A Declaration on Human Rights
President of the United States of America, to all countries concerned, and to the
Christian churches throughout the world:
Our church confesses that
Jesus Christ is the Lord of all mankind and believes that human rights and a land in which
each of us has a stake are gifts bestowed by God. Therefore we make this declaration, set
in the context of the present crisis threatening the seventeen million people of Taiwan.
Ever since President
Carter's inauguration as President of the United States of America he has consistently
adopted "Human Rights" as a principle of his diplomacy. This is an epoch-making
event in the history of foreign policy.
We therefore request
President Carter to continue to uphold the principles of human rights while pursuing the
"normalisation of relationships with Communist China" and to insist on
guaranteeing the security, independence, and freedom of the people of Taiwan.
As we face the possibility
of an invasion by Communist China we hold firmly to our faith and to the principles
underlying the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We insist that the
future of Taiwan shall be determined by the seventeen million people who live there. We
appeal to the countries concerned--especially to the people of government of the United
States of America--and to Christian churches throughout the world to take effective steps
to support our cause.
In order to achieve our
goal of independence and freedom for the people of Taiwan in this critical international
situation, we urge our government to face reality and to take effective measures whereby
Taiwan may become a new and independent country.
We beseech God that Taiwan
and all the rest of the world may become a place where "Mercy and truth will meet
together; righteousness and peace will embrace. Truth shall spring out of the earth; and
righteousness shall look down from heaven." (Psalms 85:10-11)
Moderator of the General Assembly
(at present out of the country)
Deputy Moderator of the General Assembly
(Acting in the absence of the Moderator)