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Role of churches vital

Ropate Valemei
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

CHURCHES in all faith communities have a role to play in the migration process.

However, in order to allow all faith communities to play this important role, Pacific Conference of Churches (PCC) climate change campaign officer Peter Emberson says states will have to get correct legislation on migration and other important factors such as religious freedom.

"Churches play active parts of the society similar to other social actors. Churches also act as faith community," Mr Emberson said.

"Churches have the responsibility to defend migrants and refugees rights."

Speaking at the PCC workshop on climate change and relocation workshop at Novotel in Lami yesterday, Mr Emberson said churches were, therefore, part of civil society.

"They must involve in the advocacy for the respect of human rights and the dignity of all human beings."

He said balance must be found between the need of all faith communities.


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