Involuntary Fingerprinting of Roma People in Italy

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.

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Involuntary Fingerprinting of Roma People in Italy

Fifth Centennial of the Coming of Columbus and the Europeans to the Americas

BWA General Council Resolution 1992.2

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Montego Bay, Jamaica, July 4-12, 1992:

THANKS the Union Bautista Latino Americana (UBLA) for the guidance they have provided the Council on what a Christian response should be to the Fifth Centennial of the coming of Columbus and the Europeans to the Americas, and the beginning of a different way of live and thought for the people of the hemisphere;

REGRETS that the poly-cultural environment created, though rich in diversity, has sadly contributed to a history of continual confrontation and conflict within the region;

ACKNOWLEDGES that our family includes those who share the legacy of both conquerors and conquered;

as conquerors, we often perpetuate the violence of the situation, seen in the abuse, the genocide, the cultural aggression, the rape, the plunder and the corruption of aboriginal peoples;

as conquered, we have shed our blood at the hands of foreign conquerors; we have suffered the dispossession of what was authentically ours, and still suffer economic exploitation which continues to put our lives at risk in the world today;

REPENTS of our failure to uphold the Biblical imperatives of justice and reconciliation in our lives in our relationships, on which basis, we both as those who have been sinned against, FORGIVE those who have hurt us and impeded our proper development, and as those who are sinners, SEEK AND RECEIVE the forgiveness that the gospel offers;

COMMIT ourselves to a new obedience to scripture in respecting one another as those made in the image of God, so that his reign may become a reality among us; and,

RESOLVES to commemorate the Quincentennial with prayerful reflection and study, with actions of healing and in its programs of education and mission to cast aside every trace of ethnocentrism, declaring that only in Jesus Christ is to be found genuine liberation, true peace and authentic justice.

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), pp. 171-172.

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Involuntary Fingerprinting of Roma People in Italy

Resolution concerning the Jews

BWA World Congress Resolution 1947.3

“Aware of the unprecedented suffering through which the people of Israel have passed during recent years, millions of them being exterminated by the most inhuman means; aware also that these sufferings are not yet at an end, but that hundreds of thousands are still in concentration camps or wandering homeless from land to land; aware, further, that the poisonous propaganda and destructive designs of anti- Semitism are still at work in many lands: this Congress puts on record its sense of sorrow and shame that such conditions prevail.

It calls, first, upon Baptists throughout the world to manifest the Spirit of Jesus Christ, Himself a Child of Israel, and to do everything in their power to alleviate the sufferings of the Jews.

It calls, secondly, upon the nations of the world to open doors to the homeless and oppressed refugees, since there can be no abiding peace while this problem remains unsolved.

It calls, thirdly, upon Jewry everywhere to refrain from provocative acts and to restrain those among them who would resort to violence.

Further, this Congress would not be true to its convictions if it did not state its belief that the command of Jesus Christ to evangelise the world was intended to include the people of Israel.

The Congress, therefore, calls upon all Baptists to do their part in supporting missionary work among the Jews. We believe that only when Christ is accepted as Lord will the Jews or any other people find salvation, peace, and freedom.”

This resolution, proposed by Dr. Jacob Gartenhaus, was moved, seconded, and passed unanimously.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Lewis, Walter O., editor. Seventh Baptist World Congress, Copenhagen, Denmark, July 29-August 3, 1947. London: The Carey Kingsgate Press Limited, 1948.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Walter O. Lewis, ed., Seventh Baptist World Congress, Copenhagen, Denmark, July 29-August 3, 1947 (London: The Carey Kingsgate Press Limited, 1948), p. 99.

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Involuntary Fingerprinting of Roma People in Italy

Resolution on Genocide

BWA World Congress Resolution 1950.3

Preamble

The U. N. Convention defines genocide to mean certain acts (enumerated in Article II) committed with the intent to destroy, in whole or part, a national, ethnical, racial, or religious group, as such.

“Genocide is a denial of the right of existence of entire human groups, as homicide is the denial of the right to live of individual human beings.”

WHEREAS, The United Nations has adopted a Convention on Genocide, for the purpose of condemning and outlawing the scourge of mass murder, and

WHEREAS, During the last war certain of the nations were guilty of this inhuman practice, using it both against minorities within their own borders as well as against conquered peoples and prisoners of war, and

WHEREAS, Christian conscience has been outraged by such treatment of human beings, and

WHEREAS, Only six more governments need to ratify this Convention in order to give it legal status, binding on those nations which have, or shall in the future, ratify this Convention, therefore be it

Resolved, That this World Congress of Baptists endorses the principle of the Convention on Genocide, and expresses the hope that it may speedily be ratified by the necessary number of governments and thus become part of the slowly emerging body of international law.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Ohrn, Arnold T, editor. Eighth Baptist World Congress, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A., July 22-27, 1950. Valley Forge: Judson Press, 1951.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Arnold T. Ohrn, ed., Eighth Baptist World Congress, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A., July 22-27, 1950 (Valley Forge: Judson Press, 1951), p. 340.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA World Congress Resolution 1950.3 Resolution on Genocide; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

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Resolution on Race Relations

BWA World Congress Resolution 1950.4

of the Commission on Social Justice and Human Rights

WHEREAS, The Baptist World Alliance in 1934, 1939 and 1947 condemned racial discrimination;

WHEREAS, The question of race relations is world-wide in scope and is one of the most serious and baffling problems confronting mankind today;

WHEREAS, This problem manifests itself in several unchristian ways such as discrimination against Jews in many lands, the Apartheid Movement in South Africa, the discrimination against orientals and Mexicans in some areas, and the segregation by law of Negroes in the United States;

WHEREAS, We believe that racial and cultural exploitation of one group by another leads to international conflict;

WHEREAS, Discrimination, based on religion, culture, color and race provides fertile soil for the development and spread of communism, fascism and other antisocial programs;

WHEREAS, We Baptists ourselves are not free from prejudice and discriminatory practices against racial and cultural groups in our worship and communities;

WHEREAS, We believe that discrimination and segregation based on religion, race, color and culture are ethically and morally indefensible and contrary to the gospel of Christ and the principle of freedom for which Baptists stand;

The Baptist World Alliance, a World Fellowship of Baptists, therefore:

(1) Urge our Baptist churches to examine their interracial practices and policies with a view to removing from their worship and fellowship all forms of segregation and discrimination based on race, color or culture;

(2) Urge that the Baptists of the world use their influence to have discriminatory laws repealed wherever they appear in their respective countries;

(3) Urge that Baptists everywhere seek where necessary the enactment of laws designed to safeguard the rights of oppressed racial groups;

(4) Urge that each individual Baptist throughout the world sincerely and prayerfully search his own soul with a view to freeing himself from racial and cultural prejudice and embodying in his own person the mind and spirit of Christ in all human relations—in work, business, education, government, politics, recreation, social life and religion.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Ohrn, Arnold T, editor. Eighth Baptist World Congress, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A., July 22-27, 1950. Valley Forge: Judson Press, 1951.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Arnold T. Ohrn, ed., Eighth Baptist World Congress, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A., July 22-27, 1950 (Valley Forge: Judson Press, 1951), pp. 340-341.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA World Congress Resolution 1950.4 Resolution on Race Relations; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

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