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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
Rev. Dr Simone Sinn, LWF study secretary for Public Theology and Interreligious Relations, and Indonesian interfaith activist Rev. Elga Joan Sarapung. Photo: LWF/P. Mumia
28 Sep
Indonesian interfaith network urges government to ensure freedom of religion
Universal Periodic Review
28 Sep
LWF to submit findings at UN human rights review
Consultation on a building project in Cacarica, Choco, a community of returned displaced people. Photo: ACT/Sean
27 Sep
Colombia peace result of a long process
Peace deal
27 Sep
LWF offers prayer and support
LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge attended the World Day of Prayer for Peace, in Assisi, Italy. Only by relinquishing their greed and perceived freedom to expoit natural resources at will would human beings secure the future of life, he said. Photo: Catholic Community of Sant’Egidio
23 Sep
The thirst for peace – a call for intensified dialogue between religions and cultures
World Day of Prayer for Peace
23 Sep
LWF General Secretary Junge participates at inter-religious gathering in Assisi
Participants discuss diaconal strategies during the workshop in Managua, Nicaragua. Photo: Grosvyn Ariel Rodriguez
29 Aug
Churches share best practice in fight against injustice
HIV and AIDS, Diakonia, Theology, Human resource management
29 Aug
Workshop for diaconal workers in Latin American churches
Camp management officer Nan Oo Hlaing is pleased when women speak up on matters. Photo: LWF Myanmar
18 Aug
Rising to the challenge of camp management
World Humanitarian Day 2016
18 Aug
“Committed to challenging work” with displaced people in Myanmar
A participant from the Myanmar government contributes to the human rights discussion, at a meeting organized by LWF Myanmar. Photo: LWF Myanmar
15 Aug
LWF Myanmar behind “milestone” meeting on human rights
Universal Periodic Review, United Nations, Human Rights, UPR
15 Aug
Government, civil society draw up recommendations for the country
Decades of struggle for legal recognition of his land came to nothing for Don Francisco Siguic. Now the LWF and a Guatemalan human rights association hope to obtain land ownership titles. Photo: LWF/C. Kästner
2 Aug
Protecting earth and identity
land rights, Guatemala
2 Aug
LWF supports Maya communities in Guatemala
France attack is a "desperate attempt" to cast a struggle for political power into a conflict between religions, says the LWF. Photo: LWF/M. Renaux
27 Jul
“Stand with you in prayers and friendship”
Terrorism, Rev. Jacques Hamel, condolences
27 Jul
LWF expresses condolences over killing in St Etienne-du-Rouvray
 An LWF participant at the gender justice training course, Rita Flore, says the pain of discrimination drives her determination to overcome the situation. Photo: LWF/S.Gallay
12 Jul
Faith organizations sharpen human rights skills
Gender Justice, CEDAW, United Nations
12 Jul
LWF one of the leaders of workshop promoting justice for women
Syrian refugee children at a fence facing the Aegean Sea coast, Greece. Photo: ACT/ Paul Jeffrey
4 Jul
“Meet refugees in service and love”
Refugees, European refugee crisis
4 Jul
Letter to European member churches
Council member Daniëlle Dokman makes a submission during the 20 June session of the LWF Council meeting. Photo: LWF/M. Renaux
27 Jun
Solidarity with peace building and encouragement of efforts to foster democracy
Council 2016, LWF Council 2016 resolutions
27 Jun
LWF Council 2016 resolutions
Photo: LWF/Marko Schoeneberg
20 Jun
Global Lutheran leaders sign UN refugee agency petition
World Refugee Day 2016, Council 2016
20 Jun
LWF stands with 60 million displaced people on World Refugee Day
A fast-track education scheme run by the LWF allows Abdulai al Riziq to continue his education. Photo: C.Kästner
20 Jun
Displaced by war
World Refugee Day 2016, South Sudan, DWS South Sudan
20 Jun
Abdulai al Riziq from South Sudan
 A Syrian family living in an unfinished building in Al Mafraq. Many refugees have to trade their food vouchers to pay the rent. Photo: LWF/ M. Renaux
3 Feb
Conditions for Syrian refugees worsen
DWS, Education, Refugees, Refugees. Displaced person, Syria Crisis, Syria
3 Feb
NGO call for better protection and education
 Community consultation in Mozambique prior to UN human rights investigations. Photo: LWF/ S. Oftadeh
21 Jan
Human rights remain a challenge in Mozambique
DWS Mozambique, Human Rights, UPR, Universal Periodic Review
21 Jan
Mixed feedback after Universal Periodic Review
“The call to protect the vulnerable is part of our deepest faith convictions,” LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge told participants at the Geneva conference. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
19 Jan
We must address root causes of the refugee crisis
Human Rights, Refugees. Displaced person, European refugee crisis
19 Jan
Strategic cooperation with faith-based organizations makes a critical difference
Youth hold symbols of creation during an ecumenical celebration at the Cathredral of Notre Dame de Paris during the COP 21 climate talks taking place in nearby Le Bourget, 3 December 2015 Photo: LWF/Ryan Rodrick Beiler
10 Dec
Caring for creation – a bridge between church and society
Climate Change, Climate Justice, Fast for the Climate. Interfaith. COP 21, Youth, Paris, Youth Participation
10 Dec
LWF climate advocates learn about French church eco-justice initiatives
Leaders of Protestant churches in France, Rev. Laurent Schlumberger, Rev. François Clavairoly and Rev. Dr Jean Ravalitera meet LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge (fourth from left) and the COP21 LWF delegtation, in Paris. Photo: LWF/Ryan Rodrick Beiler
10 Dec
Churches stand side by side in fight against climate change
Climate Change, Climate Justice, COP21, Youth Participation, Fast for the Climate. Interfaith
10 Dec
COP 21 delegates learn about unique challenges, advantages for churches
Escorted by a Czech volunteer (in the high-visibility vest), refugees approach the border into Croatia near the Serbian village of Berkasovo. Photo: Paul Jeffrey
10 Dec
Strategies to counter terrorism engender more violence
Human Rights, Human Rights Day
10 Dec
Joint Statement by LWF President and General Secretary on Human Rights Day
Colombian women have learnt how to demand their human rights, through AMAR. Photo: LWF Colombia
8 Dec
Human Rights Day: the long struggle to protect human rights in Colombia
DWS Colombia, Human Rights Day
8 Dec
Human Rights Day throws light on abuses in Colombia
An interfaith group of religious leaders sits in front of empty trays during a public action promoting the Fast for the Climate campaign during the COP21 UN climate summit in Paris, France. Photo: LWF/R. Rodrick Beiler
2 Dec
Faith leaders urge action at UN climate talks
COP21, Climate Justice, Climate Change, Youth Participation, Interfaith, Fast for the Climate
2 Dec
Junge’s emphasis on intergenerational justice at “Fast for the Climate” initiative
Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, dances with Archbishop Thabo Makgoba of South Africa to celebrate some 1.8 million signatures on an interfaith petition for climate justice during the COP21 climate summit in Paris, France. Photo: LWF/R. Rodrick Beiler
29 Nov
Nearly 2 million people-of-faith petition on the eve of COP21
Climate Change, COP21, Fast for the Climate. Interfaith. COP 21, Youth, Climate Justice Climate Change
29 Nov
LWF delegation participates at the "Faith in Climate Justice" Day...
LWF and ACT Alliance delegates take part in side event at COP20 negotiations in Lima, Peru.  Photo:  LWF/Sean Hawkey
27 Nov
UN climate summit results vital for world’s future
COP21, Fast for the Climate. Interfaith, Climate Change, Youth, Youth Participation, Climate Justice, Paris
27 Nov
LWF, ACT Alliance and WCC jointly call for a fair, ambitious agreement
LWF President, Bishop Munib Younan, General Secretary, Rev. Dr Martin Junge and young council members advocate for climate justice. Photo: LWF/Sean Hawkey
26 Nov
Climate change is not an abstract reality for the Lutheran communion
COP21, Youth Participation, Fast for the Climate. Interfaith, Climate Change, Climate Justice
26 Nov
Youth and General Secretary lead the LWF at Paris talks
A Dalit woman in Nepal. Implementing the Discrimination and Untouchability Act of 2011, which abolishes caste discrimination, is a major human rights challenge in Nepal. Photo: LWF/Lucia de Vries
16 Nov
Human rights: Myanmar and Nepal accept LWF recommendations
DWS Myanmar, Universal Periodic Review, UPR, Myanmar, Nepal
16 Nov
Giving communities a voice on the international stage
Photo: Stephen Gibson/photohome.co.uk
14 Nov
LWF decries massive loss of lives in Beirut and Paris attacks
Human Rights, Theology, Violence, LWF General Secretary, Terroism
14 Nov
Younan and Junge encourage people of faith to strengthen peace efforts
 Churches in the Central African Republic strive to help warring factions reconcile, says newly elected president of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Central African Republic, Rev. Dr Samuel Ndanga-Toué. Photo: LWF/S.Gallay
16 Oct
Holding together a fragile peace in the Central African Republic
Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Central African Republic
16 Oct
Dialogue is essential to diffusing religious conflict, says Lutheran church leader Ndanga-Toué
A refugee carrie a child near the Serbo-Croat border.  Photo: Paul Jeffrey
16 Oct
Winter clothing needed for refugees – LWF assessment team
European refugee crisis, Hungary, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hungary
16 Oct
LWF mission assesses situation at Serbo-Croatian border
A woman walks down a street in Myanmar, where women are particularly disadvantaged. The LWF has presented recommendations to the UN human rights process which will scrutinise human rights in Myanmar.
16 Oct
Human rights support sought to change lives in Myanmar
DWS Myanmar, Myanmar, UPR, Human Rights
16 Oct
Delegation from Myanmar presents human rights report report