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Colombian human rights advocates engage in strategic talks in the US

In a recent visit to the United States, a group of four laureates of the National Human Rights Award in Colombia” engaged in meetings in Washington and New York City with government officials, diplomats, and United Nations (UN) representatives. They spoke of the deterioration of the peace process in the country and the importance of international solidarity.

WCC urges United States government to recognize Armenian Genocide

“Recognition of the Armenian Genocide is a matter of fundamental principle, an essential step towards healing, reconciliation and reparation, and – most importantly – a vital measure for the prevention of genocide today and in the future,” wrote Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca, acting general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC) in a letter to United States President Joe Biden on 21 April.

US House panel advances historic effort to pay reparations to descendants of slaves

A House panel in the United States Congress advanced a decades-long effort to pay reparations to the descendants of slaves by approving legislation, commonly referred to as H.R. 40, on 15 April that would create a commission to study the issue. The “40” refers to the failed government effort to provide 40 acres (16 hectares) of land to newly freed slaves as the Civil War drew to a close.

It's the first time the House Judiciary Committee has acted on the legislation.

U.S. veterans work for peace on divided Korean peninsula

Throughout 2020, the World Council of Churches (WCC), together with the National Council of Churches in Korea, has been observing a Global Prayer Campaign,“We Pray, Peace Now, End the War.” As part of the campaign, the WCC is sharing personal stories and interviews that inspire others to work for peace. The story below features the perspective of U.S. war veterans, all of whom are also featured in video interviews.

Los veteranos estadounidenses trabajan por la paz en la península coreana dividida

A lo largo de 2020, el Consejo Mundial de Iglesias (CMI) y el Consejo Nacional de Iglesias de Corea han seguido la campaña mundial de oración “We pray, Peace Now, End the War” (Oramos: paz ahora, fin a la guerra). En el marco de esa campaña, el CMI difunde historias personales y entrevistas que sirven de inspiración para trabajar por la paz. La historia que se presenta a continuación refleja la perspectiva de los veteranos de guerra estadounidenses, quienes aparecen también en las entrevistas que muestran los videos.

Joint message calls for healing wounds and a shared future for the Korean Peninsula

A Joint Ecumenical Peace Message for the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the start of the Korean War was publicly delivered on 22 June during a live-streamed event. Co-sponsored by churches and councils of churches around the world, especially from countries that participated in the Korean War, the message describes the Korean War as an “appallingly destructive conflict” after which no peace treaty was ever concluded.

Un mensaje conjunto insta a la sanación de las heridas y un futuro común para la península de Corea

El Mensaje Ecuménico Conjunto por la Paz con motivo del 70º aniversario del comienzo de la guerra de Corea fue comunicado públicamente el 22 de junio durante un acontecimiento retransmitido en directo. El mensaje, copatrocinado por iglesias y consejos de iglesias del mundo entero, y en particular de países que participaron en la guerra de Corea, describe esa guerra como “un conflicto terriblemente destructivo” después del cual nunca se firmó un tratado de paz.