September 26 2007
North American New Humanists Express Solidarity With The Non-Violent Protests In Burma
The New Humanists of North America view with great concern the situation currently unfolding in Burma. The military regime, which has been in power illegally since 1962, is violently repressing the peaceful demonstrations across the country, shooting and arresting monks and promising “extreme measures”.
It is long past time the Military gave up their hold on power and set in motion a process of power transfer to a democratically elected government.
We fully support the actions of the protesting monks, nuns and other civilians of Burma who are using the tools of active non-violence to achieve social change: the most ethical and morally acceptable form of protest.
We take this occasion to demand the following immediate actions by the Burmese Regime:
· The immediate cessation of repression of the peaceful protests on the streets of Burma
· The announcement of plans to restore a democratic process in the country within the shortest possible time frame
· The immediate release of all political prisoners, especially the pro-democracy campaign leader, Aun Sang Suu Kyi who has been under house arrest for years and in recent days has been transferred to a secure prison.
Internationally, we call on:
· The United Nations to take all possible steps to pressure the regime in Burma to relinquish power
· The governments of China and Russia, most notably, to stop showing implicit support to the Burmese regime by preventing the UN Security Council from taking resolutions critical of the Burmese Military, considering their own economic and political interests ahead of the interests of the people of Burma who are suffering terrible abuse.
This coming 2nd of October marks the International Day of Nonviolence as adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations earlier in the year. We take this opportunity therefore to proclaim the historical examples of Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King and the modern example of Mario Rodriguez Cobos, Silo, and promote active nonviolence as the only coherent way to achieve social change: change that is required to eliminate violence in all its forms from human society.
Humanism and Antihumanism