Human Rights

State Department Separates Religious Freedom
From Human Rights in Report
WASHINGTON, DC, June 11, 2012 -- Catholic News Service has reported that the U.S. State Department for the first time has eliminated the status report on religious liberty from its annual human rights report. According to CNS, former US diplomat Thomas Farr, who served in the Clinton and Bush State Departments and as the first Office of International Religious Freedom, speculated that the move may be a reflection of the low priority that the Administration places on religious liberty compare to other issues they place under human rights.


Babies for Sale, Buyers Beware
SAN RAMON, CA, August 17, 2011-- Infertility can bring much heartache to couples desperately wanting a baby. Sadly, desperation opens the door for exploitation. Recently, two high-profile surrogacy attorneys, Theresa Erickson and Hilary Neiman, were caught exploiting surrogates, stealing from California taxpayers, and, most horrifically, selling babies.


Internationally Recognized Right
To Own Mother and Own Father

Convention on the Rights of the Child

Read how the UN Declaration on the Rights of the Child recognizes the right that a child has to a mother and a father and how depriving the child is a violation of that right without just cause. See the wording below.


EU Ministers Balk at Condemning
Anti-Christian Violence
BRUSSELS, February 15, 2011  – The Council of Europe has done it and so has the EU Parliament, but the EU’s Foreign Ministers have balked at a call to condemn by name the escalating violence and discrimination against Christians in the Middle East. At a meeting on January 31, EU’s 27 Foreign Ministers rejected a draft resolution condemning atrocities against Christian minorities in Egypt and Iraq out of fears of “political incorrectness.”


Bloody Christmas Between the Nile and the Indus
Anti Christian Attacks on the Rampage
Grand Imam Criticizes Pope for Defending Christians
ROME, January 7, 2011 – Islamist violence is increasingly taking aim at Christians and their defenders. The latest deadly attacks in Baghdad, Alexandria, and Lahore. The "rational" proposal of the pope to Muslims continues to go unheeded.


500 Muslim Scholars Call for Catholic Woman's Blood
Pakistani Governor Murdered
ISLAMABAD, January 5, 2011 -- The governor of the state of Punjab, Pakistan, was murdered by an Islamic extremist yesterday for denouncing the government’s blasphemy law. In November a Christian woman, Asia Bibi, was sentenced to be executed under the law for having defended her faith from insults by Muslims in the same state.


ACTION

Follow Cardinal George's Lead
Ask President to Help Protect Iraqi Christians

BALTIMORE (November 15, 2010) — The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) affirmed by acclamation during their annual Fall General Assembly a November 9 letter from Chicago Cardinal Francis George, OMI, USCCB president, to President Obama regarding the recent violence against Christians in Iraq.


An ecological blind spot
Contraceptives are polluting women's bodies and the environment,
but who cares?

There is a huge effort today to protect the physical environment from the unintended effects of human activity. We have international agreements and national policies to reduce global warming by curbing excess carbon, produced as human beings pursue their material wellbeing.


"Eggsploitation" Reveals the Infertility Industry’s Dirty Little Secret
Hidden Dangers, Health Risks, and Exploitation of Young Women

NEW YORK, July 28, 2010 – The infertility industry has a dirty little secret that is dressed in deceptive advertising, large monetary incentives and appeals to altruism. Using these tactics, the industry targets young, vulnerable women for a precious commodity: human eggs. Eggsploitation, a new documentary released today by The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network, is a tragic spotlight on the booming and risky business of selling eggs, and reveals the health risks and exploitation of women through egg donation.




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