Manifesto of children and adolescents from Latin American countries taking part in the South American Meeting for Follow-Up to the United Nations Study on Violence against Children and Adolescents

29/04/2011

Manifesto of children and adolescents from Latin American countries taking part in the South American Meeting for Follow-Up to the United Nations Study on Violence against Children and Adolescents.

Asunción, 29 April 2011

" Here in the city of Asunción we have been taking part as delegations of organizations of children and adolescents from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, El Salvador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela, sharing reflections and concerns about violence against children and adolescents, and we therefore,

 
Declare that:
1. Although we live in the same region, there is great inequality of opportunity and different forms of violence against children and adolescents in every country. Every State has different levels and forms in terms of compliance with the laws and rights of children and adolescents.
2. In some countries violence is permitted as a form of discipline, while in others any form of violence is punishable by law.
3. Structural violence is the effect of an unjust global capitalist system that is responsible for the impoverishment of most of the peoples of our countries. For us, structural violence means the contamination of the environment and of people by major agro-business proprietors. This contamination affects the health and lives of children and adolescents and their families (peasants and indigenous people) who are forced to leave their communities and migrate to the cities.
There is little likelihood of this form of expression of violence being denounced, since instead of helping, the protocols in place obstruct such procedures; and in themselves they display many social differences." 
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