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29.11.2011: INES 20th Anniversary

International Appeal
To the heads of universities and responsible academic bodies

Commit Universities to Peace – Reject Research for the Military
It is time to act.


Freedom of thought and ideas for a peaceful, sustainable and just world are universal human rights. Today, they are threatened in many places, including even the universities around the world. Growing militarization of academic research in not only engineering and natural sciences, but also humanities, is further eroding those rights. Immediate steps need to be taken to reverse this process.
The undersigned believe that universities must focus on promoting peace and understanding among peoples by rejecting any research and teaching for military purposes.

We call for the abandonment of all research and teaching for military purposes and urge the university authorities and the responsible academic bodies everywhere to adopt binding commitments in the university statutes similar to Civil Clauses in some countries.