The Human Rights Commission (HRC) has implored the church to assist the Zambian citizens in understanding their rights by equipping them with the right information.
Speaking during a Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflections (JCTR) organised Human Rights and the Church National Symposium in Lusaka, Human Rights Commission Director Florence Chibwesha said the church is currently faced with a challenge to assist the million of Zambians in growing an awareness of their rights enshrined in the Bill of Rights in the face of persistent inequality and poverty.
Ms Chibwesha explained that this is a big challenge which calls for the safeguarding of the Constitution.
She added that Church has a large constituency at its disposable and therefore would be failing in its noble calling if it did not see its obvious role as a protector and promoter of human rights.
“To be silent is to be part of the perpetuating of gross violations – it should therefore take a stance. The Church has an important role to play then in changing the law and pushing for domestication of international standards as respecting, protecting and promoting of human rights undeniably touches of power structures, which transformation is aided by enshrining the change in laws,” she said.
She added that the task is enormous for any one group or institution as so the Church must continue to strengthen coalitions to be the ‘Voice for the Voiceless’ – ecumenical unity.
And speaking at the same function Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) General Secretary Rev Suzanne Matale the country can be transformed by translating the future we want into the present we need through the Power of the Pulpit, on the streets and everywhere.
And speaking at the same function Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia EFZ Executive Director Rev Pukuta Mwanza said Human rights must be handled cautiously because they should not be an end in themselves, rather, they should be a means to ensuring that godly values and biblical morality is enhanced and human life is protected to the glory of God.