Religious Liberty Commission (RLC)

Rev. Godfrey Yogarajah (Executive Director, WEA Religious Liberty Commission)

The Religious Liberty Commission is monitoring the religious liberty situation in more than 100 nations, defending persecuted Christians, informing the global church, challenging the Church to pray( www.idop.org ) and giving all possible assistance to those who are suffering. The Commission also makes fact finding trips and meets with governments and ambassadors speaking up for the suffering brothers and sisters. At the United Nations the Commission reports about the situation and arranges pecial hearings with Christians from countries under pressure.

Purpose

The purpose of the World Evangelical Alliance Religious Liberty Commission (RLC) is to promote freedom of religion for all people worldwide as defined by Article 18 of the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights, and in accordance with Scripture. Our aim is to help all people, but especially Protestant Christians, to exercise their faith without oppression or discrimination. Because the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) represents some 600 million Christians in 128 countries, it is both an effective and influential global network.

In particular, the WEA-RLC will seek to protect the freedom of Evangelicals by monitoring religious liberty, responding to infringements of religious liberty and promoting the need for constant vigilance in maintaining religious liberty. Our specific approach to mission is based upon the initial developmental process from 1988-92. The RLC is one of several commissions of the World Evangelical Alliance.

The Religious Liberty Commission has 13 members, with three special advisors and nine political advisors. The chairman is Mr. John Langlois, a lawyer from Guernsey UK. The executive director is Godfrey Yogarajah from Sri Lanka.

Results Desired

The results of our policies and activities will be to strengthen the ability of the body of Christ worldwide to express its faith by fostering an environment in which Christians are free to fulfill their biblical mandate, and to equip the church in responding to discrimination, pressure and persecution.

Vision Statement

To serve as a coordinating and networking team
within the international political advocacy community
that can effectively serve evangelicals being persecuted,
harassed and oppressed because of their faith.
We do this primarily by responding to and partnering with
WEA member organizations.

International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church
Learn about and pray for persectued Christians. Visit www.idop.org, www.idop.ca (Canada), www.idop.org.nz (New Zealand), www.each.ch (Switzerland) , www.persecutedchurch.org (USA)

For more information or to find out how you could be involved with RLC, read "How to Stay Informed"

For a fascinating look at the work of the Religious Liberty Commission, see Harold Fuller's book, " People of the Mandate " , chapter 9: 'Faith Without Fear or Favour'

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