The Uniting Church in Australia welcomes Pope Francis’s encyclical letter on the environment, Laudato Si (Canticle of the Sun) and will be praying for Australian leadership on climate change.
Open letter to Minister for Foreign Affairs re Bid for Election to the United Nations Human Rights Commission17 June 2015
UnitingJustice Australia is one of the signatories to a letter to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon. Julie Bishop MP, seeking the Department's consideration for voluntary pledges and/or commitments to the UN General Assembly in support of Australia's bid for election to the Human Rights Council in 2018.
On 20 May 2015, the Uniting Church in Australia Assembly, as a member of the Australian Religious Response on Climate Change, wrote the Leader of the Opposition urging the Labor Party to support the adoption of robust commitments to limit carbon emissions at the Australian Labor Party National Conference.
On 20 May 2015, the Uniting Church in Australia Assembly, as a member of the Australian Religious Response on Climate Change, wrote to the Prime Minister stating our concern about the targets Australia has accepted for the reduction of carbon emissions.
UnitingJustice Australia has joined Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the Human Rights Law Centre, Reprieve Australia, Australians Detained Abroad, NSW Council for Civil Liberties and Civil Liberties Australia to launch a new Australian blueprint to end the death penalty.
The Uniting Church in Australia has expressed overall disappointment at the 2015-16 Federal Budget, singling out measures that will add to the suffering of the most vulnerable in Australia and abroad.
On 7 April UnitingJustice Australia sent a letter to the Minister for Foreign Affairs,The Hon. Julie Bishop MP, urging the Government to reconsider its position on nuclear weapons.
We stressed that nuclear weapons are inherently illegal and are an obstacle to the building of peace. On the eve of the 70th anniversary of the bombings of Japan, now is the time for real progress on nuclear disarmament. There is increasing worldwide understanding of the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons. We called upon the Government to endorse the Vienna Conference Pledge and to engage in negotiations for a treaty to ban nuclear weapons.
The Uniting Church in Australia is one of more than 100 Australian organisations calling for an immediate moratorium on transfers to immigration detention facilities on Nauru and Manus Island in Papua New Guinea.
Australia's Human Rights Score Card - Joint NGO Submission on behalf of the Australian NGO Coalition01 April 2015
UnitingJustice Australia was one of nearly 200 organisations outlining their concern on Australia’s steadily deteriorating human rights performance. It will be presented to the United Nation’s peak human rights body in the lead up to a major review of Australia that takes place every four years.