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Mobile devices have become the key source of information, more and more replacing traditional media. Photo: Unsplash
29 Oct
Between faith and fake news
Public theology, media, webinar, Theology, Ecumenical, Interfaith, LWF member churches, Education, Human Rights
29 Oct
More understanding of social media tools, and more cooperation between faith communities and civil society is needed to counter the flood of fake news and the subsequent polarization of the public...
An activist against sexual violence in conflict speaks up during an LWF event together with the Mukwege foundation in November 2019. LWF is working with the Mukwege foundation and SEMA, a global network of survivors to end wartime sexual violence in 21 countries. Photo: LWF/ L. Gillabert
28 Sep
Human Rights Council: Concern about sexual violence in South Sudan
Statement, Women, Advocacy, Human Rights, human rights council, Violence, gender-based violence, sgbv, Protection, Gender Justice
28 Sep
The LWF has expressed “deep concern” about the high incidence of sexual and gender-based violence in South Sudan.
The United Nations headquarters in Geneva where the 45th regular session of the Human Rights Council is taking place. Photo: Unsplash/Mat Reding
24 Sep
Statement urges lifting of unilateral sanctions
Human Rights, Humanitarian Access, Diakonia, Advocacy, Joint Statement, Statement
24 Sep
The LWF has joined with other faith-based organizations to underline the negative impact that sanctions have on the most vulnerable members of society.
A Greek volunteer waves at a refugee boat in the Aegean Sea, directing it toward a safe place to land on a beach on the Greek island of Lesbos. Photo: Paul Jeffrey
23 Sep
Christian organizations representing 2.8 billion people call for more compassionate EU migration policy
Advocacy, Joint Statement, Statement, Human Rights, Migrants, Europe, refugees protection, Ecumenical
23 Sep
LWF joined Christian organizations worldwide in a statement on the dire situation of migrants and refugees in Europe, calling for a more compassionate approach. Together, the organizations signing...
"Solidarity should be the guiding principle governing migration and particularly refugee reception".  Refugees in Hungary, September 2015. Photo: Ujvári Sándor/MTI
22 Sep
Global religious leaders urge end to “broken state of European migration”
Advocacy, Joint Statement, Statement, Human Rights, Migrants, Europe, refugees protection
22 Sep
A dozen global and regional religious organizations released an advocacy statement on the situation of migrants and refugees in Europe that defines their calling as Christians to “welcome the...
Rihab George, senior nurse in the outpatient unit of the Augusta Victoria Hospital, disconnects a bag of antibiotics from a child patient. The hospital offers specialized treatment to Palestinians which is not available to them elsewhere. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
11 Sep
LWF calls for health care without discrimination for Palestinians in Gaza
AVH, Jerusalem, COVID19, WS / COVID19, Advocacy, Children, health, security, occupation, Human Rights, child rights, human rights council
11 Sep
The LWF is again raising the alarm on the difficult health care situation for Palestinians living in the Gaza strip. LWF has signed onto a statement with, the Association of International Development...
The Lutheran Center in Tiaong, Quezon Province, a Lutheran Church in the Philippines ministry, gathers in April with social distancing. Photo: LCP
5 Aug
Being the church in times of COVID-19
LWF member churches, Communion Building, Diakonia, Leadership, Rapid Response Fund, COVID19, Communion, Human Rights, Climate Change, Gender Justice, MC/COVID19
5 Aug
The Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) has posed significant challenges for the member churches of the LWF. A survey in all seven regions revealed impact in the same areas, but with largely different...
The two annual reports are available for download as resources on the LWF website. Montage: LWF/ S. Gallay
3 Jun
Annual Reports highlight humanitarian, development, and advocacy work
Annual Report/Report, World Service, rights-based approach, Diakonia, Women, Advocacy, Refugees, internally displaced people, IDP, Human Rights, UPR, Children's rights, child rights, humanitarian
3 Jun
The LWF has issued two annual reports highlighting its humanitarian, development and advocacy work in 2019. They complement the global LWF Annual Report 2019, which was issued in early May.
An olive tree in Jerusalem, symbolizing the hope for peace in the Middle East. Photo: LWF/M. Renaux
20 May
LWF joins inter-agency call against annexation of Palestinian territory
Palestine, Israel, Jerusalem, West Bank, Human Rights, Advocacy
20 May
The LWF joins a call by the Association of International Development Agencies on the Government of Israel to forgo plans to further annex areas of the occupied Palestinian territory, includi­­ng much...
Internally displaced Rohingya girls at a camp in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. Photo: LWF Myanmar/Phyo Aung Hein
12 May
Put age, gender, diversity at heart of IDP policies
Youth, girls, Children's rights, child rights, IDP, internally displaced people, Human Rights, Ecumenical, Interfaith, Advocacy, Women, #withrefugees
12 May
The LWF has joined a collective of NGOs calling for a more inclusive approach by States and other authorities dealing with Internally Displaced People.
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...
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...
LWF General Secretary says he is “distressed” by the “unsettling scenes at the Turkey-EU borders, particularly in Greece, where people from Syria and from other parts of the world are being treated inhumanely and are left in an unbearable limbo. Photo: Klara Tarr/ELCH
10 Mar
Recalling Europe’s responsibility to protect refugees
refugees protection, Human Rights, Refugees, #withrefugees
10 Mar
LWF leader, Rev. Dr Martin Junge, has written to European Union heads of state reminding them of their responsibilities under the Geneva Refugee Convention.
A child receiving dialysis at Augusta Victoria Hospital, East Jerusalem. The presence of a parent for treatment is one of the key demands of the LWF. Photo: Atta Jabr
27 Feb
LWF and partners advocate for Palestinian children’s access to health care
AVH, Palestine, Children, health, security, occupation, Human Rights, child rights, human rights council
27 Feb
Insufficient health care, limited access to specialized treatment, security checks delaying treatment or hindering the accompaniment of a parent: Palestinian children face many challenges to access...
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.
Refugees at Nadapal transit centre close to the South Sudanese border. Photo: LWF/ C. Kästner
18 Dec
Refugees living in Kenya speak up at UN
Refugees, UPR, United Nations, UNHCR, Human Rights, Diakonia, Advocacy, #withrefugees
18 Dec
Let refugees speak for themselves on the policy level – with this message an LWF delegation of refugees and civil society attended the pre-session of the UPR for human rights in Kenya.
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.
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...
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
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...
The leadership of the Honduran church presenting the 2019 general assembly statement in front of the Martin Luther bust in Tegucigalpa’s public square.  Photo: Roger Rivas
5 Jul
Church solidarity with Hondurans demanding justice and human rights
Human Rights, Peace, Advocacy, human rights defender, health care, Education
5 Jul
The Christian Lutheran Church of Honduras has declared its solidarity with the “clamor of the Honduran people” for better living conditions amid a social and political crisis characterized by attacks...
Human rights defenders have expressed concern about  the partiality of justice in handling the situation. Photo: ILUGUA
3 Jul
Guatemalan church defends right to peaceful protest
human rights defender, Human Rights, Water, indigenous people, Minorities and Indigenous People, Peace
3 Jul
The Guatemala Lutheran Church has called on the public prosecutor’s office to carry out “a criminal investigation” into the destruction of conduits that has led to critical water shortages in the...