Dominicans and Human Rights

Episode Seventeen

Two Dominicans who work at the United Nations talk about the half-millennia-long role of the Order of Preachers in advancing human rights.


Father Aniedi Okure and Sister Dusty Farnan talk about the Dominican roots of human rights and share inspiring stories about the courageous efforts of women and men around the world to defend the rights of peoples everywhere.

About our guests

Father Aniedi Okure is the promoter general of justice, peace, and the care of creation for the Global Dominican Family and the Permanent Delegate of the Order to the Human Rights Council in Geneva. He is a Friar of the Nigerian Province of Dominicans.

Sister Dusty Farnan is the UN main representative for the Dominican Leadership Conference in New York and an Adrian Dominican Sister.


Download our favorite bits of wisdom from this week's guests to share in social media.

  • 16th Century Spanish Dominican Friar Francesco de Vittoria is considered the father of human rights
  • The Advent preaching of the Dominican Friars at Hispaniola in 1511 is widely understood as the foundational call for the rights of indigenous peoples.
  • Dominicans around the world are trained to accurately document human rights abuses.
  • Climate change is at the root of many of the worst human rights violations.
  • We cannot not have hope!


Dominicans for Justice and Peace

UN Declaration of Human Rights

UN Commission on the Status of Women

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