Human Rights Day 2013

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Days of Reflection & Celebration:
Saturday, December 7th & Sunday, December 8th 

An Invitation to Observe Human Rights Day on December 7 and 8, 2013

For more than twenty years, the Baptist World Alliance has encouraged Baptist congregations around the world to observe Human Rights Day. The date coincides with the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was adopted on December 10, 1948. This year, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights celebrates its 20th anniversary. So, the theme for Human Rights Day at the UN this year is 20 YEARS: WORKING FOR YOUR RIGHTS, with an emphasis on identifying the challenges that lie ahead.

BWA Human Rights Day will take place on December 8, 2013, or December 7 for churches worshiping on Saturday. This year, we will have two focuses:

  1. The first is in regards to the ongoing situation of violent conflict and human rights violations in Colombia. Click here for more information.                                                                                                                                                     
  2. The second emphasis for this Human Rights Day is a clamor for a “nuclear-free, arms-free world.” Click here for more information.

This December 07/08, you have the chance to bring these two concerns to your local congregation, sharing the plight of our brothers and sisters in Colombia and Japan, praying for them, and raising awareness among your own people about the difficulties they face. The information shared here can spark advocacy initiatives through letters to your own governments, demanding their commitment to address these issues at the international level. Furthermore, your church can write letters of love and solidarity. If you would like to do that, please email it to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , and we will send all the letters we receive to Baptists living in Colombia and in Japan. Feel free to also contact the BWA’s Freedom & Justice Division by phone: +1-703-790-8980 or Fax: 703-893-5160 as well, if you have further questions/comments/ideas or would like to know of other ways that you can be plugged into the Baptist World Alliance®.

We hope to have the greatest amount of Baptists worldwide including the observation of Human Rights Day as part of their Advent celebration. Please utilize the resources on this page to shape your own Human Rights Day Worship Service. If your congregation is going to do this, please let our office know so that we can follow up on your worship experience.  Thank you.

Raimundo Barreto
F&J Director


 "Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."

Nuclear Arms Free World
with a focus on Japan

 

Peace in Colombia

Photo of a weekly log tracking radiation levels around the Koriyama Baptist Church in Japan.
Credit: Rothangliani Chhangte, BWAid Director
 
Photo of BWA delegation and its hosts from the Peace
Commission of the Colombian Evangelical Council visiting the National Center of Historical Memory in Bogota. Behind them you see the monument which remembers the dozens of thousands who died in the conflict, and who have been some times buried anonymously in mass graves.
Credit: Centro de Memoria, Paz y Reconciliación,
Alcaldía Mayor de Bogotá 
     

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United Nations:
20 years defending human rights


                                                                                                         

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                                                                            *Material used with permission from Mennonite Central Committee, Colombia.