World Council of Churches reaffirms UN declaration on human rights

By agency reporter
December 11, 2018

The 70th anniversary of the World Council of Churches (WCC) in 2018 coincides with the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).

Recalling the historic role of the WCC in formulating “this foundational instrument of modern international human rights law,” the organisation's statement forcefully reasserts its crucial, indeed indispensable character and import, especially at a time when human rights are increasingly in jeopardy, the report says, even in states and regions where they were previously acknowledged.

The WCC, it says, “strongly reaffirms the commitment of the WCC to the principles of human rights and to the commitments expressed in international human rights law as codified in the UDHR and the family of international human rights treaties.”

Nor is religious commitment to human rights an arbitrary cultural or ideological preference; it is rooted, the statement says, in core biblical and Christian convictions. “All human beings are created in the image of God, equal, and infinitely precious in God’s sight and ours.” Further, it states, “Jesus Christ has bound us to one another by his life, death and resurrection, so that what concerns one concerns us all.”

* Read the WCC statement on the Universal Statement of Human Rights here

* The World Council of Churches promotes Christian unity in faith, witness and service for a just and peaceful world. An ecumenical fellowship of churches founded in 1948, by the end of 2012 the WCC had 345 member churches representing more than 500 million Christians from Protestant, Orthodox, Anglican and other traditions in over 110 countries. The WCC works cooperatively with the Roman Catholic Church.

* World Council of Churches http://www.oikoumene.org/en

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