June 6, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- A gathering of activists and international leaders, past and present, has called for a major global effort to support democratic dissidents in authoritarian regimes.
The 10-point text was signed by former Czech President Vaclav Havel and former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar, and by former Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky of
It urges, among other things, the immediate release of nonviolent political prisoners worldwide and calls on democratic governments to exert diplomatic, economic, and political pressure on authoritarian regimes to respect human rights and implement democratic reforms.
In his speech to the conference, Bush said he "strongly supported" the document and its statement that the protection of human rights "is critical to international peace and security."
Source: Radio Free Europe
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