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Human Rights

Human rights concerns should receive constant and consistent attention across the Christian community. The Christian witness, as part of the Judeo-Christian tradition, bears an ancient witness as well as the clear teachings of Jesus and the apostolic community. Moreover, there is a consistent concern for community and society in the centuries of Christian history. And […] Read More

On Dec. 20, 1993, the post for a United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) was established. Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the OHCHR continues its mission to “[represent] the world’s commitment to universal ideals of human dignity.” This Dec. 7-8, the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) invites all Baptists to […] Read More

Human rights are commonly understood as fundamental rights to which a person is inherently entitled simply because she or he is a human being. The Baptist World Alliance is promoting Human Rights Day on Dec. 7-8 (depending upon whether they worship on Saturday or Sunday) around the world. The date coincides with the anniversary of […] Read More

“Poverty is the worst environmental pollution,” said Indira Gandhi, prime minister of India at the United Nations Conference on Human Environment in Stockholm in 1972. Since then her statement has been quoted and interpreted by many. What did she mean? Did she mean that the poor are to be blamed in flooding the earth with […] Read More

Baylor Health Care System, now Baylor Scott and White Health (BSWH), addresses local and international human rights issues as part of our corporate responsibility. CEO Joel Allison and our senior executive leadership team led the creation of Faith in Action Initiatives (FIAI) for this very purpose four years ago. Courage and foresight are required for […] Read More

Human rights campaigners in Wales are urging Foreign Secretary William Hague to make a fresh public plea for the return of Shaker Aamer, the last British resident detained in Guantanamo Bay. One of more than 100 detainees on hunger strike at the U.S. base, Aamer has been held for more than 11 years – despite […] Read More

In 2004, the American Red Cross charged the U.S. military with intentionally using psychological and physical coercion tantamount to torture at the U.S. naval base in Guantánamo (Gitmo). Prisoners there were: chained in uncomfortable positions for up to 24 hours and left to urinate or defecate on themselves, sexually abused by female interrogators, given forced […] Read More

The Baptist World Alliance (BWA) will participate in a review of Pakistan’s human rights record at an upcoming meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC). The HRC’s second Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Pakistan takes place in Geneva, Switzerland, on Oct. 30. As a nongovernmental organization (NGO) in Consultative Status with the U.N., […] Read More

Edgar Palacios of El Salvador received the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) Denton and Janice Lotz Human Rights Award during a meeting of the General Council in Chile on July 6. The council forms part of the BWA annual gathering that was held from July 2-7 in Santiago. Palacios was hailed as a pastor and leader, […] Read More

Editor’s note: This is the second of a two-part excerpt of a presentation made at the annual gathering of the Baptist World Alliance in Santiago, Chile. Read the first part here. We need to know that Germans were not aware that human rights were the product of Baptists on biblical grounds in the 17th century. […] Read More