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December 11, 2019

Human Rights Program Director Reflects on the 71st Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

On December 10, 1948, the United Nations General Assembly announced and adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  The Declaration, adopted unanimously, states certain rights that must be respected, among them the right to life, the right to religious freedom, and the right to marry and found a family.   It is a remarkable achievement, reflecting a consensus among the diverse collection of nations that make up the UN, nations that hardly ever agree on anything. But they agreed this time.  Why? 
December 4, 2019

M.A. in Human Rights Students Meet with the Rev. Dr. Andrew P.W. Bennett

Students had the opportunity to hear Rev. Dr. Andrew P.W. Bennett, Director of the Cardus Religious Freedom Institute, on topics ranging from his personal and professional experiences to the decline of Catholicism in Quebec as well as the rise of French-style laïcité in the province, and how that is used to discriminate against Catholics as well as Muslims.
December 3, 2019

Unborn Human Life and Fundamental Rights: Leading Constitutional Cases under Scrutiny

IHE Fellow and director of the program in human rights, William Saunders, J.D., has a new book about legal protection for the basic human right to life. Contributors examine countries in North America, Europe, and Latin America, with a concluding essay by John Finnis.
November 20, 2019

Trading Ordinary Times for Advent

As we look towards Christmas, Professor Silecchia reminds us that the holidays can be a time of sorrow for some. She sheds light on how Advent is actually a fitting time for remembering sorrow and fostering hope.
November 20, 2019

Saint Josephine Bakhita Honored In Museum of the Bible Exhibit

Saint Josephine Bakhita is the patron saint of the M.A. program because of her fight for freedom and human rights. In the following article, a student reflects on her inclusion in an exhibit at the Museum of the Bible that features those who fought for justice against slavery.
November 15, 2019

Robert George Discusses Dialogue, Consensus and the “New Natural Law” School

Students recently had the opportunity to meet with Robert George for an enriching discussion about his professional history as well as a whole range of issues including consensus between people with different belief systems; the importance of dialogue; and international efforts to protect human rights.
November 15, 2019

Fr. Kitima Comments on Human Rights in Tanzania

Students in the Masters of Arts in Human Rights program had the opportunity to meet with Fr. Charles Kitima about the geopolitical situation in Tanzania, particularly the protection of human rights and the role of religious populations within the country's history.
November 8, 2019

On the Supreme Court’s Horizon: Presidential Power

The Supreme Court has decided to hear a case with significant implications regarding the powers of the presidency. The case, "Seila Law LLC v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau," concerns the power of the president to remove the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

The salient facts are straightforward...
November 8, 2019

Master’s Student Reflects on Work With the National Center on Sexual Exploitation

Having aided in the campaign to block pornography on The Catholic University of America’s campus network, I was surprised to find a non-profit dedicated to exactly that. The work NOSCE does is a benefit for all of society and its staff should receive much praise for their accomplishments. They have successfully gotten billion-dollar companies to remove pornographic content from their platforms...
November 8, 2019

The Gardens of Ordinary Times

Years ago, a child in my family asked, "If a Church is God’s house, is a cemetery God’s garden?" I lack the theologically correct answer. Yet, that question recognized what I know is true: there is something profoundly sacred about the land where we lay our loved ones to rest.

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The Catholic University of America


620 Michigan Avenue, NE
339 Caldwell Hall
Washington, DC 20064


202-319-5892
ihe@cua.edu

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