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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In January 2019, the Guatemalan government rescinded an agreement with the CICG, effectively disbanding the work of the commission which was set up in 2006 with support from the UN.
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...
More than 250 migrants have drowned since the beginning of 2019 as they attempted to cross the Mediterranean Sea to escape poverty and violence. Photo: Óglaigh na hÉireann
22 Jan
Lutherans in Italy call for compassion to end migrant deaths in the Mediterranean Sea
Migrants, Italy, Advocacy, Human Rights
22 Jan
The Evangelical-Lutheran Church in Italy has called for greater solidarity and compassion to end the tragedy of migrants dying in the Mediterranean Sea.
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.
(From left) Judith VanOsdol, LWF program executive for gender justice and women’s empowerment; Kathrin Wallrabe, ELCS equal opportunities officer and WICAS regional coordinator for Central Western Europe; Bettina Westfeld, LWF Council member and vice-president of the ELCS synod. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
29 Nov
Participation of women and men is a theological issue
Women in Church and Society, Leadership, women in leadership, Human Rights, LWF Twelfth Assembly, Twelfth Assembly, Women
29 Nov
The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Saxony has passed a law to recognize the fundamental issue of gender justice in the composition of church governing bodies.
Rev. Judith VanOsdol, LWF program executive for Gender Justice and Women's Empowerment. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
23 Nov
LWF’s invitation to “Walk our Talk” and end violence against women and girls
Women, Women in Church and Society, WICAS, empowerment, faith and women’s empowerment, 16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence, Gender Justice, Human Rights
23 Nov
This year’s global campaign to end violence against women and girls is an opportunity for the Lutheran communion “to renew and reaffirm our deep commitments toward ending sexual and gender-based...
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
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
Jillian Aballe (World Council of Churches), Christine Löw (UN Women Geneva liaison office) and Christine Mangale (Lutheran Office for World Community) sit on a panel during the women's human rights advocacy training for faith-based organizations, held in Geneva. Photo: LWF/George Arende
5 Jul
Putting women’s rights on the UN agenda
Women, Human Rights, faith-based organizations, WICAS, Women’s human rights advocacy training, UN Women
5 Jul
Feminist faith actors will be critical to ensuring the Sustainable Development Goals are implemented, the director of the UN Women liaison office in Geneva has told a women’s human rights training...
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...
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.
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
Guatemalan Lutheran church leader Rev. José Pilar Álvarez Cabrera (right) and Anneli Rogeman, We Effect, at the 2017 Lobbyist for Change prize ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden. Photo Ola Richardsson/We Effect"
14 Nov
‘The prize gives us hope’
Human Rights, indigenous people
14 Nov
Guatemalan Lutheran church leader José Pilar Álvarez receives 2017 Lobbyist for Change Award
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 ...
Katrine Ringhus, advocacy officer for the LWF country program in Colombia. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
27 Sep
A spotlight on growing violence against defenders of land rights in Colombia
Peace-building, Human Rights, land rights
27 Sep
LWF-supported platform says environmental and civil society leaders are targeted
Rev. Suyapa Ordoñez (left) from the Christian Lutheran Church of Honduras and Rita Flores, Bolivian Evangelical Lutheran Church, participated in the July 2016 FBOs’ training on women’s human rights, and attended the 64th CEDAW session at the United Nations in Geneva. Photo: LWF/C. Rendón
3 Jul
Strengthening advocacy for women’s human rights
Human Rights, CEDAW, Women, faith-based organizations
3 Jul
LWF gathers faith-based organizations at training around CEDAW session
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
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
 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
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
Feeling inspired: young people at a youth network camp come up with ideas to improve life in their communities. Photo: LWF Central America
8 Dec
Human Rights Day: Working for justice in Nicaragua
Nicaragua, Human Rights, Human Rights Day
8 Dec
How a youth network changes society in Central America