1977 General Resolution

WHEREAS, in May of 1977, a Unitarian Universalist Service Committee investigation revealed evidence of gross violations of human rights by the government of El Salvador, including mass killings of civilians, widespread electoral fraud, arbitrary arrest and detention, religious persecution, torture and assassination; and

WHEREAS, the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee has worked for over three years to assist Salvadoreans to participate more fully in the decisions that affect their lives; and

WHEREAS, the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee has, in General Assembly resolutions in 1965 and 1972, supported United States endorsement of United Nations human rights covenants and their underlying principles; and

WHEREAS, the economic and political policies of the United States have frequently strengthened and perpetuated repressive governments throughout the developing world;

BE IT RESOLVED: That the 1977 General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association join with the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee in petitioning the United States executive and legislative branches to:

  1. Cease all military and economic assistance to El Salvador with the exception of aid which is clearly humanitarian in nature and beneficial to the poorest sectors of the population;
  2. Add El Salvador to the State Department list of nations violating basic human rights; and
  3. Instruct the United States delegates to the United Nations and all international lending organizations to disapprove credit applications from El Salvador so long as human rights violations continue.

For more information contact socialjustice@uua.org.

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