The Commission has issued a media release calling for Australian action after members of the Indonesian police unit D88 were reported to have shot and killed an 18 year old unarmed school boy in Nabire in West Papua. Schoolboy Killing in West Papua
The Justice & Peace Commission called for an end to the double standards being applied by the Australian Government in relation to human rights in our region. In particular, it asks why the Foreign Minister speaks out about human rights abuses in PNG and not in West Papua.
The Commission has released a resource for use over the period from the Feast of the Sacred Heart (3 June) to the end of NAIDOC Week (July 10).
Over the period from June to early July, a number of special days and weeks are marked. They focus on Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples, refugees and asylum seekers and the environment.
Pope Francis has repeatedly expressed concerns about the globalisation of indifference towards vulnerable people facing great challenges.
A Movement of the Heart gives Catholics an opportunity to pray for and to take action for 3 groups of people in Australia and our region who have been forced to move or who are facing the possibility of moving from their homes, viz., Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples, refugees and asylum seekers and Pacific Islander peoples facing the challenges of climate change.
It is not possible to include everything in such a resource, but if you need more information about anything in the attached material, please contact me Peter Arndt on 3324 3441.
One year ago, Pope Francis issued his encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si’. The Global Catholic Climate Movement has prepared a parish kit to help you to make changes in your parish in response to Laudato Si’.
CJPC Brisbane’s report on its shadow human rights fact finding mission to West Papua this year finds that there is no improvement in human rights in West Papua.
It calls for action at the UN to investigate human rights abuses and for the Indonesian Government to negotiate with the United Liberation Movement for West Papua to find a pathway towards self determination.
Statement of the Catholic Women of West Papua in Response to the Visit of the Bishops’ Conference of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands to the Diocese of Jayapura, Papua
Catholic women in West Papua presented a statement of their concerns about the human rights situation in West Papua to a delegation of 20 Bishops from PNG and Solomon Islands who visited Jayapura on 8 & 9 April 2016. 2016.09.04_Statement of the Catholic Women
The Commission invites you to a dialogue with peoples from the Pacific about how we can best support them in solidarity as they face the challenges of climate change.
Australia in Solidarity with West PapuaThis year, the Commission’s Executive Officer, Peter Arndt, joined a peace pilgrimage to West Papua. There he learned of the brutal repression that the people of West Papua faced and experienced the heavy hand of the security state first hand. He also travelled to the Solomon Islands in June to help the United Liberation Movement for West Papua’s bid for membership of the Melanesian Spearhead Group. His report contains valuable insights on the nature of Christian solidarity.
West Papua Struggle for Freedom 2015 Report
The Commission invites Catholics to pray during Migrant & Refugee Week [24-30 August] for an end to the globalisation of indifference towards the plight of refugees. Please join in our Novena of Prayer for A Movement of the Heart from 22 August to 30 August.
A Movement of the Heart 2015 M&R
Today, the Catholic Justice and Peace Commission of Brisbane launches a new movement, A Movement of the Heart, to build a commitment to overcome the globalisation of indifference towards refugees. The first initiative of this new movement is a novena of prayer between the Feast of the Sacred Heart, 12 June, and World Refugee Day, 20 June. Keep up to date with new initiatives of a movement of the heart on our Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/amovementoftheheart A Movement of the Heart 2015