Book of Resolutions: Violence Against Children in Latin America
WHEREAS, millions of children in Latin America and the Caribbean struggle daily to survive in the midst of violence:
- the violence of armed conflict;
- the violence of scarce resources taken from children's health and educational needs to support inordinately large military budgets;
- the violence of poverty linked to the massive external debt burdening every nation of the region;
- the violence of hunger;
- the culture of violence permeating television and other mass media;
- widespread domestic violence;
- ecological violence that is destroying and polluting the natural world and all live creatures;
- the violence of HIV-Aids, with the second highest incidence in the world in many Caribbean nations, destroying children's lives from birth;
- the violence of very high infant mortality.
Therefore, be it resolved, that the General Commission on Religion and Race endorses MARCHA's petition to the 2004 General Conference to establish a special program to address, in cooperation with the member churches of CIEMAL, the grave crisis of children struggling to survive in the midst of violence and poverty by communicating this concern to the Council of Bishops and be referred to the General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM) and the General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) for the implementation of a program.
Resolution #324, 2004 Book of Resolutions
See Social Principles, ¶¶ 162C, 164A, and 165.
From The Book of Resolutions of The United Methodist Church - 2008. Copyright © 2008 by The United Methodist Publishing House. Used by permission.