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Refugees advocate calls for increased migrant rights

Former director of the bishops' Refugee and Migrant project warns that enforced idleness is unnatural and corrosive of dignity; people need to be allowed to work.

2015.10.30.

Primate appeals for cohesive plan for refugees

“We are being confronted with a human tragedy that requires a generous political and church partnership to help meet the needs of these vulnerable people."

2015.10.26.

Advance of sex buyer’s law in Seanad welcomed

There is broad acceptance across political parties about the links between organised crime & prostitution & the need to put these gangs out of business.

2015.10.08.

Pro Life Campaign runs ‘month for life’ in October

Focus of the National Conference will be "confidently and unapologetically" working to defend the 8th Amendment, Ireland’s Life Equality Amendment.

2015.10.03.

Bishops express solidarity with suffering of refugees

“Urgent reform is required to avoid the creation of an unjust two-tier system in which the needs of those waiting for status for many years are overlooked.”

2015.10.02.

Call for law to protect trafficked sex workers

Sexual Offences Bill will be an opportunity to “wreck the business model” for pimps and traffickers and ensure that Ireland is no longer a safe haven for such crimes.

2015.08.19.

Council of Europe honours Irish missionary nun

Sr Dr Maura Lynch MMM, a doctor-surgeon and obstetrician, recognised for her ground-breaking work with women devastated by obstetric fistula in Africa.

2015.08.11.

PLC question credibility of Amnesty abortion report

Amnesty International’s close links to the pro choice Women on Web organisation raises "very serious questions about Amnesty’s professional judgement".

2015.07.09.

State failed to protect many rights during recession

"It is regrettable that the United Nations Human Rights Committee has consistently criticised Ireland for not expanding the availability of abortion" - PLC barrister.

2015.06.10.

Ban Ki Moon’s role as a bridge builder praised

“Ireland has always been one of the strongest supporters of the United Nations and some 90 Irish soldiers have lost their lives in the quest for worldwide peace.”

2015.05.26.

Church gathers to honour Archbishop Romero

Beatification is not only a fitting tribute to his work, "it is also a powerful message of solidarity to those who continue to put their lives at risk to speak out against injustice".

2015.05.23.

Bishops & philosopher highlight MarRef concerns

"Getting it wrong will almost inevitably further destabilise the family and society; it will pose major problems for legislation," - Bishop MacDaid.

2015.05.19.

UN chief to travel to Tipperary to accept award

“We are honouring Mr Ban for his leadership in mobilising the international community to address climate change, forge a new development agenda.”

2015.05.17.

Govt urged to press EU on persecuted Christians

Persecution is intensifying, Archbishop Neary warns, with ancient Christian communities driven from their lands through ethnic cleaning.

2015.04.30.

Same sex marriages will have ‘right to procreate’

Woman who was the product of 'donor conception' says it is wrong and "should be outlawed by any country which respects human rights".

2015.04.27.

Vatican raises Christian persecution at UN

UN Secretary General, Ban ki-Moon, will meet Pope Francis in the Vatican later this month to issues including climate change.

2015.04.18.

“Definite link between poverty and ill-health”: SJI

"People’s health is influenced by factors such as poor housing, food security, unhealthy early childhood conditions and poor educational status”.

2015.04.07.

PLC raps Amnesty over abortion law criticism

"Amnesty International was once an organisation that you could depend on to defend human rights."

2015.02.26.

Bishops seek protection of asylum-seekers

Statement marks International Human Rights Day with a call to protect the human rights of those living in poverty, asylum seekers and the trafficked.

2014.12.10.

New Irish ambassador meets Pope Francis

Ambassador Madigan looking forward to exploring areas of common interest with the Holy See such as freedom of religion.

2014.11.12.

CSP chief strongly defends Section 37 provisions

Section 37 of Employment Equality Act is about the balancing of legitimate rights: Fr Michael Drumm in a talk on denominational education.

2014.10.31.

Call for Asia Bibi’s safety to be guaranteed

Christian Solidarity Worldwide highlights "spurious grounds of her case, unfair trial proceedings and unjustified solitary confinement she has endured in jail."

2014.10.18.

Rockstar’s ex speaks out against abortion in Dublin

Disability rights campaigner, Dr Kevin Fitzpatrick, warns PLC conference of the step by step advance of euthanasia.

2014.10.13.

All Ireland hero pays tribute to Irish missionaries

"Missionaries continue to work in some of the most volatile, disadvantaged and challenging countries in the world and they do so selflessly and tirelessly" - Anthony Maher.

2014.10.12.

Amnesty finds evidence of ethnic cleansing in Iraq

Report warns Assyrian Christians, Yazidis, Turkmen and Shabaks 'risk being wiped out'.

2014.09.03.

Missionaries promote faith-based values

Misean Cara managed €16 million in funding from Irish Aid for development projects.

2014.08.19.

End slow genocide of Iraq’s christians: Patriarch

Council of European Bishops’ Conferences demands action by UN on "atrocious actions against Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq".

2014.08.15.

Court’s ruling against assisted suicide welcomed

Campaigners lose UK Supreme Court challenge on right to die.

2014.06.26.

ECHR reaffirms autonomy of religious organisations

Any divergence between ideas to be taught and personal beliefs of a teacher could raise a problem of credibility when that teacher actively challenged those ideas - ECHR.

2014.06.17.

Government urged to place people’s rights at the heart of decision making

Put people, not economies first, say Amnesty, SVP and Social Justice Ireland.

2014.06.03.
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