In keeping with our commitment human rights and human dignity, we focus on advocacy efforts on:
LWF participation in the 2012 UNHCR's Dialogue on Faith and Protection offered an example of the potential for our advocacy. The dialogue brought together faith leaders to consider what faith says about protection of refugees and other forced migrants. We are representing the Christian voice in the dialogue’s follow-up.
OIAHR coordinates LWF public policy development and orchestrates its advocacy. We represent the LWF and undertake advocacy on behalf of the communion in the United Nations and other international forums. We act as a focal point on international affairs and human rights for staff, member churches, and partners.
Our member churches have a fundamental concern for the vulnerable and oppressed. They are witness to, and sometimes their members are victims of, violence, injustice and exclusion in many parts of the world. Their members suffer along with the communities in which they minister. As churches they are called to respond to such situations with God’s message of love, peace and reconciliation.
Our World Service country and regional programs serve vulnerable people, without discrimination. They are witness to situations of injustice and use a rights-based approach.
We are one of UNHCR’s oldest and largest implementing partners. We work with UNHCR to improve humanitarian policy and practice.
As an accredited non-governmental organization (NGO), we have the opportunity to bring matters of human rights concern to the UN.
We hold a priority relationship with this body.
We coordinate our advocacy efforts especially closely with the World Council of Churches, ACT Alliance, and the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance.
The Office for International Affairs and Human Rights provides advice for the Department for World Service, and for the regional area secretaries in the Department for Mission and Development.