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At the U.N. Convention Against Torture, Hints of Positive Change in Eradicating Torture

Fresh Updates from RAC » Human Rights   |   Nov 18, 2014 12:00 AM
This past week, the United Nations Convention Against Torture met and examined President George W. Bush and President Obama’s track records on cruel and inhumane treatment of prisoners. The panel that monitors compliance with an international anti-torture was critical of the treatment of prisoners currently being held at the Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility. They questioned […]

Introducing the 2014-2015 RAC/UN Foundation Malaria Fellows

Fresh Updates from RAC » Human Rights   |   Nov 14, 2014 12:00 AM
This weekend, our second class our joint Malaria Fellowship with the United Nations Foundation will come to DC to learn about malaria and advocate on Capitol Hill. Fellows will return to campus with tools to raise awareness and funds and begin their advocacy push with letters and calls to Congress, making sure our Representatives continue […]

Humanitarian Crisis at the Border

Fresh Updates from RAC » Human Rights   |   Jul 18, 2014 12:00 AM
By Leah Citrin In the last several weeks, considerable press time has been spent covering the humanitarian crisis taking place at the U.S.-Mexico border. A surge in unaccompanied minors from Central America has spurred much discussion and debate about the best way to address the fact that to date, 58,000 undocumented and unaccompanied minors have […]

Background on Human Rights

While Jews in America today enjoy unprecedented religious and political freedom, innocent men, women and children around the globe are deprived of such freedoms and are subject to gross and indecent abuses of their most basic human rights, sometimes by their own government. As a people who were ourselves enslaved, we embrace our responsibility to speak for those who cannot be spoken for, to defend the defenseless, and to protect the innocent. To this end, we must speak out about the unfathomable human rights violations which dominate so many regions of the globe.

Human rights are in peril around the world and here in our own back yard.  In 2008, the Union for Reform Judaism passed a resolution titled “International Human Rights,” in which the Movement re-committed itself “to fulfilling [our religious] obligation by raising awareness of, and speaking out against, human rights abuses wherever they exist.” The resolution called on the governments of the United States and Canada, and all other nations to “end human rights abuses; ratify international treaties, conventions and declarations (“international human rights agreements”) that promote human rights; and hold themselves and each other to commitments arising from their ratification of international agreements as they apply to human rights.” The URJ resolved to “Promote appropriate actions to implement and enforce international human rights law and international humanitarian law such as targeted sanctions, arms embargoes, deployment of peacekeeping forces, humanitarian assistance, and socially responsible business and investment practices that will create a sustainable peace in conflict areas and eliminate the circumstances that allow human rights abuses to occur.”

Human Rights Issues

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For more information on Human Rights issues, contact Eisendrath Legislative Assistant Deborah Goldberg.

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