Our biased brand of human rights

 

 

 

 

“If the world hates you, know that it hated me before it hated you.”—2 Timothy 3:12

 

 

It was 68 years ago when the Universal Declaration of Human Rights codified human rights to be the very foundation of freedom, justice and peace in this broken world.

Where do we stand as a Church of the Poor?

We have evil structures murdering our brethren day by day. The Church cannot just be silent—or become an accomplice of the powerful.  We continue to side with the most vulnerable because they are the ones most troubled by the grave imbalance under this complexity. What for is the slogan of human rights if it does not serve the least of the people of God against insatiable kings and rulers?

On the 68th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines-Northern Mindanao Sub-Region (RMP-NMR) Inc proclaims again our bias for the human rights of the rural poor and others who are in the margins of society.

We are for the rights of the poor tenants against the greed of their hostile land proprietors; for the small fisherfolk against industrial fishing ; for the agricultural workers against corporate plantations; for our indigenous brethren against rapacious capitalism.

The world may hate us, but to be the endless oasis of hope for the least of our brethren is our sacred duty as a Church of the Poor.

 

10 December 2016