ATO's Declaration Statement on Racial Justice and Equality
(June 16, 2020)
In light of the recent social movements across the world triggered by an act of police brutality to a person of color in the United States, the horrific and unjustified act showed the prevalent prejudice that is still present in the system.
As social activists, it is within our cause to protect and uphold diversity from threats of injustice and racism. Our organization stands with all those who call for change against systematized brutality, attacks against democracy, and human rights violations.
We emphasize the need for peaceful movements as catalysts for the continued evolution of society and progress. As a diverse and multinational organization, we believe and advocate for a peaceful demonstration, and we continue to encourage peaceful demonstrations to show solidarity against racism.
By extension, we urge the world to embrace the spirit of humanity not only because we cannot live in isolation and dependence on one another in one way or another, but because we are inclined by nature to do so as we are essentially one; human beings with no one special than the other regardless of the differences.
We must not look away and wave at the folly of this magnitude being played before us. Otherwise, history will judge us for holding our heads on our hands and allowing this moral turpitude to thrive unhindered.
We need to collectively work as humanity to push towards meaningful change within our nations, and organizations to halt these realities as they come up and to support anti-racism initiatives, including those that work against anti-Black racism.
'None of us is safe until all of us is safe'.
Race as a concept was created by a people, misguided in their thoughts. They believe that some people are superior to others by the virtue of the color of their skin. Racism is unfair, uncalled for, and outright evil. We stand hand in hand with our fellow humans to fight against racism.
No human in the world deserves to be subjected to such an uncivilized act. Let our history remind us. We are all equal beings. The world was created with colors and that's an added beauty in it. Let us develop affection towards that beauty!
Let us begin to live in a world with peace enjoyed by so that we and the future generations to come, will embrace this world of colors and diversity. It is imperative to express our voices against systematic racism. We, members of the ATO, is a model of a community of global citizens. We respect the right to life of all living beings on the entire planet, as well as their freedom of expression, without disrespecting and violating human dignity. We are here today to tell the world that this is our voice.
Musa Mohammad Tanko (Nigeria)
John Carl T. Alonsagay (Philippines)
Sweta Dixit (Nepal)
Udah George (Kenya)
Halima Imam (Nigeria)
Amro El-Zoubi (Jordan)
Rashidah Omotola AbdulQuadri (Nigeria)
Ghadeer A. Arafeh (The State of Palestine)
Avalumun Kaa (Nigeria)
Beatrice Ann A. Dolores (Philippines)
Alemayehu Kefalew (Ethiopia)
Rubina Karki (Nepal)
Cécilia Razafinirinamaharavo ( Madagascar)
Masango Roderick Warakula (Zimbabwe)
John Christopher V. Canto (Philippines)
Alhassan Sesay (Sierra Leone)
Peace Ngozi Edum (Nigeria)
Menna Salah (Egypt)
Lorrayne Isidoro Gonçalves (Brazil)