Civil Society and Social Actors in Preparation for the 46° OAS General Assembly: Group on Human Rights

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Civil Society and Social Actors in Preparation for the 46° OAS General Assembly: Group on Human Rights

“Institutional Strengthening for Sustainable Development in the Americas”

WORKING GROUP – HUMAN RIGHTS

The Section of Relations with Civil Society of the Secretariat for Access to Rights and Equity and the Department of Summits Follow-up welcome you to the Working Group on Human Rights of the Virtual Hemispheric Forum with Civil Society and Social Actors in preparation for the 46th Regular Session of the OAS General Assembly which will take place on June 13 -15, 2016 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. 

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE?

  1. Encourage a negotiation process of the Draft Declaration of Santo Domingo that takes into account the perspective of the Group on Human Rights of civil society and other social actors.
  2. Facilitate the dialogue and exchange of experiences between a larger and more representative group of civil society organizations, social actors and workers in the hemisphere who work on the topic of Human Rights.
  3. Draft a document of recommendations from the perspective of the Human Rights on the Draft Declaration of Santo Domingo to be submitted to the consideration of Member States in the CISC.
  4. Formulate questions that will be directed to the Secretary General of the OAS in the Dialogue that will be held in Santo Domingo.

This Working Group will be moderated by Betilde Muñoz-Pogossian of the Secretariat for Access to Rights and Equity, who will guide the discussion, respond to comments and provide support for the formulation of recommendations. 

Principles

Recognition and respect for diversity: The participation of civil society entails the recognition of the legitimacy of diverse perspectives and interest regarding the subject that is being addressed. 

Transparency and access to information: The objectives, scope, process and results of this Forum will be of public knowledge. 

Additionally, the right to Freedom of Expression will be guaranteed: participants will have the right to express their positions and proposals freely, in a manner that is cordial, tolerant and respectful to other points of view. 

Methodology: 

- Participants will have the opportunity to discuss, exchange experiences and issue recommendations on the Draft Declaration of the General Assembly.

- Civil Society Organizations and social actors participating in this Forum should select one (1) working group that corresponds to the area your organization works on.

- The moderator will:

  • Direct and stimulate the discussions between participants.
  • Answer any question presented in the space.
  • Support the drafting of the document of recommendations. 
  • Collect the questions that the participants want to ask the Secretary General at the Conversation. 

- The moderator will ensure that:

  • The recommendations on the Draft Declaration are constructive, to the point, and in relation to the contents of the Draft Declaration of the General Assembly.
  • The diversity of postures and opinions is faithfully reflected in the document.

The methodology for the formulation of recommendations will also seek to ensure that:

  • All postures will be treated in the same manner. 
  • As such, mechanism of consensus or vote that seek to favor some postures and silence others will not be used.
  • Positions expressed in the document will not be qualified as majority or minority positions.
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cpognat
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Welcome!

~~Dear participants, welcome to the first Hemispheric  Virtual Forum with Civil Society, Social Actors and Workers in preparation for the 46th  regular session of the OAS General Assembly which will take place on June 13-15, 2016 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
My name is XXX and I will be the moderator of this Working Group. My name is Catherine Pognat and I am responsible for OAS Relations with Civil Society.  I have had the pleasure of working with this working group at different General Assemblies and I look fowrard to accompanying you in this process. My role in this forum is to promote dialogue among participants and facilitate  the formulation of concrete recommendations about the draft Declaration of Santo Domingo: Institutional Strengthening for Sustainable Development in the Americas.   In order to start with the dialogue, I will invite you to review the Draft Declaration included in the Forum, and present some thoughts or comments.

 

orozcobelize
Human Rights-in Caribbean

When violence is high in the Cariibbean and political leaderers choose to be complict by indifference, ommision and inaction to not increase investments in the justice system, to not acknowledge that violence and discrimination happens to its LGBTI citizens and to claim that your own citizens are not culturally representative of your countries, is hypocrasy at is best. No country in the region can say, its constitution speaks to except, all speaks to the rights of all its citizens

cpognat
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Human Rights in Caribbean

Thank you Orozcobelize for this input. Please note that the purpose of this forum is to gather specific recommendations on the text of the Declaration of Santo Domingo, which is included as an attached document in this forum.  What would you suggest regarding the text in the paragraphs of the document that pertain to Human Rights? 

PedroHV
Children must be visible

Hi. I am writing on behalf Save the Children.  I have read the Draft Declaration and in general terms I like it. I suggest to incorporate a line stating the importance for our countries to invest in children as a way to fulfill their human rights. 

 

Saionara
Strengthening the connections between the institutions and SDG

Dear Catherine,

Thank you for moderating this working group. I write on behalf of Dianova International. After carefully analyzing the document we have come to the conclusion that, although the draft document brings a notable contribution to the strengthening of institutions, the overall text is quite dry when it comes to its relationship with the specific SDGs. Our suggestions are aimed at bringing a human touch to the document and at strengthening  the institutions' relationship with the SDGs themselves. As it is, the document so repeatedly mentions, for instance, the environment, but fails to address the protection of human rights and minority groups -other than women- in the document.

In this sense, the following are our suggestions to enhance this perspective in the points 4 and 5 of the draft. Furthermore, although not included in our suggestions here, we also understand that it would be valuable, if feasible, to include a line for the strengthening of policies on quality education and child development.

Dianova's suggestions for the Human Rights Working Group:

  1. Encourage the promotion of a more inclusive and sustainable economic growth model, with corporate social and environmental responsibility practices in line with sustainable development goals and targets that are conducive to the participation and best use of all sectors’ productive potential, aiming at reducing inequality within and among countries.
  2. Encourage the efforts needed to institutionalize the process of professionalization in public administration and the development of well-trained civil servants, committed to new institutional practices, as well as the establishment of modern merit-based management systems for the entry, retention, and development of human resources. Ensure equal opportunity for all within the public administration, promote diversity, and support the presence of individuals from minority groups in all levels of institutions’ administration.

We truly appreciate OAS' efforts to include civil society in the debate and we join you in your determination to guarantee a meaningful document by the end of this process.  

Sincerely yours,

Saionara König-Reis

International Relations Manager at Dianova International

 

 

centro guadalupe
on human rights

 The Guadalupe Center for Life and Family in Puerto Rico would like to suggest the following inclusions under the Declare section:  "30. Recognize that a human rights approach to sustainable development must include the recognition of the right to life of the human person from conception to natural death."

 

vhi
Human Life International

Human Life International suggests that this paragraph be included at the end of the OAS GA 2016 draft Declaration of Santo Domingo: The recognition of authentic human rights is the necessary basis for an authentic sustainable development. Human rights arising from natural law must be recognized, which include the right to life from conception to natural death, and the recognition of marriage and family as conformed by one man and one woman with parental rights over their children. An authentic sustainable development must be at the service of the human person, if it is to succeed. “…(G)iven the fact that the practical relationships between person and family, between family and society, and between society and development, are as close as they are profound, the weakening of the idea of personal dignity leads, not only to a dehumanized family, but also to a dehumanized society. This does not allow any notion of economic and social development – including one as comprehensive and praiseworthy as sustainable development – to be understood in its full and correct meaning. From the beginning, it is doomed to failure.” Alban D’Entremont;Family and Sustainable Development; Lexicon; 2006; Human Life International.  “When we fail to acknowledge as part of reality the worth of a poor person, a human embryo, a person with disabilities – to offer just a few examples – it becomes difficult to hear the cry of nature itself; everything is connected…. Since everything is interrelated, concern for the protection of nature is also incompatible with the justification of abortion. How can we genuinely teach the importance of concern for other vulnerable beings, however troublesome or inconvenient they may be, if we fail to protect a human embryo, even when its presence is uncomfortable and creates difficulties?” (Pope Francis, On the Care of Our Common Home, n. 117, 120)

Dianavaldes
Derechos humanos panama

Gracias por este espacio como joven panameña, propongo al igual que mis compañeros escritores que la vida sea respetada y reconocida desde la concepcion hasta la muerte natural y la familia, el matrimonio constituidos por un hombre y una mujer nacidos naturalmente.

Dianavaldes
Derechos humanos panama

Gracias por este espacio como joven panameña, propongo al igual que mis compañeros escritores que la vida sea respetada y reconocida desde la concepcion hasta la muerte natural y la familia, el matrimonio constituidos por un hombre y una mujer nacidos naturalmente.

Dianavaldes
Derechos humanos panama

Gracias por este espacio como joven panameña, propongo al igual que mis compañeros escritores que la vida sea respetada y reconocida desde la concepcion hasta la muerte natural y la familia, el matrimonio constituidos por un hombre y una mujer nacidos naturalmente.

smdroit
Questions on the DR Draft Declaration?

Good evening everyone,

I read the draft of the Declaration and I have many questions:

1) Why the declaration doesn't identify some keys countries of the Americas that need immediate change at a human right level?

2) What are the States that have real urgencies?

3) How does OAS can contribute in a more concrete way in the Institutional Strengthening of some States in the Americas?

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