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The Universal Periodic Review is a mechanism used by the Human Rights Council to review the human rights situation of United Nations member states. Photo credit: LWF/C. Kästner
19 Jul
Human rights council: protecting the safety and security of vulnerable groups
Theology, Ecumenical, Interfaith, Advocacy, Youth, Women
19 Jul
“We urge the Government of Uganda to take proactive measures that reduce teenage pregnancy while enabling pregnant teenagers to stay in school,” stated Ester Wolf, Advocacy Officer for Human Rights...
Obongi district, Uganda an LWF staff member speaks with the local community and provides support for women and children. LWF uses a local to global to local methodology where advocacy is conducted at the global level feeding back into efforts at the national and local levels. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
16 Jun
Human rights council: advocating with communities from local to global to local
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16 Jun
The 50th Session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) started this week, The Action for Justice unit leads the Lutheran World Federations’ (LWF) advocacy work at the sessions, connecting local...
In Abu Dis, Palestine, 2020: A woman walks toward the Al-Quds ('Jerusalem') University in Abu Dis, with the separation wall mounted by the Israeli authorities in the background. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
16 Jun
Israel-Palestine conflict: A lasting solution must include ending the occupation
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16 Jun
The continued Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories, and the escalating violence including killing of innocent victims threatens people’s lives, human rights and dignity, and violates...
LWF Council members in plenary session at this year’s meeting in Geneva, Switzerland. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
13 Jun
LWF calls for end to war in Ukraine and “bolder efforts” to address other conflicts
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13 Jun
The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) has reiterated its previous calls for Russia’s immediate withdrawal from Ukraine, and urged greater investment by the international community in peaceful means of...
After an eight-month dry season, the riverbed of Tsanaga River lies dry at the outskirts of the city of Maroua, Cameroon. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
24 Mar
Human Rights Council: LWF welcomes appointment of special rapporteur for climate
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24 Mar
At the 49th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC), the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and its interfaith partners welcomed the appointment of the first UN Special Rapporteur on...
Representatives from more than ten different religions gather at an interfaith service in Garnethill Synagogue, Glasgow, on the opening day of a United Nations climate change conference. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
22 Mar
Human Rights Council: Upholding the right to freedom of religion or belief
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22 Mar
At the 49th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC), the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) in partnership with the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) expressed concern about...
LWF continues to advocate for equal access to COVID19 vaccines. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
15 Mar
LWF advocates for equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines at Human Rights Council
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15 Mar
At the 49th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, the Lutheran World Federation advocated for equitable and universal access of COVID-19 vaccines.
Ukrainian refugees at the border between Ukraine and Poland. Photo: Frank Schultze / Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe
4 Mar
Welcome all affected by the war in Ukraine
conflict, emergency, Humanitarian Response, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Peace, solidarity, Ukraine crisis, Welcoming the Stranger, Advocacy
4 Mar
In a statement released on 4 March, the LWF General Secretary Rev. Anne Burghardt expresses grief over reports of discrimination against non-Europeans fleeing the war in Ukraine and calls for the...
LWF General Secretary Rev. Anne Burghardt. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
25 Feb
Restore peace in Ukraine
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25 Feb
In a statement released on 25 February, LWF General Secretary Rev. Anne Burghardt calls for an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine and global solidarity with the people of Ukraine.
"We urge all parties to de-escalate the situation,” said LWF General Secretary Burghardt. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
26 Jan
A peaceful solution must be found for Ukraine
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26 Jan
The LWF is calling on the international community to take immediate action to avert further conflict and war between Russia and Ukraine.
Children behind an onion tank to filter drinking water in Minawao refugee camp. Cameroon, December 2017. Photo: LWF/ C. Kästner
22 Sep
“An unequivocal ‘no’ to violence against children”
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22 Sep
On 16 September 2021, as part of the Together to #EndViolence Solutions Summit Series, the LWF pledged to raise awareness and strengthen advocacy on how to prevent violence against children with the...
Participants in the online training included Lillian W. Kantai, LWF Kenya-Somali Program (left) and Sabrina Senger, Evangelical Church of the Lutheran Confession in Brazil. Photos courtesy
17 Sep
A new phase in faith-based advocacy for gender justice
Action for Justice, Human Rights, Gender Justice, LWF member churches, Advocacy, faith-based organizations, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, women's advocacy, women's human rights
17 Sep
At this year's annual women’s human rights training by faith-based organizations, which after six years of international gatherings is shifting to a more regional-based approach, utilizing the...
A group of nursery gardeners, themselves Nigerian refugees, work in a tree nursery in the Minawao camp for Nigerian refugees in Cameroon in 2019. Planted across 20 so-called ‘green spaces’, a five-year planting and harvest cycle provides firewood, vines for building roofs, and a step in alleviating environmental impact in and around Minawao. The refugees are supported by the LWF, together with a range of partners. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
15 Sep
Human Rights Council: LWF calls for Special Rapporteur on human rights and climate change
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15 Sep
As part of the Geneva Interfaith Forum on Climate Change, Environment and Human Rights, the LWF has called on the United Nations Human Rights Council to establish a Special Rapporteur mandate on...
Attendees at a side event at the United Nations in Geneva on using the Universal Periodic Review as an instrument for peace building rooted in human rights in Colombia. Photo: Peter Kenny"
15 Jul
Protect civic space in post-pandemic recovery
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15 Jul
The 47th session of the UNHRC ended on 13 July, adopting resolutions which include a key commitment to protecting the “essential role of civil society” in the post-pandemic period. The LWF has been...
Kavre District, Nepal. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
12 Jul
Human Rights Council: LWF asks Nepal to prioritize rights of ethnic, religious minorities
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12 Jul
In a statement to the UN Human Rights Council last week, LWF called on the government of Nepal to continue working to implement human rights improvements for ethnic and religious minorities.
Photo: Nick Fewings via Unsplash
2 Jul
Human Rights Council: LWF calls for increased efforts to combat extreme poverty
Human Rights, human rights council, Poverty, Advocacy
2 Jul
In a statement to the UN Human rights Council, the LWF, the WCC, and ACT Alliance have called for increased efforts to combat extreme poverty.