On International Human Rights Day, WEA Calls for Recommitment to Upholding Human Rights of All


On the anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) urges governments around the world to recommit to upholding the human rights of all. The UDHR is the global standard for human rights around the world since its adoption in 1948. 

“Since its founding in 1846, the WEA has advocated for religious freedom for all and against slavery and all forms of human trafficking and racism,” says Bishop Thomas Schirrmacher, Secretary General of the WEA. “We continue to take a strong stand for human rights around the world.”

“As Christians, we uphold the human rights and human dignity of everyone, particularly the most vulnerable. Minorities, including religious minorities, are frequently marginalized and discriminated against,” comments Janet Epp Buckingham, Director of Global Advocacy for the WEA. “The WEA has offices at the United Nations in New York and Geneva for more than 10 years to be a voice for the voiceless.”

The WEA established offices at the UN in New York and Geneva more than 10 years ago. The office in New York advocates on a wide range of issues, including human rights, particularly religious freedom, women’s equality and human trafficking. It also engages in advocacy on refugees, peace and reconciliation, among other issues. The Geneva office advocates on human rights, particularly to the Human Rights Council, and the more recently established Bonn office focuses on creation care and the environment.

You can learn more about WEA’s UN engagement here.