Freedom for Patricia Troncoso and for the Mapuche people

Posted by admin on December 15, 2003 under Uncategorized | Comments are off for this article


Chilean Government continues trampling on Human Rights

We want to call international attention to denounce the mistreatment that the Mapuche people are suffering from the Chilean Government and to show solidarity with Patricia Troncoso, a Mapuche woman, and prisoner in a Chilean jail who has spent more than 100 days on hunger strike.

The life of Patricia Troncoso is at serious risk. The Chilean Government could resolve this dramatic situation responding favourably to her two simple demands: to be allowed home on Sunday and transfer to an agricultural penitentiary centre.

The struggle of the Mapuche people is the struggle of all indigenous peoples, it has no artificial administrative borders so their struggle is linked with the recognition that our Latin America is made up of multiple nations and peoples, who over the course of more than 500 years have been discriminated, marginalised and persecuted.

Patricia’s legal process has been full of irregularities: twice she was declared innocent; in spite of this, the Chilean Government used a law created during the Military Dictatorship called the “Anti-terrorist Law” with which they could use anonymous witnesses and who were paid a great deal of money to testify against her.

Patricia and thousands of Mapuche land workers who live in indigenous communities penned in by multinational forestry companies and private estates have seen their most elemental human rights trampled on, suffering persecution, torture, unlawful entry in their homes and provocations by the Chilean armed forces, the police and the ruling legal system.

Patricia’s current state of health is very critical according to the report prepared by a medical team, formed on the expressed request of the Inter American Human Rights Commission. This medical team recommends—among other things—her urgent transfer to a Santiago hospital. However, Patricia remains shackled in her provincial hospital bed, isolated and even denied telephone communication with the Executive Secretary of the Inter American Human Rights Commission.

The behaviour of the Chilean Government against a woman in grave risk and who simply claims justice for herself and her people seems really shameful and unacceptable to us.

We demand an immediate solution to the situation of Patricia Troncoso and the Mapuche people.

We ask for the Chilean President, Michelle Bachelet, to communicate, heart to heart, with the Mapuche people and start a direct dialogue to repair the injustices caused.

Tomás Hirsch
Spokesperson for Humanism in Latin America

Giorgio Schultze
Spokesperson of the European Humanist Forum

The same has been signed by other organisations, among them DEFENSORIA INTERNACIONAL DE LOS DERECHOS DE LOS PUEBLOS (DIDEPU). But, this was a quick action and a comprehensive list of signatories was not collected.

The same text has been sent to the Embassies of Chile in Finland, Sweden and Denmark.

En Castellano: Libertad para Patricia Troncoso y Justicia para el pueblo mapuche

Some pictures of visits to embassies of Chile in Europe

Press about the occupation of the building of International Labor Organisation in Santiago de Chile for the cause of Patricia and Mapuches

Don’t stop at the START, aim at the global nuclear disarmament

Posted by admin on December 7, 2003 under Uncategorized | Comments are off for this article

World without Wars and without Violence, Czech Republic
Press release
Prague, April 8, 2010
Don’t stop at the START, aim at the global nuclear disarmament

“Don’t stop at the START” was the message of a short happening taking place while the new START treaty between USA and Russia was being signed at the Prague Castle. “We welcome the START treaty as a positive step which should be followed by an agreement on the international level, leading towards an effective total nuclear disarmament,” organizers said.

Members of the international organization World without Wars and Violence showed banners with equations expressing their opinion on the new treaty. “23 000 minus START = HOPE, 23 000 – 23 000 = DISARMAMENT.” The “23 000” referred to the current number of nuclear weapons in the world which will not be reduced by the treaty as it only deals with deployed strategic weapons. Both USA and Russia stockpile thousands of nuclear warheads. “Until USA and Russia give up on the policy of nuclear deterrence and renounce the possibility of real use of nuclear weapons, we cannot say that the nuclear threat in the world has been reduced,” said one of the organizers Jana Jedlicková.

“We welcome the START treaty as a symbolic first step on the way towards the total nuclear disarmament. To achieve it, a broad agreement on international level has to be made. That is why we promote the Nuclear Weapons Convention which could start an effective disarmament process and enhance the failing Non-proliferation treaty,” said Jedlicková. Over 120 UN member states are calling for the Convention which would declare nuclear weapons illegal and provide a frame for phased global nuclear disarmament.

“The recent call for withdrawal of US nukes from Europe, made by five NATO states, can be considered as another positive signal,” said another organizer Jan Bednár.

“As the nuclear disarmament is one of the main goals of our organization, we will continue this campaign to make the Czech Republic active in strive for adoption of international treaties leading to the nuclear disarmament.” Bednár added. A delegation of World without Wars and without Violence from dozens of countries including the Czech Republic will participate in the New York NPT Revision Conference in May.

High quality photos from the happening:

World without Wars and without Violence – Czech Republic
April 8, 2010
Statement on the new START treaty between the USA and Russia

The treaty on reduction of deployed nuclear weapons is surely a positive signal after the period of increased tensions between the United States and the Russian Federation. However, the real solution of the nuclear threat must be based on an international agreement to abolish and outlaw nuclear weapons.

Russia and USA stockpile thousands of nuclear warheads which, together with nuclear arsenals of France, China, United Kingdom, Israel, Pakistan, India and North Korea, make more than 20 thousands of nuclear warheads. The pressure of the military-industrial complex makes governments around the world spend more and more on armament. Unless the United States and the Russian Federation give up on the policy of nuclear deterrence, we cannot say that the nuclear threat in the world has been reduced. Moreover, the treaty is jeopardized by the intended US missile shield which could freeze the process of releasing tensions and spin a new round of the arms race.

In the situation when the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) is failing, the State Parties do not fulfill their obligations and non-signatories develop their own nuclear arsenals, it is necessary to seek an agreement on the international level to put in motion the process of elimination of all nuclear weapons. That is why we will participate in the New York NPT Review Conference in May 2010 where we will promote the adoption of the Nuclear Weapons Convention that would provide a framework for complete nuclear disarmament and outlaw nuclear weapons. That is the only way to achieve the real international security.

We wish that, as the famous last year’s Obama’s speech had become a symbol of hope for the nuclear-free world, the new Russia-USA treaty becomes the first symbolic step that will help to put in motion a worldwide initiative for the global nuclear disarmament.

For en bedre forskningspolitik

Posted by admin on December 1, 2003 under Uncategorized | Comments are off for this article

Vi, underskriverne af denne erklæring, opfordrer Folketingets politikere til en ændring af den universitets- og forskningspolitik, vi har oplevet siden universitetsloven af 2003. Det 21. århundredes danske videnssamfund behøver frie universiteter og en demokratisk forsknings- og uddannelsespolitik. Vi kræver:

* Sikring af adgangen til højere uddannelse uanset økonomisk formåen. Vi kræver derfor en skærpet lov mod brugerbetaling.

* Indførelse af en styreform på universiteterne, der bygger på principper om selvstyre og akademisk frihed. Dette indebærer en styrelsesordning, der tildeler reel magt over universitetets anliggender til demokratisk valgte organer med repræsentation fra alle grupper af ansatte og studerende.

* Fuld forskningsfrihed under ansvar for den enkelte forsker såvel som for institutionen som helhed. Friheden skal gælde valg af emner, hypoteser, metoder og publicering.

* Sikring af de nødvendige ressourcer til at opretholde en forskning, der ikke er afhængig af velvilje fra eksterne fonde, politikere og private virksomheder for at kunne eksistere og udvikle sig.

* Sikring af forskningsbaseret undervisning og af universiteternes frihed til at udbyde undervisning og uddannelser inden for alle videnskabelige emner.

Det handler ikke kun om at administrere de nuværende love på området bedre. Egentlige lovændringer er nødvendige. Det gælder ikke mindst for det bebudede eftersyn af universitetsloven i 2009 – en evaluering alene gør det ikke.