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Human Rights and War

1980 General Resolution

WHEREAS, the underlying source of the human energy devoted to extreme nationalism and aggressive individual and aggressive national behavior is fear, said fear deriving from the concern of individuals and institutions for their survival; and

WHEREAS, to relieve this fear and associated tensions and war, to improve the climate for peace, and to release energy for the improvement of the human condition throughout the world; and

WHEREAS, in recognition that peace is essential to the end of fear and that peace must be learned, the Congress, in 1978, created the Commission on Proposals for the National Academy of Peace and Conflict Resolution; and

WHEREAS, June 30, 1980 is the deadline for public comments to the above Commission;

BE IT RESOLVED: That the 1980 General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association urge that an international policy be instituted to protect individuals against the extreme abuses of their rights, examples of such extremes being torture and harsh suppression of individual freedoms; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That this Assembly urge the United States and Canada to announce that each country recognizes that recognition of human rights is an important requirement for international peace; that each country will support human rights around the world whenever and wherever possible, including limited withholding of aid from countries adjudged guilty of harsh abuse of human rights, specifically that type of aid used in fear-inducing police operations and other abuses of human rights; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That this Assembly urge the United Nations to recognize the relationship between human rights and tensions which lead to war and revolution and to form an agency which reports upon and protects human rights throughout the world; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That this Assembly demand an end to all United States government programs that train and support repressive regimes in other nations such as El Salvador; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That this Assembly supports the concept of establishing a National Academy of Peace and Conflict Resolution.

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