These Things Concern Us All!
As the International Day for Human Rights (10 December) draws near we are reminded of the words of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who urges us to “intensify our efforts to fulfill our collective responsibility to promote and protect the rights and dignity of all people everywhere”.
In addition to the major public awards giving particular recognition for outstanding contribution in advocating for human rights, Human Rights Day is also an opportunity for each of us to reflect on the many ways we have also contributed to the advancement of human rights. Our attitude and action, our compassion and passion are greatly strengthened as we work together to uphold human rights.
What responsibility will you take to continue promoting human rights in 2014?
Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH) continues its significant work of raising awareness, advocating for change and identifying scope for action.
Launched in July 2013, ACRATH’s Education Resource (on-line) is based on four key steps: Introduction, Information, Recognition and Action. Discover ways to support ACRATH.
At the November Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) discussion included climate change. Whilst the Leaders acknowledged vulnerability of countries and island states who are struggling to adequately respond to the catastrophic impact of climate change, Australia and Canada did not support a Green Capital Fund due to reservations about the language in the document.
In what ways can you raise the importance of this type of fund with the Australian government or the United Nations?
The impact of unconventional gas mining remains a persistent concern within the community. In November the Victorian Premier stated that the controversial gas extraction method will be banned until at least July 2015, with further research to be undertaken.
Listen and see what is happening around Australia: Undermining Australia and Fractured Country.
How will you continue asking the politicians to ensure independent and transparent research is undertaken so that any decisions have carefully considered the impact on water quality, food production, and the health and well-being of communities?
Courage can be a hidden virtue. Faith can be personal.
Goodness is the kind of character trait, however, that cannot be practiced alone.
Goodness requires a public posture. To be good you have to be good to someone else.
And most essential of all, perhaps, to the nature of goodness
is the fact that not to choose – not to get involved,
not to decide, not to bother – is the most serious choice of all.
Aspects of the Heart, Joan Chittister: Garratt Publishing Pty Ltd Australia, 2012
Carmel Heagerty RSM, Institute Justice Co-ordinator: Institute.Justice@ismapng.org.au