Commission on Human Rights Advocacy
The Commission on Human Rights Advocacy identifies Baptist individuals and institutions that are maintaining, in the name of Christ, outstanding witness in the defense of human rights.
Annual Gathering 2013
Commission chairs will be contacting their commissions shortly to begin planning for the upcoming Annual Gathering in Ocho Rios, Jamaica from July 1-6, 2012; focusing on the theme of In Step with the Spirit: Liberation.
This award is given for significant and effective activities to secure, protect, restore or preserve human rights as they are stated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights or in other declarations on human rights. The Denton & Janice Lotz Human Rights 2013 Award winner will be announced officially by the Executive Committee in March, 2013.
The Commission on Human Rights Advocacy met from July 2-6, 2012, in Santiago, Chile, featuring sessions on current human rights issues such as the peace process in El Salvador; human rights advocacy at the United Nations, and “A Baptist Framework for Human Rights.”
Among other things, this Commission heard the inspirational story of Rev. Edgar Palacios, who was the recipient of the 2012 Denton and Janice Lotz Human Rights Award for his prominent role in advocating for the rights of the poor and negotiating the peacemaking process that brought to an end a civil war in El Salvador, which took approximately 75, 000 lives over the course of 12 years. (Press Release) In Santiago, Palacios affirmed: “I was only a servant, a servant of the people. The Lord used me.” There are many Baptists around the world dedicating their lives to similar causes, moved by their faith and love for God and for the world. Their stories need to be told.
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