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Indonesian province of Papua main focus of WCC work at 2005 UNCHR session

The economic, social and cultural rights of the Papuan people will be the main focus of the World Council of Churches' (WCC) involvement in this year's 61st session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR).

Human rights in Iraq: Humanitarian law and human rights experts to examine role of UN and international community

A seminar on the responsibility of the UN for human rights in Iraq, to be held at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva on Tuesday 22 March 2005 (13:00-16:00), will focus on the norms and principles that should apply to the situation in Iraq, and facilitate a dialogue on the responsibilities of the international community and UN human rights machinery.

In Denmark, Kobia helps in record appeal for Africa

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March 2005

WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia visits WCC member churches in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Meetings with WCC members and partners, church leaders and government representatives are scheduled for all three countries.

Ecumenical accompaniers in Israel and Palestine: working to reduce violence, improve people's lives

A new group of 12 "ecumenical accompaniers" last week joined four others staying on in Israel and Palestine from previous groups within the framework of the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI). The new arrivals bring the total number of ecumenical accompaniers now on the ground to 16.

WCC central committee requests legal rights for Guantanamo detainees

The World Council of Churches (WCC) central committee urged the government of the United States "to immediately grant the legal rights accorded to detainees" to "over 600 foreign nationals, mostly Muslims" held at the Guantanamo Bay naval base "without due process and in total violation of the norms and standards of international humanitarian and human rights law".

WCC central committee encourages consideration of economic measures for peace in Israel/Palestine

The World Council of Churches (WCC) central committee reminded the Council's member churches "with investment funds, that they have an opportunity to use those funds responsibly in support of peaceful solutions" to the Israel/Palestine conflict.

WCC Pacific members request solidarity

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Eight new member churches, but total WCC membership only increases by five - to 347

Eight churches - from Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean region - have been received into the fellowship of the World Council of Churches (WCC), but the total number of the Council membership increased only from 342 to 347, since other member churches have either merged or applied for joint membership.

WCC general secretary calls for a return to "constitutional sobriety" in Togo

In solidarity with the churches of Togo, the general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, called today for a return to "constitutional sobriety" in the country, and emphasized the concern of the Council and of churches worldwide provoked by the constitutional crisis in the country.