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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.

WCC embarks on a major shift in its organizational culture and ethos

Reaching decisions by consensus, a major shift in the culture and ethos of the World Council of Churches (WCC), will be at the centre of the upcoming meeting of its Central Committee, which will take place 15-22 February in Geneva.

Lenten Fast from Violence: Biblical and educational resource guides available

Lent provides an important opportunity to focus on the challenges of working together to overcome the violence in our culture. The US Committee for the Decade to Overcome Violence (DOV) invites Christians to enter into the Lenten season with a focus on the growing violence in our world and the need for peace and reconciliation.

WCC partners announce plans for a new global alliance against poverty and injustice

Ecumenical agencies and churches working in the field of relief and development have called for the creation of a new international alliance of church-related organizations to address issues of poverty and injustice, provisionally named "ACT Global".

TV documentary on debt and global campaign on trade launched at WSF

The launch of an ecumenically-sponsored TV documentary on illegitimate debt and a call to take part in a Global Week of Action on Trade next April were among the highlights of a seminar on "Moving further on illegitimate debt" held during the fifth World Social Forum in Porto Alegre on 30 January 2005.