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Cease Support of Government in Violation of Human Rights in Central America and Elsewhere1983 General Resolution

WHEREAS, the Unitarian Universalist Association has maintained a traditional role as a vigorous supporter of human rights; and

WHEREAS, the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee has been historically involved in promoting social change and assisting economic development in El Salvador and other areas in Central America; and

WHEREAS, the UUSC has made the UUA aware that widespread torture and massacres in El Salvador and Guatemala by local government forces continue, in apparent violation of human rights requirements mandated by the United States Congress;

BE IT RESOLVED: That the 1983 General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association calls on the United States Congress to uphold its own human rights requirements concerning United States foreign aid to Central America and elsewhere by investigating whether the executive branch is in compliance with said requirements; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That pending resolution of such serious compliance issues, this Assembly urges an immediate end to United States government support of the current regressive regimes of El Salvador and Guatemala and elsewhere and urges an end to the United States Military Advisor Program in El Salvador, and covert United States support and operations in the region; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That this Assembly urges the UUA Washington Office and individual members of the UU churches and fellowships to bring this resolution to the attention of members of Congress and the President of the United States; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That, in order to help effect substantial changes in the U.S. foreign policy towards Central America, we, the 1983 General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association, support and encourage those societies which give sanctuary to Salvadoran and Guatemalan refugees and recommend to all our societies a serious searching of conscience on this issue.