Sanctions

Sanctions

BWA General Council Resolution 2000.5

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance meeting in Havana July 5-8, 2000

NOTES the pain and suffering endured by innocent persons as a result of the imposition of international economic sanctions;

RECALLS that at its meeting in Montego Bay in 1992 the Council took note of the “heavy burdens placed on the poor of … Cuba by the present trade embargo” and called for the “speedy removal of economic sanctions which impact leaders, while devastating the population at large”:

REAFFIRMS our commitment to the dignity of human beings created in the image of the triune God and underscores the urgency of the need for all nations and peoples to respect and support the human rights of all;

BELIEVES access to food and medicines is a basic human right and the denial of such access should not be used by nations as a tool of geopolitics;

ENCOURAGES the churches to take steps to express their solidarity with oppressed peoples; WELCOMES initiatives to ease sanctions on food and medicine affecting the people of Cuba; and,

CALLS UPON governments to remove economic sanctions relating to food and medicines and so contribute to human well-being and urges governments to reconsider the appropriateness of the use of economic sanctions in the effort to encourage changes in political situations.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Lotz, Denton, editor. Baptist World Alliance 2000 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2000.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 2000 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2000), pp. 85-86.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 2000.5 Sanctions; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 2000.5).

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Resolution on Forgiveness of National Debts

BWA General Council Resolution 2001.3

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance meeting in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada, July 2-7, 2001

NOTES the imminent G8 summit meeting to be held in Genoa, Italy;

RECALLS the 1999 General Council resolution on Jubilee 2000 congratulating the G8 nations for adopting a US $100 billion debt forgiveness package;

REGRETS that the process of forgiving the debts of the poorest nations has not proceeded more swiftly;

ENCOURAGES all G8 leaders to advance the process to enable the poorest nations to promote the economic and social welfare of their citizens; and

CALLS on Baptists and all people of good will to continue to support the campaign to encourage governments and creditor institutions to implement with greater speed decisions already made concerning debt relief and for debtor nations to translate such relief into tangible benefits for their citizens; and

INSISTS that nothing herein should work to promote governments that deny freedom to their people.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Lotz, Denton, editor. Baptist World Alliance 2001 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2001.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 2001 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2001), p. 95.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 2001.3 Resolution on Forgiveness of National Debts; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 2001.3).

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Justice

BWA World Congress Resolution 1995.3

The General Council and 17th World Congress of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina, July 31-August 6, 1995,

ACKNOWLEDGES that 1995 marks several significant 50th anniversaries including,

  • the funding of the United Nations,
  • the cessation of hostilities in World War II,
  • the “Breton Woods Agreement” on a world economic order, creating the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund,
  • all of which anticipated a peaceful and prosperous future for all peoples of the world;

LAMENTS the profound failure to realize these bright hopes in this most violent of all centuries which abs witnessed an estimated 110 million deaths as a result of war and 19 million deaths a year from structural violence which perpetuates such life-threatening conditions as hunger, poverty, preventable disease and racism;

WELCOMES with gratitude recent expressions within and beyond the Baptist world of repentance for past wrongs and for complicity in continuing injustice recognizing the resultant possibilities for healing and reconciliation;

CELEBRATES all manifestations of the spirit of inclusion and of empowerment of those previously excluded by factors such as gender, race, ethnicity and age;

CALLS for greater faithfulness to the Gospel mandate by:

  • BWA World Congress Resolution 1995.3
  • actively opposing the violence of international conflict and ethnic/racial strife;
  • urging the nations of the developed North and their financial institutions to forgive debts and interest repayments from the most impoverished nations;
  • supporting all attempts to eradicate overt and covert expressions of racism in line with the Harare Declaration on Combating Racism;

AFFIRMS the need to listen more attentively to the voice of God to discern signs of hope amidst all the ambiguities of human experience.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Ryan, Wendy E., editor. Celebrate Christ: The Hope of the World; Official Report of the Seventeenth Baptist World Congress, Buenos Aires, Argentina, August 1-16, 1995. McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1995.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Wendy E. Ryan, ed., Celebrate Christ: The Hope of the World; Official Report of the Seventeenth Baptist World Congress, Buenos Aires, Argentina, August 1-16, 1995 (McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1995), pp. 205-206.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA World Congress Resolution 1995.3 Justice; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA World Congress Resolution 1995.3).

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Peace, Justice and Integrity of Creation

BWA World Congress Resolution 1990.4

The Baptist World Congress recognizes and rejoices in the steps towards world peace which have occurred around the world in recent political discussions and national commitments. The Baptist World Alliance is committed to the fostering of movements of peace, justice and the integrity of the Creation and we recognize the inter-relatedness of these.

The history of the use of force has progressively proven that force in today’s world cannot be focused nor selectively used, rather the whole world is involved if any portion of it suffers from the violation of peace and the denial of individual and collective rights.

Present international economic order and debt crises, total international security strategies and environmental concerns of the planet affect all persons and portions of the earth,

THEREFORE BE IN RESOLVED that the Baptist World Congress, meeting in Seoul Korea, August 13- 18, 1990, calls on all the nations, economies, confessions and persons to acknowledge that:

1. Violence against any person, groups of persons or portions of the creation denies the wholeness of the purpose of the Creator and is contrary to the mind and purpose of God;
2. Christians are called to witness against any form of destructive violence towards persons or any part of God’s creation;

3. Baptist constituencies have a special responsibility to foster local movements for peace, justice and the preservation of the creation.

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this Congress affirm that

• all power is accountable to God,
• both male and female humans are created in the image of God,

• all races and people are of equal value to God and thus are so to one another,
• the poor and hungry of all societies must be of special concern to those who claim to be the people of God,
• truth, and equal access to it, is the foundation of free peoples,
• citizens of every nation deserve protection from political persecution,
• peace is of Jesus Christ and the search for peace is a primary goal of those who give allegiance to Him, and
• all Creation is loved by and is the possession of God and therefore Baptists are called to commit themselves to the preservation of the creation both as an act of devotion and of stewardship.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Ryan, Wendy E., editor. Together in Christ: Official Report of the Sixteenth Congress, Seoul, Korea, August 14-19, 1990. McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1990.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Wendy E. Ryan, ed., Together in Christ: Official Report of the Sixteenth Congress, Seoul, Korea, August 14-19, 1990 (McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1990), p. 160-161.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA World Congress Resolution 1990.4 Peace, Justice and Integrity of Creation; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA World Congress Resolution 1990.4).

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Ecology

BWA World Congress Resolution 1980.7

Recognizing the grave world shortages of oil and many other sources of energy,

We urge on all governments and all members of our churches the need for careful and responsible husbanding of such resources, having in mind the effects of these shortages on the economies, especially of developing countries, and the requirements of succeeding generations.

We urge upon our governments and industries the need to locate and clean up abandoned sites where hazardous waste has been dumped, and we support legislation which will discourage future disposal of waste in a manner dangerous to human beings and living things.

We encourage experimentation and use of alternative natural sources of energy such as wind, sun, and water.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Bryant, Cyril E. and Burke, Ruby J., editors. Celebrating Christ’s Presence Through the Spirit: Official Report of the Fourteenth Congress, Toronto, Canada, July 8-13, 1980. Nashville: Broadman Press, 1981.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Cyril E. Bryant and Ruby J. Burke, eds., Celebrating Christ’s Presence Through the Spirit: Official Report of the Fourteenth Congress, Toronto, Canada, July 8-13, 1980 (Nashville: Broadman Press, 1981), p. 245.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA World Congress Resolution 1980.7 Ecology; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA World Congress Resolution 1980.7).