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World Council of Churches calls on EU to support Human Rights

Posted on: May 1, 2001 11:27 AM
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By Siphiwe Sithole
Intern, Anglican Communion Communications, London

The World Council of Churches (WCC) is calling on the European Union to support the Human Rights Commission resolution, amidst increasing tension and attacks on Palestinian civilians by the Israeli military, in the Middle East.

A member of the International Relations team of the WCC, Salpy Eskidjian, said, "We are gravely concerned with the deepening humanitarian crises and escalation of violence against Palestinian civilians by the Israeli military and settlers". She called on church partners in Europe to contact their governments to support the draft resolution.

In an oral intervention last month, the WCC reiterated that "only after occupation and the accompanying violations of collective human rights end can the Middle East move towards a real peace based on the rule of law and both Israelis and Palestinians be able to walk together along the path of peace, justice and reconciliation".