Caritas advocates for justice and peace in response to conflict situations, including in the Middle East and South Sudan and provides input to New Zealand’s legislative response to emergencies. This is grounded in our humanitarian relief work.
New Zealand’s legislative response to emergencies
Caritas is advocating for the adoption of international Sphere standards, which guide our humanitarian response to international emergencies. We discussed this with Parliament’s Regulations Select Committee who are undertaking a review of New Zealand’s legislative response to emergencies, and also made a submission
Caritas has commented on legislation concerning New Zealanders who travel to the Middle East to join the conflict with or against ISIS, including making a submission about the issue. We are currently working to help those affected by the crisis in Syria.
Caritas promotes peace with justice for all peoples in the Holy Land - both in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories.
We have been supporting partners in South Sudan to help the millions who have been displaced through civil conflict, this, along with drought has led to serious food shortages in the country.