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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...
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...
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.
Ulla-Maarit Magga, the member of the ELCF General Synod representing the Sami parliament in Finland. Photo: Aarne Ormio
15 Nov
New translation of the Bible in Northern Sami language
Bible Study, bible, indigenous people, Minorities and Indigenous People, Finland
15 Nov
The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland has approved a new translation of the Bible in the Northern Sami language, with the Finnish Bible Society (FBS) predicting it will strengthen the cultural...
Asmita Nyasur, an indigenous woman in Nepal, used financial support provided by LWF Nepal to recover from the 2015 earthquake. Photo: LWF/Ram Sharan Sedhai
9 Aug
International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples
Nepal, indigenous people, Minorities and Indigenous People, Dalits, Nepal earthquake, Women
9 Aug
August 9 is International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples...
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...
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...
General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge meets with Indigenous people of Pueblo Nuevo, Colombia.  Photo: LWF Colombia/ Diego Álvarez
16 Nov
A faith-inspired resistance to violence
Peace-building, peacebuilding, peace building, LWF General Secretary Martin Junge, land rights, Minorities and Indigenous People, indigenous people, Peace
16 Nov
LWF General Secretary Junge visits indigenous community in Colombia
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hungary supports Roma families such as Eva's (holding her child) with shelter and advocates for their rights. Photo: Tamás Kiss
25 Jun
UN Special Rapporteur seeks faith-based support for human rights’ advocacy
Roma and Sinti, Human Rights, Minorities and Indigenous People, United Nations
25 Jun
LWF’s Oral Statement on Roma People at Human Rights Council
The IERP wiphala symbolizes life in communion amidst different cultures and peoples. Photo: IERP
22 Oct
IERP: Celebrating Diversity and Life in Communion
Minorities and Indigenous People, Climate Change
22 Oct
United Church Synod Launches Its “Ecological Mark”
Second LWF virtual conference on diakonia. Photo: LWF/H. Martinussen
19 Sep
LWF Virtual Conference on Diakonia’s Transformative Power
Member Churches, Second Virtual Conference on Diakonia, Peace, HIV/AIDS, Minorities and Indigenous People, Fast for the Climate, Education
19 Sep
Over 200 Participants Join Online Discussion
IDPs in Northern Iraq resting in a school. Photo: <a href="http://www.ankawa.com/">ankawa.com</a>
2 Sep
UN Human Rights Council to Send Emergency Team to Iraq to Probe Possible ISIS War Crimes
United Nations, Minorities and Indigenous People
2 Sep
LWF Calls for Humanitarian Assistance, Protection of Targeted Minority Groups
Jerusalem. Photo: LWF/D. Harris
21 Aug
LWF Council Adopts Statement on Conduct on Holy Sites
Council 2014, Member Churches, Minorities and Indigenous People, LWF President, United Nations
21 Aug
Calling for Respect of Spiritually Significant Places
Being an agent of peace: Church service in celebration of the 100 years anniversary of The Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria (LCCN). Photo: Felix Samari LCCN/LWF
24 Mar
Freedom of Religion: Liberated From the “Embrace of Power”
Member Churches, Minorities and Indigenous People, Peace, Interfaith, Muslim, United Nations
24 Mar
LWF Reflects on the Report by the Special Rapporteur to the UN Human Rights Council
HKI Bishop Langsung M. Sitorus meets with Pandumaan villagers in North Sumatra. Photo: HKPB/Fernando Sihotang
31 Jan
A Commercial Forest versus Traditional Livelihoods in Indonesia
Minorities and Indigenous People, Economic justice, Member Churches
31 Jan
Lutheran Churches Support Villagers’ Struggle to Protect Rain Forests
Bolivian Lutheran church leader Rev. Emilio Aslla. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
10 Dec
A Lutheran Church in Bolivia’s Highlands
Member Churches, Minorities and Indigenous People
10 Dec
We Have Great Hope, Says Church Leader Aslla
Mr Ivan Ivanov (left), European Roma Information Office, and CCME General Secretary Ms Doris Peschke. Photo: Ilkka Sipiläinen
4 Dec
Call for Justice-Oriented Engagement with Roma People
Roma and Sinti, Minorities and Indigenous People, Migrants, Diakonia
4 Dec
Diaconal Workers Develop Recommendations for Continuing Ministry