Ouagadougou, 06 December, 2019 / 2:50 am (ACI Africa).
The Commission for Justice and Peace (CJP) under the Episcopal Conference of Burkina Faso and Niger has taken the firm commitment of defending the rights of the poor and oppressed by promoting unity and solidarity amongst the population against the backdrop of increased cases of terrorist attacks targeting Christians including those gathered for worship.
"Several times, in our continent in particular, there are situations where unfortunately innocent people are crushed, their rights are violated. This commission wants to be the voice of the voiceless. She wants to speak for the weak,” Bishop Alexandre Yikyi Bazié, Auxiliary Bishop of Koudougou told guests at the inauguration of the new headquarters of CJP in Burkina Faso Tuesday, December 3.
“We are committed to working together, united and responsible, with all the institutions that are working in this direction. Together, we want to revitalize the process, because today Burkina Faso needs it more than ever,” the Bishop who heads the Episcopal Commission for Justice and Peace added.
During the event, the Burkinabe Prelate emphasized the valued of having a multi-agency approach spearheaded by the Church in safeguarding the rights of all people saying, “This cooperation could also take place within the Church through the creation of a commission for conflict prevention and management and a science laboratory for truth and peace education.”
Burkina Faso’s CJP became autonomous in 2003 after years of being part of the Catholic Organization for Development and Solidarity (OCADES).