|Thursday, 13 October 2011 19:22|
St. Athanasius Charitable Society (SACS) is a Christian, human rights organization dedicated to the following missions:
(1) Advocate on behalf of all those who are in chains for their faith (across all confessional lines) as well as all other prisoners of conscience in Eritrea. The basis for our advocacy work is the biblical injunctions to: “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute; speak up and defend the rights of the poor and needy” (Prov. 31:8-9). “Remember those who are in prison as if you were their fellow prisoner. Remember those who are suffering as you were suffering with them” (Heb. 13:3).
(2) Advance the cause of religious freedom in Eritrea on the basis of (a) Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states: "Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; (b) Article 19.4 of the Constitution of Eritrea, which reads: “Every person shall have the freedom to practice any religion and to manifest such practice.”
We believe that religious freedom is truly the “first liberty”. And as such, when this foundational liberty is denied, violated or infringed upon, there can be no freedom of assembly, press or speech.
(3) Assist those who are suffering hardships as a result of their persecution. This important work is grounded on the principles laid down in James 2:15-16 – “Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him ‘Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?”
SACS works to accomplish its missions through the cooperative work with its network of partners. These include individuals, churches and non-governmental organizations with which it shares common goals and concerns.