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Global - European Parliament voting against the use of conflict minerals
(Jun-18-2015)

An EU wide campaign has resulted in the European Parliament voting in favour of mandatory measures to eradicate the presence of conflict minerals in the supply chain. Among the organizations involved in this battle were some European Jesuit organisations, such as Alboan, Jesuiten Mission and Jesuit Missions. This has been a very important achievement, since, this regulation could benefit thousands of poor people in some of the most fragile and conflict-ridden countries in the developing world. Latin America - Spiritual walk and meeting of indigenous people
(Jun-18-2015)

Members of the Jesuit Indigenous network in Latin America participated in the Spiritual walk and meeting of indigenous people that brought them from El Salvador to Mexico denouncing the environmental damages they are suffering and the discrimination they are exposed to in their own countries. They finished with a declaration where they demanded governments, as well as social and religious groups, to defend their rights. 

USA - Commentary on Washington Post by Fr Timothy Kesicki
(Jun-18-2015)

On the beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero on 23rd May 2015, Fr Timothy Kesicki, President of the Conference of US and Canada, wrote an article on the Washington Post in which he reflects on the situation in Central America today. Fr Kesicki invites the American government to address the root causes of migration and to provide direct assistance that builds the capacity to address humanitarian need, instead of funding the militarization of the borders between the U.S. and Central America.

Global - Newsletter from Edujesuit
(Jun-18-2015)

Edujesuit, the website from the Jesuit network advocating for the right to education (GIAN on Education), launched its first newsletter with news and contents update. They present a report on primary education in the world and show how to join the Global campaign for education. They also include a couple of editorials. The first one reflects about the difficulties in achieving the Millennium Goal on education. The second invites the Ignatian family to network for the right to education. To read the newsletter and to subscribe...

Asia Pacific - Migration network meeting
(Jun-18-2015)

A meeting of the Migration Network in Asia Pacific took place in Jakarta, from April 21 to 23. The previous meeting had resulted in an action plan, and, one year later, the group gathered to see if it had actually worked and what lessons could be learnt from the first year of collaboration. There was clearly a stronger sense of purpose and eagerness. The group agreed that communication had been the most challenging action in the plan. Face-to-face interaction remains the most productive means of communication.  Read more...

USA - Georgetown University divests from coal companies
(Jun-18-2015)

In accordance with the university's mission and existing sustainability practices, Georgetown's board of directors have passed a resolution stating that the university will not make or continue any direct investments of endowment funds in companies whose principal business is mining coal for use in energy production. "The work of understanding and responding to the demands of climate change is urgent and complex...  It requires our most serious attention", says President DeGioia.  To learn more...

Global - Working for alternative ways of development
(Jun-18-2015)

From 20 to 28 of April, 60 persons from Jesuit institutions - universities and social centers - coming from the Latin America, Africa, Europe and the US gathered together in Loyola and Bilbao to discuss about how to promote a more humane economy. The conclusions showed the importance of alternative models of development, sustainable livelihoods and inclusive public policies. You can also see some of the photographs of the meeting. To know more...

Australia - The need for a compassionate refugee policy
(Jun-18-2015)

The recent pushback of Rohingya refugees and Bangladeshi immigrant workers by Indonesia, Thailand, and Malaysia has made it a call to the Jesuits of the region. The challenge of an inhumane policy that has popular support has been felt particularly in Australia. Jesuit Social Services, together with other Catholic organizations, is trying to support asylum seekers, inspire more people to become involved in their defense, provide relevant resources, and create connections between different groups around the country. To learn more...

Ireland - Chronic overcrowding in prisons must end
(Jun-18-2015)

Several critical objectives have not been met in the Irish Prison Service's Strategic Plan 2012-2015, according to the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice. Their Advocacy Officer, Eoin Carroll, says there has been "no meaningful reduction of chronic overcrowding in Mountjoy, Cork and Limerick, no cell share risk assessment, no specific strategies for older prisoners or for prisoners on protection". To learn more...

Munich - New Center for environmental ethics and education
(Jun-18-2015)

The Munich School of Philosophy officially opened its new Center for Environmental Ethics and Environmental Education in Munich on Monday, 4th of May. Its task is to examine, among other things, the ethics of resource management and the international justice in addition to the basics of environmental ethics. The Center is part of the Institute for Sociopolitical Research at the College. In the future there will be offered lectures and a close collaboration with the Adult Education Centre in Munich.

Spain - Report on human trafficking
(Jun-18-2015)

Human trafficking is unfortunately becoming a present-day issue. To raise awareness on this reality and to move to action, the Jesuit Migration Service in Spain has released the report "La trata de seres humanos: el negocio del comercio con personas" (Trafficking of human beings: business trade with people). Poverty and lack of economic opportunity make people potential victims of traffickers associated with international criminal organizations. They are vulnerable to false promises of job opportunities in other countries; women and children are particularly vulnerable to trafficking for the sex trade; it also includes persons who are trafficked into 'forced' marriages or into any form of forced labor.  

India - Report on vulnerabilities of Half-Widows
(Jun-18-2015)

In order to understand the complexities of the phenomenon of 'half widows', the Indian Social Institute, in collaboration with AMAN Trust, released the research report titled, "Vulnerabilities of Half-Widows of Jammu and Kashmir: Role of the Judiciary, State, Civil Society and Community" at a symposium held on 5th June, 2015. The launch was followed by a discussion with scholars. Read more...

Europe - Annual Meeting of Social Delegates in Nador
(May-18-2015)

The European Jesuit Social Delegates met in Nador (Morocco, close to the Spanish border) from 14 to 16 April to discuss over the dramatic situation of the people who have died in the Mediterranean Sea, in the attempt to reach Europe. The delegates and their partners involved in social justice chose Nador as the location for this years' meeting, with the intent to express their solidarity in the regards of the local Jesuit team working in Nador, who accompanies and serves the migrants in their suffering and offers them all their care and support. To learn more...

Rome - Promotio Iustitiae 118
(May-18-2015)

For decades, the Society of Jesus has been accompanying communities around the world that have been adversely affected by mining activity. In this issue, we include ten articles from the different Conferences. The articles describe some of the situations that result from mining activity, including the conflicts and suffering experienced by the local populations and the damage done to the environment. Click here to download PJ 118

Rome - Annual meeting of the Coordinators
(May-18-2015)

The annual meeting of Conference Social Apostolate coordinators was held at the Curia in Rome, from 28 April to 1 May. They worked on a document: Renewing our commitment to a faith that does justice, that will be published in the coming months. They hope it will help the Society of Jesus reimagining its service to the poor, 40 years after decree 4, GC 32.

USA - Support for undocumented students
(May-18-2015)

Jesuit Institutions as Fairfield University and Loyola University Chicago's Stritch School of Medicine show support for undocumented students on National coming out day. They are two of over sixty institutions taking part in United We Dream's National Institutions Coming Out Day in support of undocumented students on Tuesday, April 7, 2015. Read More...

USA - Kino Border Initiative Recognized with Legacy of the Martyrs Award
(May-18-2015)

The Kino Border Initiative, a Jesuit ministry on the U.S.-Mexico border, was honoured with the "Legacy of the Martyrs" Award from the Ignatian Solidarity Network on April 29, in recognition of its ongoing commitment to affirming the dignity of migrants through accompaniment, advocacy and education. Read more...

Australia - Vigil for eight executed men
(May-18-2015)

Each morning tor two months in St Ignatius' Church, Melbourne Jesuit Social Services held a morning vigil for eight men sentenced to die in Indonesia for drug smuggling. Immediately before the executions, the vigil of silent prayer and the lighting of candles ran through the night. Public concern and opposition to the death penalty were focused by the fact that two of the men killed were Australian. Read more...

South Asia - Nepal earthquake
(May-18-2015)

More than 7,000 people have died after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake rocked Nepal on April 25, and rescue and relief efforts in the country are ongoing. The Jesuits in Nepal have embarked on relief efforts especially in some of the worst hit and less accessible areas. According to news reports, many communities are isolated by damaged infrastructure and communications, making it difficult to determine the extent of the destruction. The Jesuits have opened the grounds of their schools to people seeking shelter as they assess the situation further and determine how best they can help the survivors. To learn more...

Rome - Vatican symposium "Protect the Earth, Dignify Humanity"
(May-18-2015)

The symposium entitled "Protect the Earth, Dignify Humanity: The Moral Dimensions of Climate Change and Sustainable Development" took place on April 28th and was organized by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, SDSN and Religions for Peace. The goal of this summit was to help strengthen the global consensus on the importance of climate change in the context of sustainable development. The final declaration states in no uncertain terms that "human-induced climate change is a scientific reality, and its decisive mitigation is a