December 29, 2016, 2:41 PM
We, members of Pax Christi International, the International Catholic peace movement, from different parts of Africa, who came together for the conference under the theme “Nonviolence in Africa: Creating a Future of Hope,” organized by Pax Christ International in Johannesburg, South Africa from 5-9 December 2016, state as follows:
As we dream and work together towards an Africa that is free from violent conflicts, we are confronted with challenges both old and new that demand moral strength, innovative ideas and unbroken determination to build sustainable peace through active nonviolent approaches.
Inspired by Gospel values, the spirit of Ubuntu and the teaching of the Golden Rule, which urges us to treat others the way we would want to be treated…
We recognize that:
Acknowledging our role in promoting a culture of active nonviolence, social justice, peace, reconciliation, healing and forgiveness;
Bearing in mind our commitment to compassionately stand side by side with the vulnerable, marginalized and the voiceless;
Affirming that the life, dignity, rights and well-being of each person should be at the centre of all our work;
Convinced that the basic teaching of all religions includes nonviolence, tolerance and peace;
Taking into consideration the need to challenge hate speech, exclusion, radicalization and violent extremism;
Encouraged by the Africa Union agenda 2063 to silence the guns in Africa by 2020;
Recognizing that good leadership and working partnerships with policy makers and other stakeholders are paramount for our continent…
Affirm that peace and nonviolence is possible when we commit ourselves to be agents of peace for positive change;
Agree to work together to create a better future for this generation and future generations;
Commit our efforts to contribute towards an African continent that is free of corruption, violence and war.
We commit to:
WE CALL UPON:
Our governments and political leaders to respect human rights and to invest in and promote a culture of peace and active nonviolence;
The media to develop peace journalism;
Religious leaders to lift up the vision of nonviolence in their preaching and teaching ministry.
MAY PEACE AND NONVIOLENCE PREVAIL IN AFRICA
Dated this 8th day of December 2016, Johannesburg, South Africa