The World Evangelical Alliance was actively engaged during the 52nd session of the Human Rights Council at the United Nations in Geneva. The session, which began on February 27 and lasted for five weeks, was an opportunity for the WEA to organize a conference on the impact of sanctions on the humanitarian work of the churches, to publicly speak out against the deplorable situation of religious freedom and the rights of religious minorities in Iran, Sudan, Algeria, and India, and also to call on Azerbaijan to cease the blockade of Nagorno-Karabakh and urgently alleviate the suffering of the Armenian population living in that region.
Here is a summary, with the corresponding articles and videos, of all that has been undertaken by our Geneva office during the last few weeks:
Sanctions (Or Unilateral Coercive Measures in UN language) | On March 10, 2023, the World Council of Churches, ACT Alliance, Caritas Internationalis, and WEA published research that provides a systematic overview of the challenges sanctions pose to the humanitarian work of churches and explores pathways for addressing these challenges. The report was launched on the occasion of a side event in conjunction with the 52nd session of the Human Rights Council, in Geneva.
The World Evangelical Alliance | WEA and Partners Highlight Impact of Sanctions on Churches, Launch Impact Assessment Report in Geneva. March 13, 2023.
The World Council of Churches | Report on sanctions impact launched at the UN Human Rights Council. March 10, 2023.
Caritas Internationalis | Humanitarian exemptions are not enough to overcome the impact of sanctions on vulnerable people. March 15, 2023.
Evangelical Focus | Christians denounce sanctions prevented the arrival of aid to Syria after the earthquake, March 17, 2023.
Iran | On March 23, 2023, Christian Solidarity Worldwide, Article 18, Middle East Concern, and Open Doors International launched their fifth joint annual report on Rights Violations Against Christians in Iran. The report was launched during an event in partnership with the WEA, in conjunction with the 52nd session of the Human Rights Council.