D024 (Conditioning U.S. Military Assistance on Human Rights)

House of Bishops Message #335

The House of Bishops informs the House of Deputies that on Jul 10, 2022 it considered resolution D024 (Conditioning U.S. Military Assistance on Human Rights). The house acted to:


Resolved, the House of Bishops concurring,

That the Episcopal Church reaffirm its longstanding commitment to supporting human rights in our own countries and around the world, and to ensuring that U.S. military assistance and arms sales not be used to perpetuate conflict, violate human rights, or contribute to corruption, instability, or violence; and be it further

Resolved, that the Episcopal Church’s Office of Government Relations and Episcopal Public Policy Network support policies to oppose U.S. government military assistance, including the sale or provision of arms and related technologies such as surveillance equipment, to countries that have demonstrated well-documented, persistent, and egregious human rights abuses or severe corruption contributing to instability and conflict, and work to ensure that the United States government is not playing a role in furthering violent conflicts.