Can justice be delivered if the system that delivers justice itself is unjust? What roles can religious groups, be they Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist or Christian, play in reforming the justice delivery system so that justice is delivered to the people? Does such a mandate come within the purview of the religions that claim to uphold justice?
These are the key questions raised for religious groups in Asia by the Religious Perspectives on Human Rights newsletter, in keeping with the overall approach to human rights by the Asian Human Rights Commission. That approach concentrates on the link between justice systems and human rights. It emphasises that impediments to justice must be removed if societies are to achieve human rights.
The Religious Perspectives on Human Rights e-newsletter also emphasises that attempts to improve the lives of people, particularly those who live in wretched conditions, involve two elements: protection and participation. This approach is captured in the work done by the Religious Groups for Human Rights programme to eliminate torture from Asia, which includes working with persons from religious groups to collect information on torture, protect and rehabilitate victims, advocate for changes to laws, and build a strong regional network. This e-newsletter is just one of various means used to this end. Others include advertisements in newspapers, art and photo exhibitions, public rallies, songs (on CD and cassette) and video material. Above all, community participation is constantly sought in support of the victims.
For more details on the range of work and materials of the Religious Groups for Human Rights programme, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted on 2004-08-23