with cooler nights and changing leaves, organized chaos descends upon the city during the month of September. This year, September 16 marks the start of the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly. This is the biggest U.N. event of the year, which brings with it presidents and prime ministers, along with their ministers, aids, and members of the press. Thousands of civil society representatives come to the United Nations to observe and influence the discourse. The United Nations is a battleground for the prevailing issues of our day, and the General Assembly is the most crucial fight of the year. …