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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
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In January 2019, the Guatemalan government rescinded an agreement with the CICG, effectively disbanding the work of the commission which was set up in 2006 with support from the UN.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...
Viviana Machuca (left), representing the Colombia inter-church platform DIPAZ, and Sara Lara (right), director of the human rights program of IELCO, in Geneva for the CEDAW shadow report on Colombia, meet with Rev. Dr Martin Junge (center), LWF General Secretary. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
26 Feb
Colombia: Pushing for peace and women’s rights
CEDAW, Colombia, women's human rights, Human Rights, General Secretary Martin Junge
26 Feb
Colombia’s hard won peace accords are at risk in the current political climate. That’s the view of a civil society delegation from the South American nation that presented a shadow report to the...
Photo by Chris Slupski on Unsplash
29 Jan
LWF condemns stifling of democracy in Venezuela
Public Statement, Statement, Peace
29 Jan
The Lutheran World Federation expresses deep concern over the ongoing political and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela.
María Ruth Sanabria, Colombian human rights defender. Photo: LWF Colombia
18 Jan
María Ruth Sanabria: 40 years of taking risks to defend the rights of others
Minorities and Indigenous People, human rights defender, Human Rights, Advocacy, Peace, indigenous people
18 Jan
Despite continued threats on her life, María Ruth Sanabria remains undeterred in the struggle for the rights of marginalized people.
A crop of jatropha, an oil fruit used for biofuel production in central Mozambique. Photo: Justa Paz
10 Dec
Nothing to extract from the golden oil fruit
land rights, Mozambique
10 Dec
Mozambican land rights advocates seek justice for victims of risky investments deals
The LWF has urged members of the global community of states to mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights today by reaffirming commitment to the declaration and to safeguarding freedom, justice and peace in the world. LWF general secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge (left) and LWF President Archbishop Musa Panti Filibus (right). Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
10 Dec
70 years on: Upholding the dignity of every human being
Human Rights Day
10 Dec
LWF urges global community of states to safeguard the Universal Declaration of Human Rights ...
Delegation members of the Nigerian civil society coalition. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
6 Nov
Nigerian human rights defenders lobby governments to help end deadly conflict
Humanitarian disaster, Women’s human rights, Human Rights, Nigeria
6 Nov
Representatives of a Nigerian civil society coalition from the Numan Federation have called on United Nations (UN) member states to exert more pressure on the government to end deadly attacks between...
Michelle Bachelet receives flowers during a visit to Haiti in 2012 during her tenure as UN Women executive director. Photo: UN Women (CC-BY-NC-SA)
10 Sep
LWF congratulates High Commissioner Bachelet
Advocacy, Human Rights
10 Sep
Support to new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights as she starts work
Participants of the demonstration against hate and violence in Chemnitz, Germany. Photo: EVLKS/W.A. Müller-Wähner
3 Sep
Sending a signal against hate and violence
Welcoming the Stranger, ecumenism, peacebuilding, Peace-building, peace building, Peace
3 Sep
The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Saxony (ELCS), Germany organized a demonstration against hate and violence in the German city of Chemnitz on 2 September, after a week of violent outbreaks and...
Guatemalan rights defender Maria Corina Ramirez Hernandez is trying to protect the environment as much as the indigenous people. Photo: LWF/Stéphane Gallay
17 Jul
Guatemalan, Bolivian human rights defenders present at UN
land rights, Human Rights, women's rights, land-grabbing, Minorities and Indigenous People, indigenous people
17 Jul
Maria Corina Ramirez Hernandez, a Mayan, is a member of the Guatemala Lutheran Church, a member of the LWF, and was in Geneva to present at the annual meeting of the UN’s Expert Mechanism on the...
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...
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...
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...
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 parallel report assembled by the Lutheran World Federation and Colombian...
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. The director of the LWF Institute for Ecumenical Research in Strasbourg, France, becomes the first...
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. The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) is present with member churches and...