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Subject: Architects for Peace opposes the anti-terrorism laws


Author:
Beatriz C. Maturana
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Date Posted: 11/10/05 15:13
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architectsforpeace

Dear friends and colleagues,

Architects for Peace has initiated the following campaign and petition (see below), this is in relation to the proposed anti-terrorism legislation and we are asking you to consider signing the petition and to assist us to spread the word. Hope you can help.

What Architects for Peace is highlighting is an issue of ethical nature and we believe this should be the concern all intellectuals and, therefore, we thought that you may be interested. My apologies of you disagree. In that case, please just disregard this post.

Thanking you in anticipation,
architectsforpeace


URGENT: Sign up NOW - tell our leaders that Architects for Peace opposes the anti-terrorism laws.

(http://www.petitiononline.com/speaknow/petition.html)

The sedition laws will affect critical political and creative expression, which nourishes public art, urban and architectural design. It is not clear to us as to how removing rights of protest and criticism is supposed to make us safer. The law threatens the legality of actions by professional organisations such as our own who actively pursue independent debate on the development of our cities.

We are most concerned to think that our civil rights and especially our right to voice difference and dissent are being compromised at the expense of laws that are seen by many as not only extreme but unnecessary. (...)

The shared built environment relies, like public society, on a degree of trust. We see the new laws as signalling the decreasing level of trust the government has in its citizens. As that mutual trust and conviviality is eroded, this sets a dangerous precedent, which is quickly reflected in a hardening/armouring of the public realm. It is the poor, the young, and the migrants, of non-Anglo descent, who are most at risk of suffering human rights abuse and systematic discrimination under these new laws. We are most concerned that this can too easily lead to their sense of victimisation and a hardening into violent resentment from which we will all suffer. (...)

Sign the petition NOW: the terrorist legislation or http://www.petitiononline.com/speaknow/petition.html

Regards,

architectsforpeace - http://www.architectsforpeace.org/
Australia

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