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Steering committee of the Women’s human rights advocacy training for faith-based organizations. Photo: LWF/George Arende
10 Jul
“Cooperation is a strength and a powerful signal”
Women, Human Rights, faith-based organizations, WICAS, Women’s human rights advocacy training, UN Women
10 Jul
LWF General Secretary welcomes partnership between FBOs and UN on women’s rights
Rose Nathike Lokonyen at the Global Compact on refugees Consultation. Photo: LWF/ Peter Kenny
14 Jun
LWF refugee athlete tells UN to listen to refugees
Kakuma, refugee camps, Refugees, UNHCR, refugees protection, Advocacy, refugee camp, emergency, Lund
14 Jun
Olympic athlete and refugee from the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya, where the LWF works, Rose Nathike Lokonyen’s story quickly drew the attention of the international participants at the 5th formal con
In the wake of the church bombings in Surabaya, young people from the LWF member churches in Indonesia came together and lit 1000 candles, as a symbol of their solidarity with those affected, and also to push back terrorism in all forms. The youth pray that peace will prevail in Indonesia. Photo: National Committee of the LWF in Indonesia
16 May
A voice for peace following bombings in Indonesia
Public Statement, Statement, General Secretary Martin Junge, Violence, Conflict resolution, Terrorism, bombing
16 May
Following terror attacks at three churches and a police station in Surabaya, Indonesia, on Sunday and Monday, the National Committee of the LWF in Indonesia issued a statement calling for peace and st
An olive tree, symbolizing peace, in Jerusalem. Photo: LWF/M. Renaux
14 May
Call for de-escalation of violence in the Holy Land
Public Statement, Statement, General Secretary Martin Junge, Violence, Human Rights, Conflict resolution
14 May
LWF expresses dismay, on statement, over the escalating violence and disproportionate use of force against demonstrators at the Gaza border which has led to the death of 41 people and more than 1700 p
The statement calls for social and climate justice, and support for climate change-hit countries. Climate change can affect weather severely. A tropical storm in El Salvador left devastated fields in its wake. Photo: LWF/M. Boulogne
25 Apr
“Fighting against the commodification of everything”
Public Statement, Statement, Climate Justice, United Nations, World Council of Churches, Creation - Not for Sale, Creation – Not for Sale, Human Beings - Not for Sale, Salvation - Not for Sale, Salvation – Not for Sale, General Secretary Martin Junge
25 Apr
LWF and ecumenical partners urge new economic system serving all
Dr Ojot Miru Ojulu has been appointed new Assistant General Secretary for International Affairs and Human Rights
25 Apr
“We must speak out against injustice”
Human Rights, human rights defender, United Nations, Advocacy, Refugees, refugees protection
25 Apr
The Lutheran World Federation has appointed human rights expert Dr Ojot Miru Ojulu to the position of Assistant General Secretary for International Affairs and Human Rights.
The LWF Council has repeatedly advocated for a peaceful resolution of the conflict in Syria. Photo: LWF/M. Renaux
14 Apr
LWF pushes for peaceful resolution of conflict in Syria and respect for international law
Statement, Public Statement, peace and justice, conflict, War, convention, Conflict resolution
14 Apr
Strengthen the international instruments of justice and peace
Members of the Colombian Commission of Jurists detail the situation in their country at a Human Rights Council side event on 16 March 2018. Photo: LWF/ Peter Kenny
21 Mar
Increase of attacks on human rights defenders in Colombia
UNHRC, peace building, Peace-building, peacebuilding, Advocacy, Human Rights, indigenous people, Minorities and Indigenous People, DWS Colombia, UPR
21 Mar
Despite the peace agreement between the Colombian government and the main guerrilla group, human rights violations continue.
A refugee builds a traditional house in Moyo, northern Uganda. The country has been commended for its progressive refugee policy, allowing displaced people to settle and start a livelihood. Photo: LWF/ C. Kästner
6 Mar
LWF urges UN members to support progressive refugee policies
UNHCR, Refugees, Welcoming the Stranger, #withrefugees, Advocacy
6 Mar
Together with other non-governmental organizations, The Lutheran World Federation called for more efforts to implement the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework in Africa.
Berta Caceres stands at the Gualcarque River in the Rio Blanco region of western Honduras where she, COPINH (the Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras) and the people of Rio Blanco have maintained a two year struggle to halt construction on the Agua Zarca Hydroelectric project, that poses grave threats to local environment, river and indigenous Lenca people from the region. Photo: Tim Russo/Goldman Environmental Prize
30 Nov
Ecumenical groups join in UN forum on business and human rights in Geneva
Human Rights, Advocacy, WCC, ACT Alliance, land rights, Diakonia
30 Nov
LWF, WCC and ACT Alliance arrange side-event on meaningful dialogue with communities
Newly arrived refugees outside the parish house of Katarina Parish, Stockholm, Sweden. Photo: Magnus Aronson /Ikon
24 Nov
Pleading for the rights of unaccompanied minors fleeing crisis
CoS, Migrants, European refugee crisis, Child Protection, Children, Human Rights
24 Nov
Church of Sweden seeks urgent government protection for vulnerable youth and children from Afghanistan
Prof. Theodor Dieter, director, LWF Institute for Ecumenical Research in Strasbourg, France. Photo: Biersack
19 Oct
Strasbourg Institute director Dieter to receive 2017 Ratzinger Prize
Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, JDDJ, Prize
19 Oct
Lutheran ecumenist Prof. Theodor Dieter will receive the 2017 Ratzinger Prize on 18 November.
UN Office in Geneva. Photo: LWF/M. Renaux
4 Oct
Supporting civil society’s agenda for human rights
faith-based organizations, Human Rights, United Nations, Indonesia, South Sudan, Myanmar
4 Oct
LWF intervenes at UN Human Rights Council
LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
8 Aug
LWF General Secretary Junge to receive 2017 Augsburg Peace Prize
Augsburg Peace Prize, LWF General Secretary, Peace, Interreligious Dialogue, Lutheran-Roman Catholic relations
8 Aug
Recognition of a “patient bridge-builder between the continents”
South Sudanese refugees receive a hot meal at Palorinya refugee camp, Uganda. Photo: LWF/ C. Kästner
28 Mar
“Don’t reconvert plowshares into swords”
drought, Food Security, Advocacy, emergency response, South Sudan, Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Uganda, Djibouti, Nigeria, Yemen
28 Mar
On March 16, the United Nations issued an alert, drawing attention to the famine in South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and Nigeria.
Patrick Tambure fled the Democratic Republic of the Congo with his family, because they no longer felt safe. He and four of his eight siblings have albinism. Photo: LWF/M. Renaux (2015)
24 Mar
Lutheran Bishop in Tanzania speaks up against the persecution of people with albinism
Protection, Africa, albinism, Tanzania, UN Human Rights Commission
24 Mar
LWF urges Human Rights Council to work with religious leaders
Students celebrate the return of exiled SWAPO leader Sam Nujoma on 14 September 1989
20 Mar
The LWF and Namibia’s quest for independence
Assembly 2017, Twelfth Assembly, Namibia, Independence
20 Mar
In pictures, the story of the LWF in the lead-up to Namibian independence
Basanti Chaudhary in the KPUS office. Photo: LWF/ Chandan Shilpakar
8 Mar
The dream of freedom
women's rights, Human Beings - Not for Sale, not4sale, Women
8 Mar
A former house servant becomes an advocate against bonded labor
The Africa pre-Assembly was told hunger dehumanizes people while the only way to divide the wealth in the world is through attaining quality education. Photo: LWF ALCINET/Felix Samari
10 Feb
Zero hunger and quality education paramount to Africa
Sustainable Development Goals, 2030 Agenda
10 Feb
Africa Pre-Assembly discusses Sustainable Development Goals
A refugee from Mosul, Iraq, checks her name in order to recieve assistance, at the Dibaga camp, Makhmur, Iraq. Photo: LWF/Seivan M.Salim
10 Feb
Prayer and action on behalf of those seeking refuge
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, ELCA, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton
10 Feb
ELCA presiding bishop sends pastoral letter
Faith calls all Christians to love and welcome the stranger, the refugee, the internally displaced person, the statement says. Photo: LWF Jordan/Maria de la Guardia
31 Jan
LWF signs statement with ecumenical partners on US Presidential Executive Order on Refugees
Regufees
31 Jan
“Abysmal failure of compassion and responsibility”
The 25th anniversary celebration highlighted the various ministries in which ordained women serve in India’s Lutheran churches. Photo: LWF/P. Lok
25 Oct
A movement to transform the churches in India
Women's Ordination
25 Oct
25 years of women’s ordination celebrated
Helsinki's Kallio Church will ring a funeral melody to raise awareness about the bombing of Aleppo. Photo: Henna Aaltonen
14 Oct
Church bells ringing in Finland for Aleppo
Aleppo, Syria, Human Rights
14 Oct
LWF supports initiative to protest violations
LWF President Bishop Younan and General Secretary Junge expressed deep appreciation for the previous leadership of Antonio Guterres, left, as High Commissioner for Refugees. Photo: LWF
13 Oct
LWF congratulates UN Secretary General-Designate António Guterres
Secretary General-Designate of the United Nations, António Guterres
13 Oct
Younan and Junge encourage former High Commissioner to draw inspiration from service to refugees
Men in South Sudan reconstruct their house after the village was destroyed in Jonglei. Photo: ACT/ Paul Jeffrey
3 Oct
Churches vital for peace process in South Sudan
South Sudan conflict, panel discussion
3 Oct
Panel discussion about civil society and peace-building from below in South Sudan
Panel discussion on rights of refugees in protracted situations. Photo: LWF/C. Kästner
28 Sep
Refugee rights in protracted situations
Refugees, East and Horn of Africa
28 Sep
LWF panel discusses rights of refugees in protracted East African crises