A ministry of accompaniment and advocacy with uprooted people upholds the principles of prophetic witness and service - diaconia.
As our understanding of God's love has been illustrated throughout the history of the church by Old Testament stories of exile, so too must the church today receive the word of God through the witness of uprooted people.
Our Christian convictions compel a renewal of church action to uphold life and dignity, to work for justice and peace, and to create community with uprooted people.
Action begins with self-critical review of the successes and failures and a renewal of churches' responses to uprooted people and the causes of their displacement.
Many different organizations are deeply engaged in solidarity with uprooted people; no one sector can respond alone to the systemic causes of uprooting.
Seeking viable solutions to the causes and consequences of uprooted people means also to engage with governments.
We challenge ourselves, the member churches of the World Council of Churches and related ecumenical organizations to join in campaigns to uphold life and dignity, promote justice and peace in our world, and accompany uprooted people.
UPHOLDING LIFE AND HUMAN DIGNITY OF UPROOTED PEOPLE
We challenge member churches to protect and promote respect for all uprooted people: refugees, internally displaced persons and migrants.
* Ensure protection of uprooted women and girls against all forms of violence.
* Advocate for full legal protection of uprooted children and children in armed conflict.
* Challenge government policies which seek to limit protection of uprooted people.
* Advocate at borders, airports, refugee camps where uprooted people are at risk of abuse.
* Utilize the International Convention on the Rights of the Child in ministry and advocacy with uprooted children.
* Participate in efforts to develop international and national mechanisms to provide protection for uprooted people - those internally displaced or who cannot be voluntarily repatriated - not included under existing standards.