United Nations Declaration Concerning Religious “Intolerance and Discrimination”

United Nations Declaration Concerning Religious “Intolerance and Discrimination”

BWA General Council Resolution 1981.1

Affirming the Baptist heritage of religious liberty which has, from its inception, upheld the right of all people to practice and propagate their religious faith without let or hindrance;

  1. We welcome the proposed United Nations “Declaration on the Elimination of all Forms of Intolerance and Discrimination based on Religious Belief.”
  2. We accept it is generally consistent with the cherished heritage of Baptists and with manifestos and resolutions of numerous Baptist World Alliance Congresses.
  3. We observe that, while its adoption would not give it the effect of law and would not bring about an immediate change in the practice of Governments, it would have strong moral force in the affairs of the nations.
  4. We strongly commend the proposed Declaration and urge its adoption by the United Nations.
  5. We encourage our member bodies, with this end in view, to communicate to the Foreign Ministries of their respective Governments the desire that such Governments support the Declaration in the vote of the General Assembly.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Claas, Gerhard, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1981 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Washington, DC: Baptist World Alliance, 1981.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Gerhard Claas, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1981 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Washington, DC: Baptist World Alliance, 1981), p. 37.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1981.1 United Nations Declaration Concerning Religious “Intolerance and Discrimination”; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1981.1).

United Nations Declaration Concerning Religious “Intolerance and Discrimination”

Fundamental Freedoms

BWA General Council Resolution 1982.3

Ever since the Baptist World Congress in Atlanta in 1939 the Baptist World Alliance has spoken out with regularity on behalf of religious freedom for all persons, and in more recent years on behalf of civil liberties generally.

Therefore we welcome the proclamation by the United Nations in November 1981 of the Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Intolerance and of Discrimination based on Religion or Belief. We urge the United Nations to proceed with the drafting of a covenant, to be offered to the nations for signature and ratification, which would translate the declaration into law. We ask our member bodies to encourage the irrespective governments to participate in such a treaty-making process.

We take note with regret that the existing International Covenants on Human Rights (and optional protocol) have not obtained the support of all nations. We also note that there are international conventions on specific aspects of human rights, including the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, and that these conventions have been adhered to by all the apportioned organizations here represented. We ask our member bodies to review such covenants and conventions with a view to encouraging the non-ratifying governments to signify their adherence thereto.

We proclaim once more that the God who gave us life called us to liberty. We are committed to the teaching of the New Testament concerning the importance of freedom as well as its source (John 8:36; Galatians 5).

Meeting as we are on the Continent of Africa, we are acutely conscious of the need for further progress toward the elimination of racism and racial discrimination, particularly where governments restrict the fundamental freedom of one or more races within their jurisdiction. We appeal to all governments to promptly abolish restrictions of a racial nature including the evil called apartheid and those which restrict freedom of expression freedom of association and freedom of movement.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Claas, Gerhard, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1982 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Washington, DC: Baptist World Alliance, 1982.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Gerhard Claas, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1982 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Washington, DC: Baptist World Alliance, 1982), p. 70.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1982.3 Fundamental Freedoms; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1982.3).

United Nations Declaration Concerning Religious “Intolerance and Discrimination”

Human Rights: A Statement of Concern

BWA General Council Resolution 1983.4

Baptist people numbering more than 34 million from all over the world have long stood for the right of all people to be free and independent and have worked to encourage governments everywhere to respect human rights. As Christians we believe that human rights are God-given and that violations of human rights are violations of the laws of God. We have expressed deep concern in previous years about human rights violations in all parts of the world, from blatant racial discrimination and restrictions on religious freedom to military and economic oppression.

As we meet with this concern for the human rights of all people, we come with special concern for the growing evidence of tragic violations of human rights in today’s world, including Central and South America. The forces of subversion and repression are responsible for the kidnapping, torture and illegal detention, including the displacement or death of more than a million people from their homes and families. We urge all parties to this subversion and repression to move from the battlefields to the negotiation tables, to seek sincerely to achieve peace with justice and to bring an end to these violations of human rights.

As we meet and enjoy the hospitality of the Republic of Argentina and its people, we support the commitment of the Argentine Government to hold elections on October 31 and to move to the establishment of civil government. We are aware of the desire of the Argentine people to achieve stable self-government with freedom and respect for human rights and congratulate them on this bright prospect. We especially appreciate the openness of Argentina in receiving Baptist World Alliance delegates from all member nations.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Claas, Gerhard, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1983 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Washington, DC: Baptist World Alliance, 1983.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Gerhard Claas, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1983 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Washington, DC: Baptist World Alliance, 1983), p. 63.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1983.4 Human Rights: A Statement of Concern; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1983.4).

United Nations Declaration Concerning Religious “Intolerance and Discrimination”

Involuntary Fingerprinting of Roma People in Italy

BWA General Council Resolution 2008.8

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

Laments that the Italian government, without objection of the European Union, is practicing the involuntary fingerprinting of all Roma people within its borders, including children, which we regard as ethnic profiling;

Acknowledges that there can be legitimate reasons for registering people, but recognizes that history has taught us that selecting, isolating and targeting a minority group or a people on the basis of culture, ethnicity, or race are discriminatory practices that justify acts of violence;

Recalls that the Roma people were targeted and persecuted many times in history leading to the genocide perpetrated against them by the Nazi regime;

Affirms that Baptists worldwide stand against all forms of discrimination and for the safeguarding of the dignity and human rights of all human beings, and in this context notes that the Christian Evangelical Baptist Union of Italy has strongly opposed the compulsory fingerprinting of Roma people;

Calls on all leaders within the Baptist World Alliance to urge representatives of the United Nations, European Union and national governments to issue a strong protest to the Italian government against such discriminatory practice and firmly request its immediate cessation.

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. 135- 136.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 2008.8 Involuntary Fingerprinting of Roma People in Italy; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 2008.8).

United Nations Declaration Concerning Religious “Intolerance and Discrimination”

Religious Freedom and Human Rights

BWA General Council Resolution 1979.4

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, believing in the inherent right of all people to freedom of religious faith, practice, and propagation, and recognizing the rights of governments to require that such freedom shall be exercised responsibly, wishes once again to express its deep concern over present attitudes in many countries with respect to religious believers, involving in some cases, strong legislation against them.

We call on all governments of our world to grant religious freedom with respect to belief, practice and propagation, to all peoples in their countries, and urge the cessation of all discrimination against those who practice or advocate other religions than those approved or accepted in their countries.

We further express our conviction that all nations which are signatories of the Helsinki Act should honor and implement every article of the Helsinki document, including those which deal with human rights and basic freedoms of all people within their territories.

We would also urge our Baptist people to act responsibly as Christian citizens and with respect to the rights of the fellow human beings within their countries.

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After its first presentation, the resolution was referred back to the Committee for revisions and reconsideration by the General Council the following day. This was done, in the absence of Chairman Akande, by David Russell.

MOTION by Russell was seconded. The resolution on Religious Freedom and Human Rights was passed after discussion and amendment.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Denny, Robert S., editor. Baptist World Alliance 1979 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Washington, DC: Baptist World Alliance, 1979.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Robert S. Denny, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1979 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Washington, DC: Baptist World Alliance, 1979), pp. 52- 53.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1979.4 Religious Freedom and Human Rights; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1979.4).