COUNTRIES OF CONCERN


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In these pages, we focus on regions and countries of our world that are in the midst of particularly difficult conflicts and struggles. These regions and countries highlight both the high price of injustice and the role of external forces in shaping and sustaining regional conflicts.

These pages are designed to help us make the link between seemingly unconnected issues like ecology and human rights, or trade and armed conflict. They offer basic background on the country or region, and lift up the analysis and perspective of our partners. And they offer action suggestions for both short term actions when lives are at risk, and longer term action that reaches the roots of the struggles faced by these countries.

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KAIROS' work is currently focussed on five countries/regions:




COUNTRIES OF CONCERN NEWS

Current Violence and Military Action in Israel and Palestine

Jennifer Henry, Executive Director of KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives, has issued a statement in response to the ongoing violence and military action in Palestine and Israel.

KAIROS leads Philippines Learning Tour to Mindanao communities impacted by Canadian mining

Tailings pond at a gold mine in the Philippines. Photo: KAIROS

Toronto, ON - KAIROS Canada is organizing a tour to the Philippines to learn more about how Canadian mining operations are impacting communities in that country. Ten representatives from KAIROS, the United Church of Canada, the Christian Reformed Church in North America and CUPE, as well as First Nations communities, will visit four cities from July 30 to August 10.

Why We All Should Care About Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program

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In her article “Why everyone should care about the Temporary Foreign Worker Program”, writer Harsha Wallia links current and historical Canadian complicity in local and global resource extraction on Indigenous lands to the exploitation of racialized labour. She connects colonialism and concepts such as “Terra Nullius” (or Empty Land) - which have had devastating consequences […]

How Can Canada Help End Sexual Violence in Conflict?

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On June 11-13, survivors of sexual violence will gather with governments and civil society groups for the first ever Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, hosted in London by the UK Government. Over the past year, more than 110 countries – including Canada – have signed onto an International Declaration to End Sexual […]

APPEAL FOR IMMEDIATE ACTION: Call for justice for the victims of extrajudicial killings in the Philippines

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According to KARAPATAN, the national alliance of human rights organizations in the Philippines, 169 men and women had been victims of extrajudicial killings under the current government of President  Benigno Simeon Aquino III (July 2010 to December 2013.)   From January to March this year, 19 people were killed — 9 of these in March […]

URGENT ACTION: As peace talks resume, South Sudan needs your support today!

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Since mid-December 2013, widespread violence, killings and displacement have been the daily reality for millions of South Sudanese. Church leaders in South Sudan issued a plea for peace shortly after the violence broke out on December 15. This is the worst violence the country has seen since South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in July 2011, following a popular referendum on self-determination. Please join KAIROS and take action for peace today.

Bringing a message of urgency and hope from Congo to Parliament Hill

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The KAIROS “Women of Courage” delegation to DRC reunited in Ottawa in December 2013 to brief politicians on the urgent situation in eastern Congo and what Canada can do to help build peace and prosperity. Read more about their recommendations.

URGENT ACTION: Indigenous Partner at Risk in Colombia

Flaminio Onogama Gutierrez with Sister Angie Martz at the KAIROS Beat the Drum for Indigenous Rights event in St John, New Brunswick, Dec 5 2010.

KAIROS is extremely concerned about the safety of Embera Chamí Indigenous leader, Flaminio Onogama Gutiérre from South West Colombia. Flaminio was in  Canada in 2010 as part of a KAIROS sponsored tour.  According to reports from Amnesty International,  Flaminio is currently in hiding after the bodies of two family members were found stabbed to death […]

Bringing a Message of Hope for DR Congo to Parliament Hill

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With recent talk of peace returning to the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, KAIROS is hopeful peace-building efforts will continue at all levels – from international diplomacy between DRC and its neighbours, down to the grassroots level at which our Congolese partners work every day. We will bring this message of hope to Parliament Hill on December 5, when members of the Women of Courage delegation to DRC, organized by KAIROS in June 2013, will meet with Parliamentarians to discuss the actions Canada has taken and can take to help build peace and stability in this troubled region.

Advent 1: Hope — Gendered Violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo

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Michiko Bown-KAI reflects on where we can find hope in the context of gender-based violence and a war over mineral wealth in the Democratic Republic of Congo.