2018 annual Baptist World Alliance resolution: enforcement of Lugansk People’s Republic law threatens the futures of 43 Baptist churches in the area

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WordandWay.org By Tony Cartledge

The annual gathering of the Baptist World Alliance in Zurich, Switzerland, on July 2-6 attracted 320 people from 46 nations and 51 member bodies, representing almost 48 million Baptists worldwide.

Advocating for religious liberty in eastern Ukraine, protecting women and girls, and keeping immigrant families together were the focus of resolutions approved by the Baptist World Alliance General Council.

Religious Liberty in Eastern Ukraine

The first resolution expressed concern about the curbing of religious freedom in an occupied area of the Lugansk region in eastern Ukraine, where Russian forces have taken control of the area and abetted its reorganization as the “Lugansk People’s Republic” (LPR).

The “Resolution on the Freedom of Religion in the Lugansk Region in Eastern Ukraine” notes that a new law imposed by the LPR requires that “all religious organizations within the LPR, except the Moscow Patriarchate of the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC), must now prove their loyalty to LPR authorities through a re-registration procedure in order to maintain their legal status,” as well as “to report in detail their activities.”

The statement observes that the law “violates universal human rights, restricts religious freedom, and threatens the existence of existing religious groups and organizational networks,” which violates several articles of international law. Enforcement of the law threatens the futures of 43 Baptist churches in the area.

“All people are created in God’s image and endowed with freedom to worship and practice their religion according to the dictates of their own hearts,” the resolution states, urging the Lugansk Peoples Republic “to change the law in order to make it compatible with Freedom of Religion or Belief as stated in the international declarations, conventions and agreements.”

The resolution further calls upon the UN special rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief to gather information, visit the region, and pressure LPR authorities to bring the law in line with international standards.

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    • В. Ясеневий | 16 July 2018, 06:21

      Браво, п. Ольга! От якби так правильно розуміли це всі єпископи наших традиційних Церков і відповідно діяли б. А то скільки пасивності у них було до цього надважливого питання за всі роки нашої

    • Mauricio | 14 July 2018, 16:37

      moscow, russia, putin .... same rubbish. As their vessel sinks, they want their neighbours to sink with them. They better worry about china who hast taken vast lands in siberia and eastern russia.

    • В. Ясеневий | 14 July 2018, 12:52

      Десь пропали відомі Михаил і Н. Григорьев. А може вже покинули ненависну їм Україну і спасаються в свїй любій благоддатній расеї?

    • В. Ясеневий | 14 July 2018, 12:38

      І чи обов'язково є Христос там, де є Папа? До 1054 року без найменшого сумніву Ісус був "біля Папи". А після??? Не знаю. Правда в наш час картина повністю змінилася.

    • Fr. Valerii | 14 July 2018, 11:49

      Папа не може бути неправдивим. Є три опції: 1) Папа, 2) Антипапа, 3) Седе Ваканте.

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