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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...
LWF Youth secretary Ms Pranita Biswasi, addressing the side-event on a human rights’ perspective in climate action processes at the UN Office in Geneva. Photo: LWF/F. Wilches
2 Jul
Call for human rights-based climate action
Climate, Climate Change, Climate Justice, Gender Justice, Human Rights, Paris Agreement
2 Jul
Meaningful climate policies and action must address the human rights perspective of the disproportionate impact of climate change on women, youth, minority groups and indigenous communities.
Refugees wait their turn, at a distribution of non-food items in Minawao. The Minawao camp for Nigerian refugees, located in the Far North region of Cameroon, hosts some 58,000 refugees from North East Nigeria. The refugees are supported by the Lutheran World Federation, together with a range of partners. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
20 Jun
Faith actors call for Global Solidarity with Refugees
Department for World Service, Ebola, LWF Uganda, DRC, Risk Management, Refugees, #withrefugees, refugee, Human Rights, World Refugee Day, peace building, Peace, Protection, refugees protection, xenophobia
20 Jun
The diversity of origins and traditions which make humanity unique are being targeted by intolerance, sometimes by brutal violence, and refugees are often on the front line of this assault...
Members of the panel discussing prospects for peace and human rights in Colombia. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
11 Jun
Churches pledge support for Colombia’s human rights defenders
Ecumenical, Human Rights, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, women's rights, Colombia, Peace
11 Jun
The international community must do more to support those seeking to be a prophetic voice for justice and peace in Colombia today. That was the appeal from members of the Bogotá-based inter-church...
Worship service at the LWF Council 2018. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
4 Jun
‘Freely you have received, freely give’
Annual Report/Report, theological formation, Human Rights, Gender Justice, Youth Participation, Diakonia
4 Jun
The LWF has published its 2018 Annual Report. Titled “Freely you have received, freely give,” it records the life and work of the LWF in 2018, giving insight into the commitment to work for holistic...
Prize winners Germán Graciano Posso and  Genaro de Jesús Graciano with Verdiana Garcia from the Church of Sweden and Cesar Grajales, Diakonia Sweden Colombia Program. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
28 May
The dangerous task of defending human rights in Colombia
human rights defender, Human Rights, Peace, peace building, Award, Minorities and Indigenous People
28 May
Three award-winning Colombian human rights defenders visited the LWF on 27-28 May as part of a European tour to raise awareness of the dangers and difficulties faced by so many people working for...
LWF Assistant General Secretary for International Affairs and Human Rights, Dr Ojot Miru Ojulu addresses the Geneva conference. Photo: WCC/Ivars Kupcis
22 May
Educating for peace in a multi-religious world
Peace, Pope Francis, Human Rights, Migrants, ecumenism, inter-religious dialogue
22 May
LWF Assistant General Secretary for International Affairs and Human Rights, Dr Ojot Miru Ojulu, spoke at an ecumenical and interfaith conference on 'Promoting Peace Together'...
Rev. Angela del Consuelo Trejo Haager, from the Mexican Lutheran Church at the Latin America and the Caribbean & North America leadership meeting in Peru. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
20 May
Churches in the Americas: witnessing together for justice and peace
LWF member churches, Youth, Women, Human Rights, Member Churches, Gender Justice, Migration, Climate Justice, Climate, theological formation, service, cross-regional relationships, Local & Global event, peace and justice
20 May
Participants to Latin American and the Caribbean and North America leadership conference in Lima, Peru, issue a message pledging to strengthen regional cooperation.
Intergenerational discussion on the witness of the LWF member churches in Latin America and the Caribbean & North America. Photo:LWF/A. Danielsson
13 May
Signs of hope amid challenging times
LWF member churches, Youth, Women, Human Rights, Member Churches, Gender Justice, Migration, Climate Justice, Climate, theological formation, service, cross-regional relationships, Local & Global event
13 May
Vibrant churches who are visible and present in their communities, empowering youth and women, and working on human rights, gender justice, climate justice, and migration, were in focus on the...
Rev. Dr Kenneth Mtata, General Secretary of the Zimbabwe Council of Churches. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
6 May
Vital role of religions in providing safe space for civil society organization
PaRD, Theology, Ecumenical, partners, Advocacy, inter-religious relations, Human Rights, World Council of Churches, peace and justice
6 May
Faith groups play a vital role in opening spaces for civil society engagement with governments, even if that role is often ignored or misunderstood. That’s the view of Rev. Dr Kenneth Mtata, General...
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, peace building
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