HUFS professors issue statement backing the people of MyanmarProfessors at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS) issued a statement in 29 languages on Wednesday supporting the pro-democracy movement in Myanmar.
In the statement entitled “We condemn the Myanmar military coup in Myanmar and support the people of Myanmar in their struggle for democracy,” the statement called for support for democracy in Myanmar, the peaceful transfer of power to a civilian government, and participation of the United Nations and all other nations.
One-hundred and eighty-four professors from the university — 145 Korean professors, including President Kim In-chul, and 39 foreign professors — signed the statement of support.
In particular, professors participated in translating the original Korean statement into 28 foreign languages.
For the translation of 11 critical foreign languages, including Turkish and Uzbek, students and faculty members from the HUFS Center for the Promotion of Critical Foreign Language Education also contributed to the translation.
Jun Jong-sup, head of the HUFS professor’s association, said, "The professors of HUFS were able to issue the statement as one in a humanitarian spirit condemning the Myanmar military government's crimes against humanity."
BY SEO JI-EUN [firstname.lastname@example.org]
with the Korea JoongAng Daily
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