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BWA General Council Resolution 2008.6

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Prague, Czech Republic, July 20- 25, 2008;

Rejoices in the work God is doing among his people in Zimbabwe and in particular through the Baptist churches in Zimbabwe;

Affirms its continuing commitment to defend and promote the human rights of all people as set forth in the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights and associated instruments;

Acknowledges the God-given responsibility of national governments and of the international community to uphold human rights through appropriate nonviolent means;

Laments the recent events in Zimbabwe which have led to economic crisis, social unrest, political uncertainty, and a deterioration in human rights;

Stands in solidarity with all Zimbabweans who are experiencing suffering or despairing at this time;

Calls upon all political and military leaders and law enforcement officers in Zimbabwe to respect the democratic process, the rule of law, and the wise counsel of fellow African leaders and of the wider international community;

Applauds the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to engage in talks by the leadership of the major political parties in Zimbabwe;

Urges all those involved in these talks to be accountable to the people of Zimbabwe;

Encourages leaders within the Baptist World Alliance to seek greater understanding of the present situation in Zimbabwe and to work toward peaceful resolution of the political and economic crises;

BWA General Council Resolution 2008.6

Invites the worldwide Baptist community to pray for the peace of Zimbabwe; for the safety and security of all people there; and for effective witness to the transforming power of the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.


Original Source Bibliography: Callam, Neville, editor. Baptist World Alliance 2008 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2008.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Neville Callam, ed., Baptist World Alliance 2008 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2008), pp. 133- 134.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 2008.6 Zimbabwe; https://baptistworld.org/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 2008.6).

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