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.

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).

Involuntary Fingerprinting of Roma People in Italy

Middle East Situation

BWA General Council Resolution 1991.3

THANKFUL TO Almighty God for the cessation of open war in Kuwait and Iraq,

MINDFUL of the tragic aftermath of such hostilities in terms not only of loss of life but also of the appalling social and economic conditions prevailing in the Gulf and the long-term threat to the environment caused by oil pollution in both sea and air,

CONCERNED ABOUT the distressing plight of ethnic minorities, the prevailing thirst for retaliation and revenge, the continuing violation of human rights and the dangerously unsettled state of the region generally, and

CONSCIOUS of the wide ramifications of such matters for many underdeveloped countries as well as for the countries of the Middle East itself,

Therefore General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Montreal, Canada, July 10- 13, 1991, resolves to URGE member bodies throughout the world:

  • to bring pressure to bear on their governments to strengthen the hand of the United Nations in its efforts to counteract aggression and to effect peaceful settlement in all areas of conflict whether or not the economic interests of powerful states are involved, and
  • to pray unceasingly and to work earnestly for a just and lasting peace in the Middle East and not least for a strong and mutual commitment on the part of Israel and the neighboring states to find a solution to the situation of the Palestinian people.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Lotz, Denton, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1991 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1991.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1991 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1991), p. 37.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1991.3 Middle East Situation; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1991.3).

Involuntary Fingerprinting of Roma People in Italy

The Ministry of Reconciliation

BWA General Council Resolution 1994.5

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance meeting in Uppsala, Sweden from 18-24 July 1994:

REJOICES with the world community at recent political developments where negotiation has opened the way to peaceful resolution of long-term hostility or oppression, in particular:

• the September 1993 accords between the Israelis and Palestinians

• the birth of a non-racial and truly democratic society through the April 1994 elections in South Africa

• the peaceful transition to democracy in Malawi in 1994 where Baptists and other Christian leaders played a crucial and courageous role;

EXPRESSES its hopes for further reconciliation and its acceptance of responsibility for continued support, that these gains may be firmly established and extended;

ACKNOWLEDGES the call of God in Christ to his people to be a reconciled and reconciling community;

CONFESSES with shame that throughout the Baptist family walls of hostility and fear often divide us, impeding the effectiveness of our service and eroding the power of our witness;

CHALLENGES all Baptists to repentance, prayer and costly action as they engage in the ministry of reconciliation “that the world might believe.”

Citations

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

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1994 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1994), p. 118.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1994.5 The Ministry of Reconciliation; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1994.5).

Involuntary Fingerprinting of Roma People in Italy

The Ministry of Reconciliation

BWA General Council Resolution 1994.5

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance meeting in Uppsala, Sweden from 18-24 July 1994:

REJOICES with the world community at recent political developments where negotiation has opened the way to peaceful resolution of long-term hostility or oppression, in particular:

• the September 1993 accords between the Israelis and Palestinians

• the birth of a non-racial and truly democratic society through the April 1994 elections in South Africa

• the peaceful transition to democracy in Malawi in 1994 where Baptists and other Christian leaders played a crucial and courageous role;

EXPRESSES its hopes for further reconciliation and its acceptance of responsibility for continued support, that these gains may be firmly established and extended;

ACKNOWLEDGES the call of God in Christ to his people to be a reconciled and reconciling community;

CONFESSES with shame that throughout the Baptist family walls of hostility and fear often divide us, impeding the effectiveness of our service and eroding the power of our witness;

CHALLENGES all Baptists to repentance, prayer and costly action as they engage in the ministry of reconciliation “that the world might believe.”

Citations

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

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1994 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1994), p. 118.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1994.5 The Ministry of Reconciliation; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1994.5).

Involuntary Fingerprinting of Roma People in Italy

Persecution of Christians

BWA General Council Resolution 1996.1

The General Council meeting in Hong Kong, July 3-9, 1996:

AFFIRMS religious liberty is a God-given human right, not a privilege to be granted or denied by the State; and

OBSERVES that in the twentieth century vast numbers of Christians have experienced persecution, imprisonment and martyrdom and that in some places the Christian faith is restricted or banned; and

LAMENTS that Christian minorities — especially evangelicals — too often face persecution and discrimination as targets of popular hatred; and

DENOUNCES the denial of basic human rights and all religious persecution anywhere in the world; and

URGES governments and churches around the world to uphold the fundamental freedom of religious liberty within their countries as a universal international standard; and

CALLS Christians worldwide to fervent prayer for the constant protection and power of the Holy Spirit in the daily lives of all believers everywhere who may be vulnerable to persecution; and

RECOMMENDS that individually and collectively Christians observe the second Sunday of December as an International Day of Prayer for persecuted Christians in connection with the BWA Human Rights Day.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Lotz, Denton, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1996 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1996.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1996 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1996), p. 101.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1996.1 Persecution of Christians; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1996.1).