Statement on the Baptist World Alliance’s Resolution on Myanmar
July 22, 2022
Ellicott City, Maryland, USA ——-
During its 2022 Annual Gathering in Birmingham, Alabama from July 10-15, 2022, the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) General Council adopted a new resolution
on Myanmar/Burma in response to the Burmese military’s violent suppression of democracy and religious freedom.
The Chin Association of Maryland, Inc. (CAM) issues the following statement:
- CAM welcomes the Baptist World Alliance’s condemnation of Myanmar’s 2021 military coup and support for a democracy that respects the rights of religious and ethnic minorities.
- The BWA General Council’s resolution comes at a time of increasing military persecution of the Chin Christian minority. CAM extends special thanks to Rev. Dr. Roy Medley, General Secretary Emeritus of America Baptist Churches USA and CAM board advisor, for proposing and drafting this statement with input from CAM Executive Director Zo Tum Hmung.
- CAM encourages further advocacy in order to put pressure on the U.S. Senate to pass the BURMA Act of 2021 (S.2937).
Zo Tum Hmung previously spoke at the January 2020 BWA Congress in Melbourne, Australia to present on the military’s restrictions against the construction of Christian religious buildings and the printing of Christian religious texts, including the Bible. Mr. Hmung also spoke at the BWA Executive Committee on the invitation of the late Rev. Dr. Denton Lotz, former General Secretary of BWA.
Further information on the Burmese military’s religious persecution of Chin Christians can be found in CAM’s new report, “Seventeen Months After the Military Coup in Myanmar/Burma: Escalating Persecution of Chin Christians in Chin State and Sagaing Region,” released in June 2022.