“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” – Bishop Desmond Tutu
“As we are writing this, bombs are falling over Gaza, where 24 people have just been killed in the past hour only, increasing the numbers of those murdered to 103 (including 27 children) and injuring over 580 and flattening many multi-story buildings to the ground, and wiping out whole families... One soul lost is too many.” – Excerpt of the Statement from the Palestine Youth Ecumenical Movement (PYEM)
World Student Christian Federation
Statement on the Human Rights situation in Colombia
RED ALERT IN COLOMBIA
Buenos Aires / Geneva May 5, 2021
Since April 28, the Colombian people have gone out to the streets in the framework of a National Strike called by various unions and social movements, teachers, students, women, workers, small and medium-sized businesspeople, farmers, indigenous peoples and Afro-descendant communities.
The strike was called with the aim of requiring Iván Duque’s government not to present the tax reform bill in the National Congress. Despite the fact that the government announced that they are going to modify the text of the reform, the Colombian citizens are still on strike saying NO to a health reform that aims to deepen the privatization process of health in Colombia, along with many other discontents for the critical situation in terms of health, poverty, unemployment, hunger and violence that the country has been experiencing for several years and which have worsened with the Covid-19 pandemic. According to DANE1 statistics, 42.5% of the Colombian population lives in poverty.
The Church has celebrated the Easter of our Lord Jesus Christ and we continue in hope, announcing the Good News of the resurrection in our world. The year 2020 and what goes on in 2021 has been a time of great challenges and learning for humanity: a stage of trials, struggles and crisis, in which we should seek the paths of understanding, solidarity and mutual understanding between nations. From the faith that we profess, this is the path that we live and seek: the path of peace and justice that emanate from the Kingdom of God.
The report presented by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor of the United States government on March 30 before the Congress, on alleged violations of human rights in Cuba, once again, ignores the Cuban reality and its history.
These foreign relations policies, of continuity with the past administration, continue to affect mainly Cuban families, but also the American people, and threaten the construction of peaceful and harmonious relations in the region, preventing spaces for mutual understanding and growth.
We, leaders of Faith-Based Organizations (FBOs), councils and alliances of churches at the national, regional and international levels, which develop different cooperation networks among and with organizations and churches in the Republic of Cuba, consider that;
On March 3, 2021, one of the biggest protests in the history of Myanmar took place in different cities of the country and at least 38 protesters were killed, including a 19-year-old young lady named Kyal Sin who was shot to death in Mandalay. Many of the students and young people went to the streets and protested against the military coup. According to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP), more than 400 protesters were arrested in Yangon during the crackdown on March 3. We have been informed that 14 of the students coming from SCM-Yangon Region were arrested and they are not allowed to contact nor see their lawyers and families. The names of the students are listed below:
Date: March 29th 2021
To: WSCF Affiliated and Associated member movements, WSCF General Assembly Delegates, Executive Committee and Regional Committees, WSCF regional secretaries
Re: Extraordinary Virtual General Assembly Announcement and Approval
From: Marcelo Leites – General Secretary WSCF
Dear friends, brothers and sisters
Greetings from the World Student Christian Federation.
The purpose of this letter is to announce an Extraordinary General Assembly that will be held online. This Assembly will not substitute the in-person General Assembly (GA) that will be held in 2022, which was already announced in a previous statement.
The WSCF Executive Committee has decided to hold the Online Extraordinary General Assembly (V-GA) between July 29 and July 31, 2021.
Date: February 04, 2021
To: WSCF Affiliated and Associated member movements, WSCF General Assembly Delegates, Executive Committee and Regional Committees
Re: WSCF 37th GA Postponement Announcement
From: Marcelo Leites – General Secretary WSCF
Dear WSCF Friends,
Greetings from the World Student Christian Federation,
I hope this message finds you and your movements safe and healthy,
The WSCF General Assembly (GA) is the most representative and highest-decision making body of the Federation. As a rule it meets every four years or within a period of six years in case of extraordinary circumstances in order to bring together the Federation’s 108 associated and affiliated member movements from 94 countries.
The purpose of this letter is to inform you that the WSCF Executive Committee (ExCo) decided in December 2020 to postpone the in-person General Assembly that was to be hosted in Berlin in June 2021 to a new date in 2022 maintaining Berlin as the host city.