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Ceiling of the UN Human Rights Council, by Spanish painter Miquel Barceló. Photo: LWF/C. Kästner
31 Mar
HRC: LWF advocates for the rights of the most vulnerable
Advocacy, Human Rights, land rights, Palestine, Angola, Climate Justice, UPR, UNHRC
31 Mar
At the 43rd session of the UNHRC, the LWF organized a side event on access to health and delivered oral statements on climate change and human rights, two issues which LWF has identified as being of...
Churches and agencies are calling on the U.S. government “to extend compassion and help to those who are in need” at this time of global pandemic. Photo: LWF/ Shaban Mortaja (Juzoor Gaza)
27 Mar
COVID-19: Churches in U.S. call for end to Middle East sanctions
Gaza, Syria, Palestine, United States, United Nations, COVID19, coronavirus, Ecumenical, Advocacy
27 Mar
In light of the growing crisis because of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic, an ecumenical coalition of U.S. based Christian churches and agencies working in the Middle East has written to...
Seeking asylum is a human right, Lutheran and Catholic bishops in the Nordic countries insist and EU member States have both a legal commitment and a moral obligation to support people escaping from oppression and persecution. In the image, Oreokastro refugee camp outside of Thessaloniki, Greece. Photo: Håvard Bjelland/Kirkens Nødhjelp
11 Mar
Lutheran and Catholic leaders call on EU to support refugees
Ecumenical, refugees protection, Human Rights, Refugees, church, LWF member churches, ecumenical relations, coronavirus
11 Mar
Lutheran and Catholic bishops in the Nordic countries have issued an unprecedented joint statement urging Europe’s leaders to act responsibly towards refugees fleeing from violence and conflict...
Rev. Toshiki Toma (right) and Rev. Kristín Þórunn Tómasdóttir (third from left) with the congregation at Laugarnes-church in Reykjavik. Photo: Rev. Hjalti Jón Sverrisson
14 Feb
Iceland’s pastor for immigrants and asylum seekers
Interfaith, LWF member churches, Diakonia, Advocacy, Japan Evangelical Lutheran Church, The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Iceland, Voices from the Communion
14 Feb
In this interview with Lutheran World Information Rev. Toshiki Toma, pastor in the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik, talks about his work providing advice and counselling to other immigrants in...
Rev. Jongkolnee Sampachanyanon Sim became one of the first two women ordained in The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Thailand in 2018. Photo: LWF/A.Danielsson
31 Jan
Building up the church in Thailand
Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, Women's Ordination, Voices from the Communion, Diakonia
31 Jan
In this interview with Lutheran World Information Rev. Jongkolnee Sampachanyanon Sim who became one of the first two women ordained in The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Thailand, talks about the...
Pogue Community, Bojayá (Chocó). Photo: LWF/ G. Moreno
22 Jan
Concern over situation in Bojayá
Diakonia, Advocacy, Women, Human Rights, human rights defender, humanitarian, Peace, peacebuilding, Peace-building, peace building, indigenous people
22 Jan
The LWF in Colombia has expressed concern over the confinement, threats and occupation which indigenous communities are suffering in the Chocó department of Colombia.
As COP25 is about to draw to a close, hundreds of young people mobilize through Fridays for Future in a strike for the climate, inside and outside the venue of COP25 in Madrid, calling for urgent action for climate justice. All photos: LWF/Albin Hillert
17 Dec
COP25 in pictures
COP25, Climate, Climate Change, Climate Justice, Youth, Advocacy, Ecumenical, Women, Human Rights, Gender
17 Dec
COP25 drew to a close on Sunday, 15 December, after a record-breaking extension of negotiations. For climate justice, undeniably much remains to be done.
 Rev. Dr Sivin Kit, LWF Program Executive for Public Theology and Interreligious Relations speaking at a Global Refugee Forum side event on scaling up a culture of encounter with people seeking refuge, held in Geneva. Photo:: LWF/A. Danielsson
17 Dec
Faith-based action for people on the move
Theology, Refugees, #withrefugees, Advocacy, Ecumenical, Interfaith, Diakonia, Youth, Islamic Relief Worldwide, Caritas Internationalis, Pope Francis, Pope, UNHCR
17 Dec
Together with many partners, the LWF is bringing the voice of faith-based organizations to the Global Refugee Forum, organized by UNHCR from 16-18 December in Geneva, Switzerland.
LWF delegates join ecumenical partners in calling for climate justice at COP25 in Madrid. All photos: LWF/Albin Hillert
10 Dec
With human rights in focus at COP25
COP25, Climate, Climate Change, Climate Justice, Youth, Advocacy, Ecumenical, Women, Human Rights, Gender
10 Dec
It’s Human Rights Day, and as negotiations at the United Nations climate meeting (COP25) in Madrid approach their most intense phase, LWF delegates are zeroing in on a range of thematic blocks – each...
The Ma’ale Adumim settlement in the West Bank. Photo: Yiftachsam, via Wikimedia Commons.
20 Nov
International law and multilateral mechanisms must be respected and strengthened
Statement, Palestine, Israel, Palestinian Territories, United States
20 Nov
The LWF has expressed serious concerns about the unilateral declaration of the United States government that “the establishment of Israeli civilian settlements in the West Bank is not, per se,...
Finnish Archbishop Tapio Luoma . Photo: LWF/ S. Gallay
25 Oct
Finnish church: an integral part of society
Voices from the Communion, Advocacy, Migrants, Human Rights, Refugees, refugees protection, Identity, Christianity
25 Oct
Tapio Luoma elected Archbishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Finland a year ago, speaks about his churches’ work with refugees and migrants, dealing with populism, and staying relevant in a...
LWF South Sudan Advocacy Officer Pauline Tikiba shares about her work with civil society organizations. Photo: LWF/ C. Kästner
11 Oct
Be a better rights defender
rights-based approach, Human Rights, World Service, Climate, Gender, Diakonia, Interfaith
11 Oct
Workshop on rights-based approach brings together experiences from 10 project countries
The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Colombia accompanies ex-combatants and the communities into which they are reintegrating. Here, former FARC commander "Harrison" greets Lutheran pastor Rev. John Hernández. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
3 Sep
Colombian church leaders urge former combatants to ‘follow path of peace’
Advocacy, peace building, Conflict resolution, Colombia
3 Sep
The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Colombia issues a statement urging former combatants not to take up arms
Participants at the LWF advocacy training workshop in San José, Costa Rica, 14-16 July.  Photo: LWF/F. Wilches
30 Jul
LWF rolls out Advocacy Handbook in Central America
advocacy training, Central America, Human Rights, Peace, peacebuilding, peace building, Peace-building
30 Jul
The persecution and killing of human rights defenders, and the exercise of religious freedom in Central America under the spotlight at a training workshop in San José, Costa Rica, rolling out the the...
"Taxation and Reparation. Tools for promoting equity, climate justice & an economy of life. A side event at the UN High-Level Political Forum on the SDGs." Photo: ELCA/Rebecca Anderson
16 Jul
LWF and ecumenical partners launch Zacchaeus campaign for tax justice
Advocacy, NIFEA, Zacchaeus Project, WCC, WCRC, CWM, United Nations
16 Jul
A new, ecumenical campaign advocating for tax justice was launched on 11 July at the United Nations in New York City. The “Zacchaeus Project” is a part of the New International Financial and Economic...
The LWF was part of a delegation that recxently met with survivors of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo: Mukwege Foundation
10 Jul
Call for state responsibility in fight against sexual violence in DRC
conflict, gender-based violence, Violence, Women, women's advocacy, Advocacy
10 Jul
The LWF is among five civil society organizations calling on the DRC government to urgently assume its fundamental obligation to combat sexual violence in a country where the rape of women and girls...
Members of the panel discussing prospects for peace and human rights in Colombia. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
11 Jun
Churches pledge support for Colombia’s human rights defenders
Ecumenical, Human Rights, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, women's rights, Colombia, Peace
11 Jun
The international community must do more to support those seeking to be a prophetic voice for justice and peace in Colombia today. That was the appeal from members of the Bogotá-based inter-church...
Prize winners Germán Graciano Posso and  Genaro de Jesús Graciano with Verdiana Garcia from the Church of Sweden and Cesar Grajales, Diakonia Sweden Colombia Program. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
28 May
The dangerous task of defending human rights in Colombia
human rights defender, Human Rights, Peace, peace building, Award, Minorities and Indigenous People
28 May
Three award-winning Colombian human rights defenders visited the LWF on 27-28 May as part of a European tour to raise awareness of the dangers and difficulties faced by so many people working for...
LWF Assistant General Secretary for International Affairs and Human Rights, Dr Ojot Miru Ojulu addresses the Geneva conference. Photo: WCC/Ivars Kupcis
22 May
Educating for peace in a multi-religious world
Peace, Pope Francis, Human Rights, Migrants, ecumenism, inter-religious dialogue
22 May
LWF Assistant General Secretary for International Affairs and Human Rights, Dr Ojot Miru Ojulu, spoke at an ecumenical and interfaith conference on 'Promoting Peace Together'...
In Uganda, LWF’s humanitarian work includes support to people who have fled conflict in neighboring South Sudan and DRC. At the Rwamwanja refugee settlement, Congolese Zubert Masuku is now a highly skilled fashion designer, who also trains fellow youth for free. Photo: LWF/ S. Nalubega
9 Apr
Human Rights Council: Concern for conflict-affected populations and people with albinism
DRC, South Sudan, Myanmar, albinism, UNHRC, United Nations Human Rights Council, Rakhine Crisis, IDP, internally displaced people, gender-based violence, Human Rights, peace building
9 Apr
The human rights situation in Myanmar, DRC and South Sudan, and access to justice for people living with albinism were key topics for the LWF through four oral statements and a side event at the 40th...
Rev. José Pilar Álvarez Cabrera, President of the Guatemala Lutheran Church. Photo: Craig Foster
26 Mar
Guatemala: Church concern over setback in fight against impunity
Human Rights, human rights defender, Guatemala, Advocacy, Peace
26 Mar
In January 2019, the Guatemalan government rescinded an agreement with the CICG, effectively disbanding the work of the commission which was set up in 2006 with support from the UN.
Lutheran delegation on the first day of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, 11 March, 2019. Photo: Rich Copley
15 Mar
Advocating for women’s access to social protection
Interfaith, UN Women, Commission on the Status of Women, faith and women’s empowerment, Advocacy, CSW
15 Mar
Lutheran women and men from around the world are taking part in the 63rd session of the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women, advocating for increased partnerships between governments and faith-...
LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge and the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Paulino Wanawilla Onango (right) during the LWF-hosted UN side event on human rights in South Sudan. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
13 Mar
South Sudan: Human rights’ review mechanism provides strong foundation for lasting peace
Advocacy, UPR, United Nations, General Secretary Martin Junge, South Sudan
13 Mar
LWF and representatives of both civil society and faith-based actors in South Sudan have noted the government’s growing openness to address human rights violations through constructive engagement...
LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr. Martin Junge speaks at an interfaith panel on the opening day of the Vatican conference on Religions and the Sustainable Development Goals. Photo: GCCM
7 Mar
Faith-based organizations are “uniquely placed to support” UN’s 2030 Agenda
SDGs, Waking the Giant, ecumenicals relations, PCPCU, vatican, Sustainable Development Goals, LWF General Secretary Martin Junge
7 Mar
LWF General Secretary, Rev. Dr Martin Junge addressed an international conference in the Vatican on Thursday, urging faith-based organizations to play a more incisive role in the implementation of...