About protection of human rights and the lawful state


  •   I am convinced that the ideology of human rights protection  its that unique basis which can unit people independently from their nationality, political convictions, religion, position in a society               (The Memoirs, Volume 1,  p. 471)



  •  Our country should become a rule-of-law state in which nobody can dictate decisions of a judge or an investigator. We should become the country ruled by persuasion, not by persecution and violence All these things will become possible only when bases for revival of the totalitarian regime and of the uncontrolled state power will disappear

  •   I am convinced that under the conditions obtaining in our country a position based on morality and law is the most correct one, as corresponding to the requirements and possibilities of society. What we need is the systematic defense of human rights and ideals and not a political struggle, which would inevitably incite people to violence, sectarianism, and frenzy. (Sakharov speaks, New York, 1974, p.44).

  • We are living through a period of history in which decisive support of the principles of freedom of conscience, an open society, and the rights of man is an absolute necessity. The alternative is surrender to totalitarianism, the loss of all precious freedom, and political, economic, and moral gegradation.     (Appeal to the Parliaments of All Helsinki-Signatory States. Helsinki, September 1977).

  •  Religious liberty is an important part of the human rights struggle in a totalitarian state. The pervasive, often brutal persecution of churches and religious bodies that characterized the early years of Soviet rule has been replaced by more selective repression directed mainly against those religious institutions of a nonconformist temper, but curbs on worship affect all believers. (Memoirs. t.1, p.337).

  •  The public, nonviolent defense of human rights as these rights are proclaimed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of the United Nations is the ideology that can unite, and does unite now in our country within the framework of the democratic movement, people of different political convictions, national origins, and religious beliefs. (An interview to the newspaper Monde, August 1978).

  •  It is difficult to evaluate dissent numerically.  This isnt a party that gives out membership cards, and this isnt a chartered organization.   Numbers dont matter, what matters is the significance of the information that has been provided, and is being provided, to the world  by these self-denying people, and what matters is the revolution in perception caused by their actions that has occurred  in all countries of the world and in the world as a whole. (An interview to the newspaper Monde, August 1978)

  •  It would be wrong to say that the dissident movement did not exert a deep influence on people in the USSR, but this has been basically  moral rather than political influence Im convinced  that its extremely irresponsibly to strive for political cataclysms, revolutions and interventions in the modern  world riddled with contradictions Another matter is to try and influence individual moral awareness, to restore in people the belief in the power of a word and in their rights, to give them back their true history,  non-falsified history of their country. People who have dared to speak out loud what they think and feel, who have dared to lift their  voice against injustice these people are breaking the conspiracy of silence, of fear and of indifference, and in doing so they pave the way for the necessary democratic, pluralistic transformation in the huge, inert and corrupt country; the country drunk everyday on a cheap poisonous wine, going without meat and butter, and silently accepting both war in Afghanistan and unjust persecutions, court sanctioned and not.  Nevertheless, millions are secretly tuning their radios to catch foreign broadcasts that could tell them about their country and the world. While those who openly speak for the rights of others make great sacrifices. (Answers to questions of a correspondent of the Italian ANSA news Agency, April 1980)