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3.6 Struggling for justice and human dignity -- 0. Introduction


1. Since the Fifth Assembly of the World Council of Churches (Nairobi 1975), churches and the ecumenical movement have made substantial progress in their commitment to justice. They have deepened and broadened their struggle for the human dignity of peoples all over the world.

2. Significantly, the poor, the oppressed and the discriminated peoples are awakening everywhere to resist unjust powers and to forge their own destiny. This is a sign of life.

3. At the same time, the powers of injustice and of oppression attempt to absolutize and to defend their security through ideological and religious justification.

4. A new context emerges, therefore, in which the people strive for justice and human rights in various areas of their lives.


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