November has been a big month for Cristosal! On November 21-23, Cristosal hosted a conference in El Salvador bringing together the Council of Human Rights Ombudsmen in Central America, and the region's Anglican and Episcopal Bishops. The purpose of the conference was to recognize the immediate need to address forced displacement by violence, especially the needs of victims.
The conference was an unprecedented action joining civil society, the Church, and government to address this critical issue.
“We are obligated to fight for justice and peace in all communities and respect the dignity of every human being,” said Honduran Bishop Lloyd Allen.
"It’s important not only that the church responds to human need, but that it also works to raise awareness around forced migration,"
said Panamanian Bishop Julio Murray. Bishop Murray also proposed forming a regional Church Council to formally address human rights issues.
The group also agreed on various mechanisms to improve national and regional coordination among civil society organizations, and with the Anglican and Episcopal Churches, to address the needs of victims.
for the full article by Episcopal News Service Journalist Lynette Wilson. Also a special thanks to the Conference's sponsors: the Anglican Alliance, American Friends Service Committee, and Brot für die Welt (Bread for the World).