Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Article 1 All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should interact towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
Article 2 Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.
Furthermore no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignity.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights jointly was passed by the General Assembly of the United Nations on 10 December 1948, and is considered as explicit commitment to the Human Rights since.
In a globalized world, this commitment is more important than ever since. For this reason, we must not look away, when in a country like Burma peaceful protesters and Buddhist monks are killed or arrested ruthlessly.
The Burmese people are being repressed by a dictatorial military regime for more than over 45 years. Legal opposition is de facto eliminated, all media is state-controlled and censored, and the human beings – abused as forced labourers – live at or below the poverty level. Due to these facts, it is not surprising, that monks wanted to express their protest against the rise of fuel prices a few weeks ago.
Although the military tried to cut off any information from and to foreign countries by all means, proof of its cruelties reached the international community. In spite of the danger of being arrested and displaced, brave Burmese risked their lives to inform about the incidents in their country.
However, economic interests of individual member states prevent the condemnation of the violence and the suppression by the United Nations.
With this international action we want to give a signal!
We detest the violence and the terrorism in Burma.
We support all those being suppressed because of exercising their right to freedom of expression and opinion, and we solidarise with the people demonstrating for their rights.
We urge the United Nations to condemn the violence in Burma.
We demand freedom and peace for Burma.