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For immediate release: 04 June 2010
The WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit meeting with the Rev. Dr Young-Hoon Lee, Senior Pastor of the Yoido Full Gospel Church, South Korea.
The Rev. Dr Young-Hoon Lee, Senior Pastor of the Yoido Full Gospel Church has reaffirmed his church’s commitment to support the World Council of Churches(WCC) 10th Assembly, which will take place in Busan, Korea, in 2013.
Meeting with the WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit at the Edinburgh 2010 conference, Lee said the Yoido Full Gospel Church is very interested and keen to be involved with the upcoming WCC Assembly. “The WCC can expect to receive full support of the Pentecostal church inKorea for the 10th Assembly”, Lee told Tveit.
With about 830,000 members, the Yoido Full Gospel Church, located in Seoul, is considered the largest Pentecostal congregation in South Korea. Lee currently serves as its Senior Pastor and as the General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God in Korea, to which his church belongs. Through its membership in the National Council of Churches in Korea, the Assemblies of God have from the outset supported the choice of Korea as venue for the 10th WCC Assembly.
“We are grateful for the prospect of a fruitful cooperation of the Yoido Full Gospel Church with our member churches in Korea around the 10th WCC Assembly in Busan”, said Tveit. “The support of the Yoido Full Gospel Church highlights the significance of having a WCC Assembly in the Korean peninsula”, he added.
For Tveit, “the perspective of the Yoido Full Gospel Church contributing to the WCC Assembly opens up new possibilities for the call to work for Christian unity, even beyond the fellowship of WCC member churches”.
Both Lee and Tveit are participating in the 2-6 June Edinburgh 2010 conference, together with some 300 delegates from over 60 countries and virtually all Christian traditions. The event commemorates the historic 1910 World Mission Conference which took place in the Scottish capital hundred years ago and seeks to provide new perspectives on Christian mission for the 21st century.
The WCC supports the Edinburgh 2010 conference, together with partners in theecumenical movement, within and beyond the WCC fellowship.
The World Council of Churches promotes Christian unity in faith, witness and service for a just and peaceful world. An ecumenical fellowship of churches founded in 1948, today the WCC brings together 349 Protestant, Orthodox, Anglican and other churches representing more than 560 million Christians in over 110 countries, and works cooperatively with the Roman Catholic Church. The WCC general secretary is Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, from the [Lutheran] Church of Norway. Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland.
For immediate release: 04 June 2010Deep concern over the recent death of Floribert Chebeya Bahizire and the “increased oppression against Congolese human rights defenders” during the past year was expressed by the general secretary of the World Council of Churches(WCC) in a letter to the president of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on 4 June.
Chebeya was the executive director of La Voix des Sans-Voix (Voice of the Voiceless), one of the DRC’s most important human rights organizations.
Chebeya’s body was found in his car Wednesday morning. He had been called to a meeting with the national police chief, which did not take place, the previous night. His driver is missing since then.
WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit urged the DRC government “to act as agents of the rule of law” and added: “The government has a responsibility to respect, protect and fulfil the human rights of its citizens and should demonstrate this respect by conducting a full, open and transparent investigation into the death of Mr Floribert Chebeya Bahizire and the fate of his driver, Mr Fidele Bazana Edadi.”
Speaking at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, UN investigator Philip Alston said the circumstances of the death “strongly suggested official responsibility”. The DRC government has ordered an inquiry into the death.
La Voix des Sans-Voix is part of the WCC human rights defenders network in Africa. Chebeya was a member of the planning committee of a human rights workshop that the WCC and other Christian organizations held in Kinshasa last April. At the ecumenical workshop, Congolese church leaders committed themselves to promote respect for human dignity and fundamental human rights.