Humanists from all over the world, united in the International Humanist & Ethical Union, are shocked by the decrees of the Polish government, particularly by the proclamation of martial law, the establishment of a special military body, the arrests and the bringing up of numerous persons to court martial, as well as the bloodshed.
The IHEU indignantly protests against this violation of human rights and rights of freedom. It requests the Polish government to withdraw the proclaimed decrees immediately, to restore the citizens to their rights, as well as re-open negotiations with the leaders of the union. It appeals to the Polish members of the union as well as to all other Polish citizens to co-operate in a constructive way in order to effectuate a de-escalation of the conflict and to find a peaceful solution to economical problems.
Statement by N.F.I. Schwarz, on behalf of the Board of Directors, 18.12.1981
'Violation of human rights in Poland (1981-12)', Humanists International, Board of Directors, 1981