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21 Facts for the 21st Annual World Water Day

Fresh Updates from RAC » Human Rights   |   Mar 24, 2014 12:00 AM
This past Saturday, March 22nd, marked the 21st annual World Water Day.  What is World Water Day, you ask? World Water Day has been held annually on March 22nd since 1993, when the United Nations General Assembly designated the day as the first World Water Day.  World Water Day is an opportunity to focus on […]

International Religious Freedom: Learning from Esther

Fresh Updates from RAC » Human Rights   |   Mar 13, 2014 12:00 AM
Hamentaschen, costumes and mishloach manot, oh my!  We are just a few days away from celebrating the holiday of Purim, which means gathering in our synagogues for Purim schpiels and carnivals.  Purim is a fun holiday for kids and grown-ups alike, and connects to many of the social justice themes we care about as Reform […]

CSA Director Barbara Weinstein Testifies in Support of New EPA Carbon Pollution Standards

Fresh Updates from RAC » Human Rights   |   Feb 6, 2014 12:00 AM
Barbara Weinstein: “These proposed standards reflect our nation’s commitment to combating climate change, which is not just an environmental challenge, but one of the greatest social justice challenges of our time.” WASHINGTON, D.C., February 6, 2014—In September, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed strict limits to carbon emissions from new power plants. Speaking today at […]

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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