Freedom and Justice

Through the Division on Freedom and Justice, the Baptist World Alliance promotes respect for human rights, especially religious liberty, and justice in human affairs as values that are grounded in Scripture and in the faith of the church.


April 26,2014: The Commission on Peace has had to say goodbye to one of its own. Baptist Ethicist and BWA Human Rights Award recipient Dr. Glen Stassen has gone to be with the Lord. An active member of the Commission on Peace, Dr. Stassen made a great difference in the lives of many around the world, and we express our sadness at his passing, as well as deep gratitude for what he represented to all of us. Though the world has lost an invaluable person, his memory and the work he has done for peace and justice as a committed Christian and Baptist will remain with us. He was one of those few scholars who managed so well to combine theory and praxis, and at the end of the day, his legacy will not allow us to rest. As we remember him, let us be inspired and challenged to carry on his legacy and work even harder and more diligently for peace and equality throughout the world.

We thank members such as Dan Buttry, who have published tributes about this brilliant man.

Prayer Requests

  • Aasia Bibi & Savan Masih – These two Pakistani Christians have been charged with blasphemy and are currently imprisoned. Bibi has been in prison since 2009 following a conviction for defiling the name of the prophet Muhammad during a dispute with a Muslim coworker, which she denies. She was sentenced to death and has been waiting for the court to hear her appeal. Salmaan Taseer, Governor of Punjab; and Shahbaz Bhatti, a Christian minister, were both killed for supporting Bibi and for demanding a change to the current blasphemy laws of the country. Accustations of blasphemy against Savan Masih were made in connection with the anti-Christian riot in Joseph Colony, Lahore, last year. Please pray for the lives of Aasia Bibi and Savan Masih in light of upcoming court hearings, as well as for Pakistan in general, as there are continued attacks against religious minorities.

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  • The BWA is a non-governmental organization in consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council and a member of the Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations. 

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