Jubilee International Congress on Dominicans and the Promotion and Defence of Human Rights

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Dominicans in the Promotion and Defence of Human Rights: Past, Present, Future. 1 – 5 September 2016 in Salamanca, Spain
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Jubilee International Congress on Dominicans and Promotion and Defence of Human Rights
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Our Dominican Jubilee Congress on “Dominicans in the Promotion and Defence of Human Rights: Past, Present and Future”  took place in Salamanca, Spain from 1-5 September. 
 
 
 
The Congress was held in the historic Convent of San Esteban Protomártir in Salamanca. It was there that the Salamanca School was born from which several of our brothers such as Francisco de Vitoria, Antonio de Montesinos with their community and Bartolome de las Casas engaged with the key issue of the human rights of the indigenous people of Latin America in the 16th century. The Salamanca School shows how the intellectual pursuits of Dominicans were determined by the apostolic preaching needs of the time.

This integral link between studies and mission, while frequently having been lost, is at the heart of the Dominican charism. This is why recent General Chapters of the Order have called for a renewed synergy between Dominican intellectual life and apostolic life. In recognition of the example that the brothers of Salamanca and America have offered the Order in the 16th century, the Chapters gave the name, the “Salamanca Process”, to this intention of renewal of our preaching that links intellectual life and mission.

This congress is an integral part of this “Salamanca Process” in bringing leaders of Dominican intellectual institutions together with brothers, sisters and lay Dominicans who are in the forefront of the promotion and defence of human rights. Hopefully it will result in a deeper integration of the intellectual and apostolic life of the Dominican Family through concrete projects of collaboration.

OBJECTIVES:

1. Recover the history of the involvement of Dominicans in the promotion and defence of human rights.

2. Identify and evaluate the current engagement of Dominicans in the promotion and defence of human rights

          a. At the academic level

          b. At a practical level on the ground

3. Develop networks and policies that will enable the promotion and defence of human rights to be integral to Dominican preaching (intellectual and apostolic life)

4. Promote networks of collaboration at the zonal, regional and international levels through concrete projects in defence of groups whose rights are violated.

TARGET GROUP:

1. Dominican Family members interested or involved in human rights work

2. Justice and Peace Promoters of Dominican entities

3. Leaders and Faculty of Dominican Universities and other Intellectual Institutions

4. Academics involved in human rights work

5. Experts in International Law

 

PROGRAMME: You can download the programme here.

For any enquiries about the Congress, contact: congressalamancaop@gmail.com

 

(7 september 2016)