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  • UN Commission on Human Rights
    - 2005
    - 2004
    - 2003
    - 2002

  • 61st session of the
    UN Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR)

    12 March - 22 April 2005

    The WCC, through its International Affairs, Peace and Human Security team, maintains a consultative relationship with the UN and its related agencies. One such agency is the UN Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR). Working cooperatively with ecumenical partners such as the World Alliance of Reformed Churches, the Lutheran World Federation, and Franciscans International, the WCC seeks to :

    • provide a space in which church-related groups advocating for human rights can make the most effective use of UN structures and system;
    • mobilize public opinion;
    • identify issues not presently on the Commission's agenda;
    • provide background information on specific areas of human rights concerns.

    The economic, social and cultural rights of the Papuan people will be the main focus of the World Council of Churches' (WCC) involvement in this year's 61st session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR).

    As in previous years, the WCC is assisting human rights representatives from the South to attend the 12 March-22 April session. The WCC accredited delegations this year will be from Papua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Nepal and Colombia.

    Indonesian province of Papua main focus of WCC work at 2005 UN Human Rights Commission.
    See 18 March press release

    Papuanchildren near ruins of a church after 2004 earthquake in Papua province
  • WCC written interventions
  • Press releases in English / en franšais / auf Deutsch / en espa˝ol
  • UNCHR website: 61st session

    WCC written interventions

  • "A global peace strategy for overcoming the human rights and humanitarian crisis in Colombia / Una estrategia global de paz para la superaciˇn de la crisis humanitaria y de derechos humanos en Colombia
  • "Economic, social and cultural rights"- written statement
  • "Economic, social and cultural rights" - oral statement
  • "The situation of human rights in Papua, Indonesia"

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