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PRESS RELEASE NO. 36
LWF Tenth Assembly
Urges US Government to Respect Human Rights Laws
of United States’ Policies Not Clear
WINNIPEG, Canada, 31 July
2003 - The Tenth Assembly of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF)
taking place here asked the United States government to respect
internationally-recognized human rights laws.
"Aware of the threats
posed by terrorist acts, the Assembly affirms international
policies, which seek human security through international
cooperation and common security," said the Assembly in a public
statement July 30.
The Assembly expressed
deep concern about the direction of a number of US government
It pointed out the US
refusal to ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the
conditioning of support for HIV/AIDS programs in severely affected
countries on their acceptance of genetically modified organisms (GMO),
refusal to ratify the Convention on the Elimination of
Discrimination Against Women, and the adoption of a
"pre-emptive war" doctrine.
The Assembly emphasized
the Kyoto protocol saying the US had failed to ratify it in
accordance with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate
world, human beings are suffering from dried-out land, storms and
floods as a result of climate change. Also eco-systems with their
species are threatened because of these changes. These effects are
increasing and need to be dealt with very seriously and
instantly," the statement said.
The Assembly cited carbon dioxide as
one of the most common greenhouse gases which affects the earth.
"Further, this will have the effects of increasing and
decreasing the amount of rainfall in different areas, heavy storms
will be more common and there will be a risk of changes in the ocean
currents. These effects are of course affecting nature, including
humankind," the statement further noted. It added, "The
United States of America is one of the largest contributors of
carbon dioxide emission in the world."
The Assembly called on the
US government to ratify the Kyoto protocol and to seriously work
with decreasing the country’s carbon dioxide emissions.
The Kyoto protocol is a
document prepared by the United Nations and its member nations. The
protocol, a commitment to decrease levels of greenhouse gas
emissions, was an outcome of a meeting of more than 160 nations
which met in Kyoto in 1997 to continue the work with the Convention
on Climate Change from 1992.
Assembly of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) is taking place
21-31 July 2003 in Winnipeg, Canada, under the theme "For the
Healing of the World." It is being hosted by the Evangelical
Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC).
There are around 820 men, women and youth participants in the Tenth
Assembly including 380 delegates from the
133 churches with full membership and three associate members. The Assembly is the highest
decision-making body of the LWF, and meets normally every six years.
Between Assemblies, the LWF is governed by its Council that meets
annually, and by its Executive Committee.
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