Author: Collaborator OLIRE

ODCA proposes religious communities as humanitarian aid managers in Venezuela

The arrival of the Coronavirus further exacerbated the already critical situation in Venezuela, both in economic, social and political terms. While there is some progress on the support provided by various organizations to the neediest populations, most of the time this is possible thanks to negotiations and / or transactions with authorities at different levels.

Distance internship for college students and recent graduates

For the first time, OLIRE launches the distance internship program aimed at university students and recent graduates who have a special interest in the protection of human rights, particularly in the right to religious freedom, thought and/or expression. Interns’ activities will include collaboration with research projects, presentation of reports to various offices of the inter-American

Evangelical Churches of the Biobío report violations of religious freedom to the IACHR

Evangelical organizations in the Biobío region have expressed their intention to report  the Chilean state to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights for multiple violations of the right to religious freedom and worship. This is a reaction to the measures implemented by the State in the context of the COVID-19. In this region, the conduct

COVID 19 in Nicaragua, another context of intimidation for the Church

In Nicaragua, there is no defined strategy or official figures regarding the spread of COVID-19. On the contrary, the government, instead of adopting isolation measures, promotes massive activities and forces medical personnel to omit and / or misrepresent information. This stance has been harshly criticized by former public officials and the health sector. To date,

Bolivarian National Guard raids parish San Martín de Tours

On May 8, members of the Bolivarian National Guard – GNB, carried out “inspection work” in Colonia Tovar, Aragua state, in order to find mercenaries who were part of Operation Gideon, whose goal was to destabilize the government. In the process, the inhabitants reported raids and mistreatment. Monsignor Enrique Parravano pointed out that officers entered the

Priest receives death threats in Mexico

The priest Marcelo Pérez Pérez, parish priest of Simojovel-Chiapas and coordinator of the social pastoral care of the dioceses of San Cristobal, as well as his family and the members of the Parish Council of San Antonio de Padua, have received death threats  from the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG). The threats were carried out

Christian Ministry is reported to the Ministry of Health in Chile

The Ministry of Restoration, a Christian group whose vision focuses on providing support to people struggling with emotional, relational, and sexual problems, was recently reported to the Chilean Ministry of Health for violating the human rights of LGBTI groups. The complaint was made by the Movement for Homosexual Integration and Liberation (Movilh), who claimed that

Various religious denominations form Interreligious Social Council in Venezuela

On April 22nd, representatives of the Catholic and Anglican church, the Jewish community, the Evangelical Council of Venezuela and other social organizations signed a declaration creating the Interreligious Social Council of Venezuela. The Council aim to be a space for reflection and action to generate consensus on how to mitigate the country’s problems. Its main

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