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Human Rights

"Let the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights be ratified by all governments who have not yet adhered to it, and let it be fully observed by all"

1971 Synod of Bishops, Justice in the World



Peace on Earth Pope John XXIII' 1963 encyclical. See articles 9-34

Respect for Human Rights: The Secret of True Peace Pope John Paul II's 1999 World Day for Peace message

A Milestone for the Human Family 1998 Pastoral Letter issued by the Catholic Bishops of Australia

Human Rights and the Catholic Church 1998 Reflections on the Jubilee of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales

Universal Declaration of Human Rights Adopted and proclaimed on December 10, 1948 by the General Assembly of the United Nations

The Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam Adopted and Issued at the Nineteenth Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers in Cairo on 5 August 1990

Human Rights - Joint Statement Joint written statement submitted by the Commission of the Churches on International Affairs of the World Council of Churches (CCIA/WCC) and Franciscans International (FI), non-governmental organizations in general consultative status, and the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), Dominicans for Justice and Peace, and Pax Christi International, non-governmental organizations in special consultative status, June 2006



Human Rights: The Church's Advocacy for Social Standards By Alexander Foitzik in Herder Korrespondenz, 2010

Human Rights and Civic Responsibility By Aquiline Tarimo in East Asian Pastoral Review, 2010

60 Years On: Passionists and Human Rights by Kevin Dance, C.P. in Compassion, Winter 2009

The European Convention on Human Rights and Church-State Relations: Pluralism vs. Pluralism By Françoise Tulkens in Cardozo Law Review, June 2009

Human Rights, Democracy and Freedom By the Dalai Lama, 2008

Human Rights in a Time of Terror By David Ransom in New Internationalist, January 2008

Lambeth's Forgotten Teaching: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights By Donn Mitchell in Anglican Theological Review, Winter 2008

Health and Human Rights By Maura A. Ryan in Theological Studies, March 2008

A Matter of Spirit, Spring 2007 issue On the human rights of children

The Impotence of Human Rights in the Face of Escalating Violence: A Girardian View By Peter Stork in Australian EJournal of Theology, 2007

Protecting Individual Rights: A Deeply Catholic Tradition By Jean Porter in Commonweal, Nov 3, 2006

The Morality of Human Rights: A Problem for Nonbelievers? By Michael J. Perry in Commonweal, July 14, 2006

Gaudium et spes and Human Rights: The Challenge of a Cosmopolitan World Francis Schussler Fiorenza, 2006

The Holy See and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Working Toward a Legal Anthropology of Human Rights and the Family By Jane Adolphe in Ave Maria Law Review, 2006

The Inter-American Court on Human Rights and the Crisis of Modernity's Model of Law By Pedro de Jesús Pallares Yabur, Universidad Panamericana, at the “Modernity: Yearning for the Infinite” Conference in the Center for Ethics and Culture at the University of Notre Dame, 2006

Bringing Human Rights Abusers to Justice in U.S. Courts: Carrying Forward the Legacy of the Nuremberg Trials By Sandra Coliver in Cardozo Law Review, February 2006

Gaudium et Spes and the Struggle for Human Rights in Peru By Mateo Garr, S.J., 2005

The Controversial Universality of Individual Human Rights By Friedrich Graf in Verbum et Ecclesia, 2005

Universal Human Rights, the United Nations, and the Telos of Human Dignity By Willam Joseph Wagner in Ave Maria Law Review, 2005

Deeper Longings: The Relevance of Christian Theology for Contemporary Rights Theories By Kevin P. Lee in Ave Maria Law Review, 2005

Democracy, Modernity, and the Catholic Human Rights Revolution: Reflections on Christian Faith and Modern Democracy By Kenneth L. Grasso in Catholic Social Science Review, 2004

The Influence of Kant on Christian Theology: A Debate About Human Dignity and Christian Personalism By Derek S. Jeffreys in Journal of Markets and Morality, 2004

Human Rights or Human Rites: A Cross-Cultural Ethical Perspective By James T. Bretzke, S.J. in East Asian Pastoral Review, 2004

A Catholic Perspective on Human Rights By Cherie Booth QC in The Tablet, June 2003

Pacem in Terris: A Retrospective Peter Steinfels, Ph.D., 2003

Deng Xiaoping's Human Rights Theory By Zhu Majie, 2003

American Muslims and a Meaningful Human Rights Discourse in the Aftermath of September 11, 2001 By Imam Zaid Shakir in Cross Currents, Winter 2003

The Catholic Neo-Scholastic Contribution to Human Rights: The Natural Law Foundation By Robert John Araujo, S.J. in Ave Maria Law Review, 2003

Freedom and Human Rights: The Development Dilemma in Sub-Saharan Africa By E. Wamala, 2002

Human Values as the Unifying Reference of Human Rights and the African Perspective By A. B. Rukooko, 2002

A Holistic Approach to Human Rights in Private Uganda: Challenges to Theology and Philosophy By A.B.T. Byaruhanga-Akiiki, 2002

Human Rights and Development in Uganda: Reflections on the Constitutional Provisions of the Right to Development By M. Mawa, 2002

Responsibility for Human Rights: Contributions from Bernard Lonergan By John C. Haughey in Theological Studies, December 2002

The Sources of 'Rights Talk' : Some Are Catholic By Mary Ann Glendon in Commonweal, October 12, 2001

Human Rights, Natural Law, and Thomas Aquinas By Fr. Joseph M. de Torre, University of Asia and the Pacific, in Catholic Social Science Review, 2001

The French and German versus American Debate over 'New Religions', Scientology, and Human Rights By Stephen A. Kent, Department of Sociology, University of Alberta, in Marburg Journal of Religion, January 2001

Civic Education and Human Rights in an Intercultural Perspective: The Case of Romania By Victor Neumann, 2001

Promotion of Human Rights and Democracy in Africa: The Role of Non-Governamental Organizations By Aquiline Tarimo, S.J. October 2001

Sovereignty, Human Rights, and Self-Determination: The Meaning of International Law By Father Robert Araujo in Fordham International Law Journal, 2000

The Struggle for Justice-But On Whose Terms? By Francis X. Hezel, S.J. in East Asian Pastoral Review, 2000

Culture and Human Rights: Empirical Notes with A Metaphysical Conclusion By Jozef Pauer, 1999

Democracy and Human Rights in the Aftermath of the Totalitarian Challenge By Miloslav Bednar, 1999

Human Rights and Islam By J. Stefan Lupp, 1999

Catholic Social Teaching and the Universal Declaration on Human Rights By Ted Keating, SM, Director for Justice and Peace, Catholic Conference of Major Superiors of Men's Institutes, in Catholic Peace Voice, Spring/Summer 1998

Towards a Philosophical Foundation for Human Rights By Carlos Eduardo Maldonado, 1998

The Ethics of Human Rights in a Civil Society By Carlos Eduardo Maldonado, 1998

Pope Pius XI's Crusade for Human Rights and his Hidden "Encyclical," Humani Gneris Unitas, Against Racism and Anti-Semitism By Dr. Frank J. Coppa, Professor of History at St. John's University, 1998

Justice is founded on respect for human rights By Jean-Louis Tauran in Tertium Millennium, 1998

When Rights and Cultures Collide By Karen Musalo in Issues in Ethics, Summer 1997. The case of a woman seeking refuge in the United States from her tribe's ritual of female genital mutilation raises the question: Are human rights universal?

Beyond Rights: The Morality of Rights-Language By Julian Rivers in Cambridge Papers, September 1997

Social Justice and Human Rights By Mary Ann Glendon, J.D.,LL.M., in The Vincentian Chair of Social Justice Presentations, 1997

Gaudium et spes and Human Rights: The Challenge of a Cosmopolitan World By Francis Schüssler Fiorenza

In Search of a Talking Point on Human Rights By Francis X. Hezel, S.J. in Umanidat, November 1995

Are there "Human Rights" in Buddhism? By Damien Keown in Buddhist Journal of Ethics, 1995

A Buddhist Response to the Nature of Human Rights By Kenneth Inada in Buddhist Journal of Ethics, 1995

Human Rights: A Valid Chinese Concept? Paper presented by Dr. Julia Ching on a panel convened by the Religious Consultation on Population, Reproductive Health and Ethics at the NGO Forum of the United Nation's World Summit on Social Development, March, 1995

Cultural Rights Are Human Rights By Doreen G. Fernandez, 1994

Human Rights and a New Regional Order: CSCE as a Framework for Cultural Consensus By David Little, 1994

"Sacred and Inviolable": Rerum Novarum and Natural Rights By Ernest L. Fortin in Theological Studies, June 1992

Culture, Power and Human Rights in Central America: An Anthropological Perspective By Timothy Ready, 1989

Human Rights, Justice and Theology By Brian Johnstone, 1989

Human Rights and Religious Liberty in Jewish'Christian Dialogue By Elio Toaff in SIDIC Periodical, 1980

The Church and Human Rights By Gerard O'Connell in The Way, 1979

Moral Claims, Human Rights, and Population Policies By The Yale Task Force on Population Ethics in Theological Studies, March 1974

Catholicity and Human Rights By Alfred Young, C.S.P. Scroll to page 387. The American Catholic Quarterly Review, Volume 14, From January to October, 1889

Are Human Rights Compatible with Islam? The Issue of the Rights of Women in Muslim Communities By Riffat Hassan, Ph.D., University of Louisville, Kentucky



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