The WEA asks people of goodwill to encourage all leaders to respect the human rights of their people

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February 27, 2011

As the violence continues in Libya and other parts of the Middle East, the WEA pleads with Christians globally to continue to pray earnestly for the region.

The WEA is deeply saddened by the loss of life in the region as a whole, and pleads with all those who exercise power over others not to abuse that power and not to take one more life. 

Young, educated, information-aware populations all over the region are demonstrating that injustices and corruption, with resultant poverty among so many ordinary people, cannot continue unchecked. 

The citizens of each nation, including the Christians, have the energy, passion and vision to build a better future. The revolution in Egypt, for example, was a pluralistic popular revolution that united Muslim and Christian, and every strata of society. 

Every nation in the region counts the followers of Jesus among their peoples - together they are deeply committed to the welfare of their nations and are eager to play their full part in shaping their countries’ future health. 

The WEA asks people of goodwill to encourage all leaders in the region (old and new) to respect the human rights of all their people. There should not be any second-class citizens anywhere – because each individual is carefully created by God and therefore very valuable in His sight. 

WEA further calls on leaders to place Freedom of Religion and Belief at the centre of their political agendas. This freedom (as enshrined in the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 18) incorporates freedoms of association, speech, expression, conscience, and the freedom to change religion or belief.  

It is therefore a litmus test of the health of a society. 

The future of the region is very uncertain – but contains potential for great good. The WEA asks for global prayer 

  • For wisdom for all leaders in the region (political, religious, military, Christian, Muslim, and Secular) to make wise choices which benefit all the peoples of the region.
  • that Christians in the Middle East would continue to radiate light, and bring hope to the region

The World Evangelical Alliance is made up of 128 national evangelical alliances located in 7 regions and 104 associate member organizations and global networks. The WEA is the world's largest association of evangelical Christians serving a constituency of 600 million people. The WEA is a voice to governments, media, and other faith communities and holds consultative status at the United Nations.