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://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

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

Resolution on the Humanitarian Crisis in Venezuela

Zimbabwe

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.

Citations

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://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

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

Resolution on the Humanitarian Crisis in Venezuela

The Millennium of Christianity in Russia

BWA General Council Resolution 1987.5

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Amman, Jordan, July 5-12, 1987, expresses its joy at the forthcoming celebration of the 1,000th anniversary of Christianity in Russia in 1988 and gives God thanks for the contribution of Russian Christians to the world church.

The Council warmly welcomes the news that the Russian Orthodox Church has been granted permission to print 100,000 jubilee Bibles as part of the celebration and that a further 100,000 Bibles may be imported for the All-Union Council of Christians-Baptists through a joint BWA/United Bible Societies project in the same year.

We also express our pleasure at the recent government announcement of an amnesty from June 1 to December 31, 1987, by which many now in prison will be released, including Christian brothers and sisters for whom we have long prayed,

We express the hope that these developments of liberalization and democratization within the Soviet Union will continue to grow so that it will bring about that trust which will deepen and strengthen international relations.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Claas, Gerhard, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1987 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1987.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Gerhard Claas, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1987 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1987), pp. 60-61.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1987.5 The Millennium of Christianity in Russia; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1987.5).

Resolution on the Humanitarian Crisis in Venezuela

El Salvador

BWA General Council Resolution 1992.5

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Montego Bay, Jamaica, July 4-12, 19922;

HAVING received a report from the Baptist World Alliance Human Rights Delegation to El Salvador in January, 1992, and also from our Baptist sisters and brothers in that troubled country;

CELEBRATES with profound thanksgiving to God the signing on January 16, 1992, of agreements between the Government of El Salvador and the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) to bring about a cease-fire and to move toward national reconciliation;

SHARES the hopes of all people in El Salvador seeking the establishment of a truly lasting peace;

AFFIRMS the continuing support for the members of church and humanitarian organizations who, during the period of the war, risked their own lives and security in order to assist victims of war and injustice;

CONVEYS special appreciation and love to the Baptist Association of El Salvador and its member churches for their faithfulness and courage in difficult times;

EXPRESSES grave concern at continuing reports of human rights violations and corruption of the judicial system at the highest levels;

URGES the government and the FMLN, in consultation with all sectors to continue working for reconciliation and reconstruction, demonstrating goodwill be securing the speedy and complete implementation of the accords ensuring respect for human rights, human integrity, the full exercise of democratic liberty and the solution of the socio-economic injustices which give rise to the war; and,

CALLS upon the governments of the developed nations to contribute generously to reconstruction, development and democracy in El Salvador, and to halt all military aid to El Salvador.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Lotz, Denton, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1992-1993 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1992.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1992-1993 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1992), p. 173.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1992.5 El Salvador; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1992.5).

Resolution on the Humanitarian Crisis in Venezuela

South Africa

BWA General Council Resolution 1993.8

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Harare, Zimbabwe August 6-9, 1993,

SENDS greetings to our sisters and brothers in the Baptist and wider Christian community in South Africa;

APPLAUDS the decision to hold multi-racial elections with universal adult suffrage in 1994;

ABHORS the escalation of violence since the announcement of the decision, noting that more than 899 have died in killings and massacres including some 200 since 30 July;

ACKNOWLEDGES that many people of good will are working with determination towards the creation of a just and peaceful society with equal opportunities for all South Africans;

ENDORSES the call for the creation of an internal peacekeeping force under the command of non-South African security personnel to prevent any sinister force seeking to subvert the negotiations;

AFFIRMS the establishment of education for democracy programs among the peoples of South Africa, encouraging member bodies and their mission agencies to consider ways of supporting such programs in partnership with the Baptist Convention of South Africa and the Baptist Union of Southern Africa; ands

URGES Baptists throughout the world to participate in appropriate external monitoring programs.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Lotz, Denton, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1993-1994 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1993.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1993-1994 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1993), p. 114.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1993.8 South Africa; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1993.8).