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Rene Wadlow

The United Nations Human Rights Council ended its session on Friday, 3 July, and called attention to two new country situations which require strong efforts to limit violence and on-going violations of human rights: South Sudan and Burundi.

The UN human rights bodies had been concerned with Burundi before at the time of large scale killings, and the UN had helped to develop the 2005 Arusha Peace Agreement creating a new and more inclusive structure of government for Burundi.  The Arusha compromises led to...

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Each year, the Fellowship of Reconciliation awards three peace prizes — international, national, and local — to individuals or organizations whose commitment to peace, justice, and reconciliation is recognized as extraordinary.

Our inspiring awardees in 2014 were Dr. Widad Akrawi, peace activist and founder of Defend International; Rev. Doctor William...

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June 30, 2015 - Commenting on leaked reports from a damning Department of Justice investigation into the events following the killing of Michael Brown nearly a year ago, the Reverend Osagyefo Sekou said:

It is bitter consolation to those of us who were on the receiving end of illegal police tactics, wholesale curtailment of civil rights and the vile slander that went with it to see all of this confirmed in the Department of Justice report.

Coming as it does in the aftermath of the massacre in Charleston, as black churches are being torched across the...

Kathy Kelly

Each year, throughout the Muslim world, believers participate in the month-long Ramadan fast. Here in Kabul, where I’m a guest of the Afghan Peace Volunteers, our household awakens at 2:15 a.m. to prepare a simple meal before the fast begins at about 3:00 a.m.  I like the easy companionship we feel, seated on the floor, sharing our food.  Friday, the day off, is household clean-up day, and it seemed a bit odd, to be sweeping and...

Jeff Hood

The moisture forming in my eyes caused the screen to grow blurry.  The emotion was so heavy that I was having difficulty comprehending the words.  On June 23, 2014 around 5:30pm in Grand Saline, Texas, Rev. Charles Moore walked to the front of his car in the middle of a Dollar General parking lot and placed a burning match to his head.  Within seconds, Moore’s body was engulfed in flames.  Despite the efforts of bystanders, Moore died.  Upon inspection of the writings he left behind, Moore’s family realized that his self-immolation was a protest against...