Bishops of the Antilles Episcopal Conference (AEC) have welcomed a call for all leaders to join in addressing crime in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).
“The perspective of and call for all leaders to come together to face this most dangerous social crisis is heartening and encouraging,” the Clergymen noted in a statement.
The statement applauded CARICOM Heads of Government for their April 17-18, 2023, meeting and declaration on crime and violence as a public health issue.
The AEC quoted the declaration as indicating that crime needs ‘a robust regional response that includes a public health approach, which is an all of society strategy including family, church, academia, cultural and sports personalities, minority political parties and wider civil society.’
And the Bishops asked governments in each nation to initiate a multi-sector team with government, opposition, trade union, business, religious leaders, and all civil society to move the declaration into action.
They noted that the multi-sectoral team should facilitate and engage in a series of conversations in the communities where there is the greatest vulnerability to begin understanding the complexity of the issues, thus charting meaningful solutions to all forms of violence.
“We stand ready to work with our leaders to renew our Caribbean peoples,” the AEC statement said.
The Bishops also said they stand ready to work with all society leaders to form people’s consciences and work tirelessly to build character and values.