Churches’ response to uphold human dignity

The aim of this activity is to support the churches to defend human dignity, overcome impunity, achieve accountability and reconciliation and build just and peace relations by addressing human rights from an ethical and theological perspective. This can be achieved by different means, which in each occasion may be deemed appropriate; Regional Workshops and/or Consultations can assist churches and ecumenical partners to get a better grasp of the current challenges within the existing international human rights protection mechanisms and reflect on possible ways to increase the effectiveness of advocacy efforts on the part of churches and ecumenical organizations. Also field visits and cooperation with other ecumenical organizations can contribute to the strengthening of capacity building activities to ensure respect for the full range of human rights.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

‘WCC - European Commission Project: Support and enable African Human Rights Defenders in using national, regional and international human rights protection’

The aim of this project which is financed mainly by the European Commission is to contribute to the promotion and respect of human rights in civil society and governments in Africa.

Churches need to understand and support the work of Human Right Defenders (HRD), by helping them document violations, by seeking to claim their rights and by contributing to a human rights based law culture in the region.

Through the organization of regional Workshops and Consultations, human rights training and support is provided to African churches and other partners in documenting human rights violations and in using national, regional and international human rights protection systems. Churches learn how to cooperate most efficiently with human right defenders with a view to enhance the promotion and protection of human rights in their respective countries. 

Within this context, a five-day Workshop on human rights took place in the DRC capital city Kinshasa, 13-17 April. For more information click here: