In an Increasingly Xenophobic World, Bolivia Makes a Call to Create Universal Citizenship

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Source: ABI / Resumen Latinoamericano / The Dawn News / March 9, 2017

Thursday, Bolivia made a calling to the World Conference of Peoples, that will take place on June 20 and 21, in Tiquipaya, Cochabamba, to debate the creation of a Universal Citizenship, with the goal of creating a world without walls, whether material or symbolic.

In a short press conference, Evo Morales, accompanied by members of the National Coordinator for Change (Conalcam), informed that the initiative was warmly received by the presidents of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA), with whom he met in private during his recent trip to Caracas, Venezuela.

‘In the face of the current juncture, we, the government and social movements, have decided to make this worldwide call.’

After the inauguration of Donald Trump as President of the United States, persecution of migrants became worse and the plan to extend the wall on the border with Mexico wasn’t dropped.

Morales criticized the fact that walls are built against migrants, poor Latinos and refugees, and not against military interventions to plunder the natural resources of those peoples.

‘Therefore, inspired in the struggle of social movements, the government and the people together will promote a profound, worlwide debate regarding migration nowadays,’ he said.

The world conference will be organized by the Chancellery and social movements.

Delegates of all countries around the world are invited, as well as personalities of the struggle for migrant rights, jurists, and representatives of progressivist governments.

The document of the calling emphasizes that the fight against transnational crime can’t violate the rights of migrants and promote xenophobia.

It also expresses concern over the increasingly interventionist policy of NATO countries, which is causing people to flee their countries and die trying.

Therefore, two debate sessions will be carried out during the World Conference of Peoples: one dedicated to Universal Citizenship and another one against military interventionism.


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