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

KAIROS Partners are still Here! Working to End Violence against Women

Women of Courage Logo

On November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, women’s organizations and movements, human rights groups, grassroots organizations and governments from around the world come together to demand an end to violence against women and to look for solutions. November 25 also marks the beginning of 16 days of action to […]

In Memory of the life of Adolfo Ich Chaman-

A photo in memory of Adolfo Ich, with the caption 'Happy Father's Day', hangs on the wall of his family home in El Estor.

Today, five years later, KAIROS joins the family of Adolfo Ich Chaman- , his community and human rights and solidarity groups in Guatemala and in Canada in commemorating Adolfo Ich’s life and demanding justice. Angelica Choc, Adolfo’s wife, has called on all of us to join them in solidarity: “Let all of us who are fighting in defense of our territories unite to demand that justice be served”.

KAIROS network shows solidarity for partners in the Middle East

Program Coordinators Connie Sorio and Rachel Warden hold KAIROS Solidarity banner for Partners in the Middle East

“In this moment, we must all don the robe of humanity. It is a time to stand together as Canadians, Palestinians, Arabs, Muslims, Jews, Israelis and Christians as one soul. We must show that none is ignored or considered unworthy of a secure and prosperous life.”  Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, Palestinian physician and the author of […]

Development free of fear by Rev. Desmond Jagger-Parsons

Desmond Jagger-Parsons with Connie Sorio and Ed Bianchi of Kairos, and the Mayor of Midsalip, Liwaya A. Paras.

Rev. Desmond Jagger-Parsons, BA LLB MDiv, is the Head of the Philippine Learning Tour, a delegation organized by KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives, with representatives from KAIROS member churches, CUPE, MiningWatch Canada and Indigenous people in Canada.  Rev. Jagger-Parsons is also the Chair of the Board of KAIROS and a United Church minister in the […]

Press Statement: The Rock Hard Truth—Philippine Learning Tour raises concerns about mining-related human rights violations in the Zamboanga peninsula

Philippines Learning Tour 2014

At a press conference at the Iglesia Filipina Independiente in Pagadian City, Philippines Learning Tour (PLT) members Rev. Desmond Jagger-Parsons, Chair of the KAIROS Board, and Linda Wilson, a member of Idle No More, present a joint statement at the conclusion of the PLT, along with Bishop Antonio Ablon, and Rev. Beltran Pacatang and Subanen Terso Balives from PROTECT, a PLT sponsor.

KAIROS Members Call for Peace in Gaza

Kairos Logo Colour square

KAIROS member churches and organizations continue to speak out for peace in Gaza, urging the Canadian government to become more engaged in building a just peace.

Support those affected by ongoing violence in Gaza

Gaza conflict

A number of KAIROS' member churches are accepting donations to provide direct support to those affected by ongoing violence in Gaza.

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

Temporary Foriegn Workers - Filipino Migrants

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 […]