Posts By: catherinegordon

U.S. Sanctions on the ICC Chief Prosecutor Undermine the Pursuit of Justice 

by Ailih Weeldreyer, Office of Public Witness Fellow During a 20th century filled with war and genocides, the United Nations created an international judicial system to hold states and individuals accountable. Within the commissioned framework, the International Criminal Court (ICC) was established as an impartial body to prosecute individuals who commit crimes against humanity, war crimes, genocide, and crimes of aggression. An international… Read more »

A Peaceful Transition of Power

After days of high anxiety and ballot counting, on November 7, 2020, former vice-president Joe Biden became the 46th President-elect of the United States of America. He received almost seventy-nine million votes, has a sizable lead in the Electoral College, and insurmountable leads in each state he won. However, President Trump refuses to accept the… Read more »

Making “Never Again” a Reality

by Ailih Weeldryer, OPW Intern for International Issues This July marked the 25th anniversary of the massacre at Srebrenica, a turning point in the Bosnian War that many agree qualifies under the international definition of genocide. For Bosnian Muslims, the memory of the massacre and campaign of ethnic cleansing enacted by Serbian forces looms large. Many… Read more »

PCUSA Joins Faith Groups in Call to Senators to Lead Global Covid-19 Response

WASHINGTON, DC—On September 17, 2020, seventeen faith-based national organizations, representing thousands of members serving poor and vulnerable people around the world, delivered a letter to Senators urging them to pass legislation that includes international assistance to address the social and economic impacts of COVID-19. September 17, 2020 Dear Senator, As representatives of faith-based organizations serving… Read more »

COVID19 and the Power Imbalance of International Trade Policy

by Hannah Graunke, Summer Fellow, Office of Public Witness As governments are scrambling to enact life-saving policies during the COVID-19 pandemic, investors and international corporations are striving to save their profits at the expense of citizens around the globe. More and more nations are taking measures to ensure adequate health care, water, and electricity for… Read more »

PCUSA joins humanitarian and civil society groups calling on Congress to include North Korea aid exemptions in next COVID relief package

Today, the Presbyterian Church (USA) along with 35 organizations representing humanitarian, research, peacebuilding, faith-based, human rights, and other civil society groups sent a letter to Congress urging immediate sanctions exemptions for humanitarian assistance to the people of North Korea during the pandemic. The organizations collectively have more than 40 million constituents. May 5, 2020 The… Read more »

PCUSA Joins Letter on Excessive Military Spending

Joint Statement: U.S. organizations react to global military spending report April 27, 2020 Our diverse group of 39 think-tanks, non-profits, faith-based organizations, and advocacy groups based in the United States find the exorbitant amount of money spent on militaries worldwide to be an irresponsible and harmful use of global wealth. The Global Military Expenditures Report… Read more »