Pax Manifesto

Pax Manifesto, writen by Roberto Perez-Franco on May 18, 1998, includes four pacifist statements, and was signed by over a hundred people. The English version, translated from the Spanish original, reads as follows:

Pax Manifesto

As Scientists, Engineers and Technicians:

First Item: Knowledge used in favor of peace

We admit that the intelectual ability we have to study, understand and modify nature through knowledge and science, is a special and valuable quality that should only be used to seek the welfare, peace and progress for all human beings.

Second Item: Commitment with future generations

We state that our purpose is to deliver to the following generations a better mankind, scientifically, technologically and morally more advanced, and which would work in harmony, in a pacific and prosperous way for the good of all, conserving the planet as a suitable place for life.

Third Item: Respect for the individual freedom

We believe that no individual or group has the right to impose their own system or social, political, ecomomical, philosophic or religious beliefs, to other individual or group. It is an inherent right of each human to live their life freely, and based on their own convictions, respecting the same right to freedom, as well as all human rights, for other humans.

Fourth Item: No to the war

We consider that war degrades man, and that no war - of any kind - will bring peace as result. Therefore, we not shall participate, by any means, either in the invention, development, improvement or production of any kind of weapon or warfare, or in the triggering or development of any war or genocide in any place and at any time.

Science, engineering and technology should work for peace.

(End of the manifesto)