-As a civil society organization, Human Life International respectfully submits its comments and expresses its gratitude for this opportunity-
February 18, 2015 Wednesday-HLI comments on the Mandates for Action
We totally agree with the fundamental principle that access to quality education is an essential right that needs to be protected and guaranteed and that it has many beneficial elements for society. We support the initiative of improving the education quality of teachers. At the same time, we would like to express our reservations on the so called “gender inequality gaps.” Regrettably, the term ‘gender’ is part of an ideology that presents a harmful understanding about the true natural understanding of human sexuality. This means that there could be an alleged human sexuality diversity based on cultural and not in the biological empirical data. Certainly, the fullness of human dignity belongs to each human person without distinction, but that does not mean that there can be a departure from the truth about the natural law of human sexuality. Hence, we respectfully request that the phrase ‘gender inequality’ be eliminated from this document.
A broad access to health care services is first and foremost an important human right, which is a fundamental corollary of the right to life, and second it is an essential element to improve and to facilitate economic growth. There is no doubt that the objective of providing health coverage to all the population is a valuable. At the same time, we should point out that universal access to health care and universal health coverage should not be understood as the acceptance to construe medical services with a component of alleged gender equity, all of which is contrary to life and family, and that the State must force health services provided by religious or private medical institutions to impose those alleged medical services that are anti-life and anti-family. Hence, we respectfully request that these phrases be eliminated from this document.
There is no doubt that access to reliable sources of energy is an essential element for improving the living standards of the population. At the same time, we have to express our concern with the United Nations program “Sustainable Energy for All” because it is linked with the idea of sustainable development. To speak ‘sustainability” implies that there are not sufficient resources for all persons, which in its own turn could lead to the forced implementation of measures contrary to life and family. Instead of implying that there is not sufficient ‘sustainable energy’, we should simply encourage State development and enrichment of energy innovations for the benefit of all of its citizens.
An important duty of international society is to take all rational and scientifically agreed measures to protect the environment for the benefit of mankind. We have the duty to manage wisely all natural resources for the benefit of society and for the benefit of future generations. So we welcome the concerns of OAS to preserve and protect the environment of our region. At the same time, we have doubts that there is enough scientifically based research to prove that the current climate change is caused by human agency and is not caused instead by natural causes, like solar activities that are beyond human control.
With regards to the concept of sustainable development, we would have to present the same type of reservations that we made in the previous paragraph with regards to Energy.
First and foremost, we totally share the concern of protecting the human rights of all migrants and second we welcome the recognition of the economic, social and cultural contributions made by migrants to their communities of origin and to their host societies. As a consequence, we consider that this document should be strengthened to better recognize and guarantee the human rights of migrants. This protection should be moved from the third paragraph to the first paragraph of this document to highlight its fundamental importance. These human rights should be a benchmark for the development of programs that will benefit migrants and their families, and in particular those migrants that are most vulnerable to exploitation, which are minors and the single young women.
There is no doubt that the incidence of violence and terrorism is rising in every country, and there is a need to strengthen initiatives to address this very concerning situation. We certainly favor initiatives to invest in improved data gathering to better understand this problem and thus be more capable of addressing the dynamics of crime and violence. We support initiatives to make coordinated progress in confronting the drug problem.
At the same time, we have to express our concern with the inclusion of the term ‘equity’ in the document, because, as expressed above, ‘equity’ has been linked to a harmful view of human sexuality, contrary to natural law. All persons have a right to expect that individual human dignity will be respected and safeguarded by the State. But to insert a false understanding about human sexuality in the area of security, or in any other area of service provided by the State, is harmful to the person and to society. Furthermore, the term ‘equity’ in this section can lead to the restriction of pro-life and pro-family public and private efforts because it could be alleged that those policies and programs are contrary to an ‘equity’ policy.
7. Citizen Participation
The efforts to encourage more involved citizen participation should be supported and promoted. We are very grateful for the opportunity that could be provided for continued consultation with civil society organizations on vital issues in society. We want to respectfully request that all persons who wish to present their views during any citizen participation venues be able to do so, without discrimination.
8. Democratic Governance
We are fully supportive of the aims of this document to insure a democratic governance of society. It is well stated that respect for the democratic governmental system, and for branches of government which include the executive, legislative, and judicial areas, are clearly mentioned in this document. We express our concern with the inclusion of the terms ‘equity’ and ‘right of identity’. These phrases are linked to anti-life and anti-family views. Democratic governance needs to be based on the proper understanding of the person, the family, society, and government. To do the contrary will lead to chaos and confusion, and to the imposition of a totalitarian government that does not respect natural law.
Thank you Pierre for this post. The area of women in the various levels of governance in society is confused with the outlook of women as leaders in politics.
Bearing in mind the three branches of governance women rule Civi lSociety. What may be required is a new view on the perception of woman power as a political tool.
On a lighter note i ask the questions who control the war rooms?
I also like martin's suggestions on governance and the concepts of how we interpret them when pertaining to society. The family has been destroyed and the values of society reduced.
I am happy to see more men particpating in this room as there can be a deeper feeling of equity moving in to the Summit. What is required in the followup is the male perspective on issues raised on gender as well as women; family and security; health and juvenile concerns and democratic governance as it pertains to Civil Society from a Civil Society perspective.
Again the input of partisan politics in the Civi lSociety forum has to be avoided. Our approach is different as our stakeholders are different.
Luciana you were a great facilitator. I am available for any further assistance required in the Civi lSociety forums. To my colleagues it was a great discussion I learnt how other countries view the mandates and is able to appreciate your input better when I read, rather than listen to your suggestions.
Gale, I am the one to thank you for being so active in the forum. It is great to see your interest in contributing and discussing with other participants.
Thank you and all the best,
Sub-theme: MIGRATION and SECURITY IN THE CARIBBEAN - DEADLY JOURNEYS
MANDATES FOR ACTIONS - VII SUMMIT OF THE AMERICAS
PROSPERITY WITH EQUITY: THE CHALLENGE FOR COOPERATION IN THE AMERICAS
A CONTRIBUTION OF THE HAITIAN-AMERICAN GRASSROOTS COALITION (HAGC) IN THE SUMMIT PROCESS
The Haitian-American Grassroots Coalition (HAGC) has been dealing with issues of Haitian Migration in the Haitian Communities of South Florida, Dominican Republic, and the Bahamas since 1998. In the case of Dominican Republic, last year the Constitutional Tribunal took a law that renders all Dominican-Haitians stateless beginning in June this year. The international litigation that began at the OAS Inter-American Court Jean Boucicaut Vs. Dominican Republic failed to render justice to Boucicaut since a few month later, the Dominican Court went to work again and re-=adjust their constitution in a move not to abide by the OAS decree. The profound hatred and aversion of the Dominicans against Haitians is so pervasive and dangerous, now there are paramilitary groups created just to kill and exterminate Haitians or Haitian Dominicans in several towns of the country. In regions such as Santiago de los Caballeros, Neiba, and Santo Domingo, killing Haitians and decapitate them appears like an horror movie with s stint of reality. As of two weeks ago, teenager 19 years of age was killed in park in Santo Domingo and was hanged in a town square for all the population to see. This action has placed both nations at war footing in both sides of the borders. Although there are significant outcries within both nations, there have not been yet any plan sponsored by governmental institutions and civil society entities to get to the tables to discuss peace. In this tragedy, the Dominicans are not afraid to play the role of villain despite their status as international pariah in the Latin America and the Caribbean. I do hope that the social actors in Panama will allow me a 10 to 15 minutes to present that case where you have set some initiative in motion with the OAS Assistant General Secretary and the United States Department of State in order to seek a peaceful alternative. Ultimately, the Haitian Civil Society Sector and the Dominican Civil Society Sector must able to sit down and find a proper formula that can inspire a democratic process and the obligation to convince the like of the Ciruelitos to accept a peaceful formula rather than one leading them to the road exterminating or commit genocide against their brothers and sisters. The Dominican Authorities should divorce with that group causing mayhem and willing to take their countrymen to war in order to stop what they consider the Haitian invasion.
What are the possible recommendations:
I.- When Civil Society groups from both sides decide to meet they should draw an agreement to stop protests and counter-protests in both nations.
II.- Begin a reconciliation campaign based on mutual respect via radio and television as well as the social media
III.- Working pout a bi-national plan that would compel the governments of both countries in the buying of the plan.
IV.- The Dominicans must take a pledge to stop their belligerent attitude in regards to Haitian and Dominican-Haitian
V.- Disband, disarm and pursuing the Ciruelitos in Court for crime committed against the Haitian nationals
VI.- Promote each other value and ensure that clas between the two people are over with.
THE ROAD TO PANAMA - VII SUMMIT OF THE AMERICAS -
MANDATES FOR ACTION -
PROSPERITY WITYH EQUITY - THE cHALLENGES OF COLLABORATION IN THE AMERICAS
GROSS HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATION IN THE CARIBBEAN - FEATURING THE BAHAMAS ISLANDS
A SPECIAL REPORT AND CONTRIBUTION OF THE HAITIAN -AMERTICAN GRASSROOTS COALITION
The Bahamas Island has been one of the theaters that Haitian miogration for the past half a century. Although this country has ensacted legislation to curb the heavy presence of migrants and refugees, in 2015, according to existing data, the Haitian Nationals residing