Human Rights


January 9, 2009


The Honorable Barack Obama President-elect Presidential Transition Team 451 6th St., NW Washington, DC 20001     Dear President-elect Obama:     We appreciate and value your focus on uniting people to face the many challenges that lie ahead as your inauguration...

January 8, 2009

The Rt. Rev. Suheil S. Dawani, Anglican bishop in Jerusalem, issued the following statement about the situation in Gaza and the Al Ahli Arab Hospital, an institution of the Diocese of Jerusalem that is struggling to provide critical healthcare to anyone in need.



At a...

December 17, 2008

Dear Friends:

I have just returned from a trip to the Holy Land with a Churches for Middle East Peace delegation. We visited Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Ramallah, and Tel Aviv. We met and listened to Palestinians - Christians and Muslims - and Israelis, all of whom told us that a two-state...

December 12, 2008

The public policy committee of the Diocese of Rochester was among the 104 sponsors of an evening to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration on December 10, 1948. The document is considered...

September 23, 2008

Members of the U.S. Senate Members of the U.S. House of Representatives The Capitol Washington, D.C.

Dear Members of Congress:

We are writing as people of faith to ask you to support legislation that requires the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to notify the International...

September 10, 2008

Bishops of the six dioceses in the state of California issued a joint statement on September 10 calling for defeat of Proposition Eight, a ballot initiative approved for inclusion in the November 4 election that would amend the state constitution to define marriage as the union of one man and...

July 23, 2008

The Hon. Howard L. Berman, Chair House Foreign Affairs Committee 2170 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515

The Hon. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Ranking Member House Foreign Affairs Committee B360 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515

Dear Chairman Berman and...

July 15, 2008

July 16, 2008

The Honorable Julie L. Myers Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement 425 I Street, NW Washington, DC 20536

Dear Assistant Secretary Myers:

We are a group of organizations and advocates concerned about the practice of...

July 2, 2008

An Israeli human rights group has said there is a serious water shortage in large areas of the West Bank, the territory Israel occupied in 1967, as a result of what the group says is the most serious drought in the area in the past decade and Israel's "discrimination in [the] division of water...

June 23, 2008





Dear Senator,

Momentum is building to outlaw cluster munitions. Last month 111 countries meeting in Dublin adopted a new Convention on Cluster Munitions,...