A New Website for the Dominicans at the United Nations

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The permanent delegation of the Order of Preachers to the United Nations, recognized under the title « Dominicans for Justice and Peace (Order of Preachers) » is a service of the General Curia of the Order. The delegation was created in 1988 and aims to be a witness to the Gospel in issues of social justice and fight against violations of human rights. Following the footsteps of Francisco de Vitoria OP, the father of international law, the permanent delegation of the Order has the function of relaying the preaching of the Dominican family to the Nations. The duty of the Dominican family remains to preach the truth (Veritas) which will help to create justice and peace and also to protect the human rights of all people especially the vulnerable.

To be able to carry out its functions more effectively, the delegation now has a new webiste. (http://un.op.org/en). Being aware of the advances in modern communication especially the social networks, the delegation aims to use the new website to reach out to the entire Dominican family and indeed the whole world. The new website is also a means for the delegation to be reached. This is why the delegation is also on Facebook as « Ordo Praedicatorum Delegation to the United Nation » You are invited to discover the new website and facebook page.

fr. Olivier Poquillon OP is the current Permanent Delegation of the Order to the United Nation and according to him, the delegation offers the following assistance:

  • A platform at the international level that serves as an extension of their local work for justice and allows them to speak truth on situations of human rights violations.
  • We represent their local concerns to the UN and its agencies, diplomatic missions, and other international NGOs, and make oral and written statements at the UN Commission on Human Rights.
  • We advocate for reforms, and we make recommendations for improving human rights situations in countries.
  • We provide research on international treaties, data and thematic issues that can assist the work of our brothers and sisters at the local level.
  • We host Dominican delegations in Geneva to enable them to network effectively with government missions and non-governmental organizations.
  • We launch and respond to urgent appeals about local violations of human rights.