Statements

A Gift to all Humankind

Statement of Justice and Peace Europe on the Occasion of the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights   70 years ago, on the 10th of December 1948 in Paris the member States of the United Nations signed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Human Rights existed before...

Promoting the Right to Water

Declaration of the General Assembly 2018   Drawing on the inputs and discussions of the International Workshop “Water: Source of Life – Human right and Europe’s responsibility” and inspired by Pope Francis’ encyclical letter Laudato Si’ the General Assembly of Justice and Peace Europe adopted...

Turkey's military action in North Syria is contrary to international law

Statement of the Executive Committee of Justice and Peace Europe   Justice and Peace Europe calls for an immediate end to the Turkish invasion of Syria, which hits one of the last undamaged regions in the country. In Afrin, since Syrian civil war broke out in 2011, hundreds of thousands of...

Multinational companies and Human Rights. Towards an international legally binding instrument

Statement of Justice and Peace Europe on the occasion of Human Rights Day (10 December)   Multinational companies have acquired in recent years considerable economic and also political power, which implies an increased responsibility. This means not only the civic obligations to pay taxes...

Nuclear Disarmament: Seeking Human Security

For many, the horror of a potential nuclear war receded from consciousness with the end of the Cold War, but recent geopolitical developments remind us that our world remains in grave danger. Even a limited nuclear exchange would have devastating consequences for people and the planet. Tragically,...

Regaining trust and countering fear

Human Rights as a tool against transgression and populism Statement of Justice and Peace Europa on the occasion of Human Rights Day (10 December)   We live in a world full of unrests in many areas, be it politics, the economy, society or culture. More and more people feel insecure and are...

Creating a safe haven for all: Refugees and human dignity

Europe is at a crossroads: Will it show leadership based on its commitment to the values of human rights and solidarity, or will it choose to exclude refugees from access to dignified and safe life, giving way to nationalist and populist agendas? The Conference of European Justice and Peace...

Statement on the European Union

By the General Assembly of the Conference of European Justice and Peace Commissions   The informal EU summit in Bratislava on 16 September was the first occasion after the UK referendum for the 27 Heads of State and Government of the European Union to meet without the UK prime minster. The...

Fairer taxation strengthens social justice

Statement of Justice and Peace Europe on recent decisions of the Council of the European Union   In recent months and years, media leaks have revealed the shocking extent of systematic tax fraud and aggressive tax avoidance. Tax havens and loopholes in the legislation of many countries are at...

A Catholic pledge for the Sustainable Development Goals

Statement of the Conference of European Justice and Peace Commissions on the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals at the UN General Assembly in New York, 25 September 2015  1. The 25th of September 2015 was a special and memorable day. On this same day Pope Francis gave an...
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