Resolution on the Humanitarian Crisis in Venezuela

Resolution on the Humanitarian Crisis in Venezuela

BWA General Council Resolution 2017.5

The Baptist World Alliance General Council, meeting in Bangkok, Thailand, July 5-7, 2017:

STATES its concerns at the climate of political and social instability and violence in Venezuela, which has led to deteriorating socio-economic conditions, including a shortage of food and medicines;

EXPRESSES compassion to all the Venezuelan people, especially to fellow Baptists in the country;

CALLS on the Venezuelan authorities to allow humanitarian aid into the country and to grant access to those who wish to assist the worst affected sectors of society;

CONDEMNS all forms of violence and calls for respect for democracy to guarantee a just way out of the grave situation affecting the nation;

PRAYS for all the people of Venezuela that peace will be recovered and internal divisions will cease.

Citations

BWA General Council Resolution 2017.5 Resolution on the Humanitarian Crisis in Venezuela

Original Source Bibliography: Callam, Neville, editor. Baptist World Alliance 2017 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2017.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Neville Callam, ed., Baptist World Alliance 2017 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2017), p. 149.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 2017.5 Resolution on the Humanitarian Crisis in Venezuela; https://www.baptistworld.org/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 2017.5).

Resolution on the Humanitarian Crisis in Venezuela

Resolution on Refugees in East Africa

BWA General Council Resolution 2017.4

The Baptist World Alliance General Council, meeting in Bangkok, Thailand, July 5-7, 2017:

NOTES with appreciation the resolution titled “Ministry to Refugees” adopted by the General Council of the Baptist World Alliance meeting in Vancouver, Canada, July 6-8, 2016;

ACKNOWLEDGES the deteriorating circumstances in some nations of East Africa resulting in a significant expansion of refugees seeking food, shelter and safety;

RECOGNIZES the heroic responses of Baptist bodies in East Africa to these changing circumstances; and

REQUESTS Baptists around the world to remember the people of East Africa in prayer and to provide support as possible.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Callam, Neville, editor. Baptist World Alliance 2017 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2017.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Neville Callam, ed., Baptist World Alliance 2017 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2017), p. 148.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 2017.4 Resolution on Refugees in East Africa; https://www.baptistworld.org/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 2017.4).

Resolution on the Humanitarian Crisis in Venezuela

Kachin Crisis

BWA General Council Resolution 2013.11

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance meeting in Ocha Rios, Jamaica, July 1-6, 2013:

LAMENTS the atrocities occurring in Rakhine, Chin, Karen and Kachin states in Myanmar;

RECALLS that Baptist missionaries, Adoniram and Ann Judson, arrived on the shores of Myanmar in 1813 and Eugenio Kincaid, the Judsons’ missionary colleague, first addressed the Kachins in 1837;

AFFIRMS Jesus’ teaching that his followers should do to others what we would have them do to us “for this sums up the Law and Prophets” (Matthew 7:12) and the scriptural injunction to love our neighbors as ourselves (See, for example, Galatians 5:14);

NOTES that the Kachin Baptist Convention, founded in 1910, represents the majority of Kachin people living in Myanmar and around the world and is a member of the Myanmar Baptist Convention and the Baptist World Alliance, sharing the Christian commitment to peace and justice;

REGRETS that, in June 2011, a seventeen-year cease-fire between the Myanmar army and the Kachin Independence Army broke down and, although the president of Myanmar ordered the military on December 10, 2011, to stop their offensive, the war in the Kachin State has escalated;

LAMENTS that large numbers of innocent civilians have been killed and many women have been raped as part of a strategy of violence. More than 200 Kachin Baptist villages have been lost and at least sixty six places of worship have been destroyed. The war has forced more than 100,000 civilians to flee their homes and live in camps as Internally Displaced Peoples (IDPs);

SUPPORTS the following public statement issued by the Kachin Baptist Convention on January 30, 2013, calling on all parties involved:

• “To immediately cease military operations at this time when the Myanmar president’s Roadmap to Peace is being implemented, as it is creating mistrust and affecting national unity for the brothers and sisters of all ethnic groups of Myanmar.”

BWA General Council Resolution 2013.11

• “To permit fast and effective access to humanitarian assistance by the removal of barriers to the UN agencies and international human rights organizations from reaching areas in need to ensure physical and emotional security of innocent civilians.”

• “To cease all harassment, arbitrary arrest and unlawful detention of civilians under the guise of security and other reason, cease military attacks upon civilians and those in the IDP camps, the burning of houses and villages, and sexual violence against female civilians, and to respect human rights laws.”

• “We do not believe that the use of force to attain peace can achieve sustainable peace. We urge an immediate political dialogue through the setting up of clear policies and procedures in order to secure a truly genuine and just peace;”

CALLS UPON Baptists worldwide:

• to stand with our Kachin Christian brothers and sisters in Myanmar and around the world to find solutions to this conflict and to all situations of ethnic cleansing through the power of prayer and nonviolent peacemaking; and

• to support actions of the United Nations and other nongovernmental organizations to promote relief work, establish justice, and return peace to this land.

Citations

BWA General Council Resolution 2013.11 Kachin Crisis

Original Source Bibliography: Callam, Neville, editor. Baptist World Alliance 2013 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2013.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Neville Callam, ed., Baptist World Alliance 2013 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2013), pp. 145- 146.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 2013.11 Kachin Crisis; https://www.baptistworld.org/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 2013.11).

For more information about Baptist World Alliance resolutions, visit BaptistWorld.org/resolutions.

Resolution on the Humanitarian Crisis in Venezuela

Haiti (Resolution)

BWA General Council Resolution 2013.8

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance meeting in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, July 1-6, 2013:

ACKNOWLEDGES that the Republic of Haiti was the first, and for a long time, the only state in the world to recognize equality of rights for all human beings regardless of gender, economic condition or any other consideration;

LAMENTS that the country was weakened by the trade embargo imposed by major world powers and by France’s demand of an indemnity of 150,000,000 gold francs in exchange for recognition of Haitian independence;

REGRETS that the people of Haiti have suffered much since their declaration of independence and their simultaneous abolition of slavery within their land;

NOTES that frequent natural disasters have adversely affected the nation’s welfare and, since the earthquake of January 12, 2010, world attention has been drawn to the plight of the Haitian people, many of whom are unemployed and suffering and their land and environment are degraded by decades of over- exploitation.

GIVES THANKS FOR the support given by the international community and the Christian World Communions in response to the earthquake;

JOINS the Caribbean Baptist Fellowship in encouraging members of churches of the Caribbean Diaspora, especially those of Haitian origin, to lobby their governments in order to alleviate the stress stringent regulations, such as visa restrictions, place on the Haitian people; and

CALLS UPON Baptists to maintain advocacy for the alleviation of the suffering of the Haitian people.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Callam, Neville, editor. Baptist World Alliance 2013 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2013.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Neville Callam, ed., Baptist World Alliance 2013 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2013), p. 144.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 2013.9 Caribbean Court of Justice; https://www.baptistworld.org/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 2013.9).

For more information about Baptist World Alliance resolutions, visit BaptistWorld.org/resolutions.

Resolution on the Humanitarian Crisis in Venezuela

Resolution on Haiti

BWA General Council Resolution 2013.8

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance meeting in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, July 1-6, 2013:

ACKNOWLEDGES that the Republic of Haiti was the first, and for a long time, the only state in the world to recognize equality of rights for all human beings regardless of gender, economic condition or any other consideration;

LAMENTS that the country was weakened by the trade embargo imposed by major world powers and by France’s demand of an indemnity of 150,000,000 gold francs in exchange for recognition of Haitian independence;

REGRETS that the people of Haiti have suffered much since their declaration of independence and their simultaneous abolition of slavery within their land;

NOTES that frequent natural disasters have adversely affected the nation’s welfare and, since the earthquake of January 12, 2010, world attention has been drawn to the plight of the Haitian people, many of whom are unemployed and suffering and their land and environment are degraded by decades of over- exploitation.

GIVES THANKS FOR the support given by the international community and the Christian World Communions in response to the earthquake;

JOINS the Caribbean Baptist Fellowship in encouraging members of churches of the Caribbean Diaspora, especially those of Haitian origin, to lobby their governments in order to alleviate the stress stringent regulations, such as visa restrictions, place on the Haitian people; and

CALLS UPON Baptists to maintain advocacy for the alleviation of the suffering of the Haitian people.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Callam, Neville, editor. Baptist World Alliance 2013 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2013.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Neville Callam, ed., Baptist World Alliance 2013 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2013), p. 143.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 2013.8 Haiti; https://www.baptistworld.org/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 2013.8).

For more information about Baptist World Alliance resolutions, visit BaptistWorld.org/resolutions.