Follow-up to the statement of TU Dresden’s Senate, University Executive Board and Personnel Representation Council of 12th July 2019 on the upcoming Saxon federal state elections (Landtag) and on the current political developments of DRESDEN-concept partners
The DRESDEN-concept partner institutions have, time and again, emphatically voiced their commitment to cosmopolitanism, tolerance, humanity and respect. These fundamental values of coexistence in a democratic society form the indispensable foundation for cutting-edge research and teaching. As DRESDEN-concept partners, we create a home for people from all around the globe, here at the Dresden science hub. We cordially welcome and host international students and researchers — irrespective of their nationality, religion, sexual orientation or how they choose to live their lives. The freedom of science, art and culture is the conditio sine qua non for the sustainable and peaceful development of our society.
We expect open-mindedness and tolerance not only in our research environment but also in the city of Dresden and in the entire Free State of Saxony. Without a firm commitment to these inalienable values expressed in our words and in our actions, the polarisation of the society in Saxony will continue to increase and will be detrimental to Saxony’s reputation – both within Germany and abroad. The Free State of Saxony will appear less attractive for students, researchers, qualified staff and businesses, resulting in possible job losses.
For these reasons, we would like to encourage all DRESDEN-concept colleagues and employees alongside all citizens of Dresden and the Free State as well as local and federal politicians to participate and defend our open and non-discriminatory society more than ever, and to stand up for the fundamental values of a free, democratic and open society!
The German author Erich Kästner stated: ‘All this nonsense happening today is not only the fault of those actually involved in it, but it is also the fault of those who do not prevent it’. In today’s society, this statement is more important than ever.
In view of the upcoming elections, we therefore appeal to all voters to familiarise themselves with the electoral programme of the parties standing in these federal elections: Do read their programmes and do not allow for the freedom of opinion, the freedom of science, the freedom of art and the media to be curtailed! Do not allow for democracy and the rule of law to be jeopardised!