Bolivia: Final Statement at the World Conference of the Peoples – “For a World Without Borders towards Universal Citizenship”

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Source: ALBA Movements / The Dawn News / June 21, 2017

This is the final statement of the World Conference of the Peoples For a World Without Borders towards Universal Citizenship, which took place at Tiquipaya, 400 kilometers from La Paz between Tuesday and Wednesday.

“Social movements, citizens of the world, gathered in Tiquipaya, after listening the testimonies of migrants and refugees and debating collectively from our historical memory and the plurality of our identities, we approved the following Statement, with the purpose to manifest our vision and proposals to the States and the International Community in relation to the so called Migrational Crisis.

We, the peoples of the world are aware of the necessity to keep thrusting with bigger strength a new world order, with the following characteristics:

The establishment of complementarity, equity and solidarity relationships among persons and peoples; the recognition and universalization of access to basic services and fundamental rights, which can not be an object of profit and speculation of private groups.

A wider citizen participation in the elaboration and implementation of the public policies transcending oligarchies, dynasties, monarchies and other forms of political hierarchies.

A new international financial architecture, where multilateral organisms do not exist at the service of the transnational capital and guarantees the social property of the natural resources.

The harmonious convivence with Mother Earth and the respect of its rights; assuming that nature can live without human beings, but human beings cannot live without her, violating its rights and destroying the habitat.

The construction of a true lasting peace, which is not just the absence of bellicose conflicts, but also the superation of the structural violence traduced in the equal access to wealth and development opportunities.

We have verified as main causes of this crisis the bellicose conflicts and military interventions, climate change and the huge economic asymmetries between the States and in the interior of them. These destructive situations have their origin in the dominant world order, which generates violence, promotes inequalities, and destroys Mother Earth while searching for profit and resources. The migratory crisis is one of the manifestations of the integral crisis of the neoliberal globalization.

Human mobility is a right rooted in the essence of equality of the human being. However, for most of the cases, it does not respond to a volunteer decision of the peoples but to necessity situations that get to the extreme of a forced migration. To the pain of uprooting the situations of injustice, exclusion, discrimination and exploitation that the persons in transit suffer are added, and of course the attacks on their dignity, their elemental human rights, and against their own lives which they suffer from the receptor countries.

The hegemonic speeches, dominated by the multinational media corporations, promote a negative vision of migrants, hiding the contributions these make in economic, demographic and socio cultural terms to the receptor countries. We look upon with great concern the advancement of neocolonial, intolerant and xenophobic positions which infringe  the cooperation between Peoples and constitute a great menace to global peace. Paradoxically, these positions are sustained from the centers of global power, main responsibles of the structural violence, the global inequality and climate change, in detriment of the creditors of the social and environmental debt: the poor peoples.

This is why, that form the social basis we promote the following agenda of proposals to collapse the walls that divide us and build from there a Universal Citizenship, which devotes the right of all to have and enjoy in plenitude the same rights, for the good living of humanity.

  1. To overcome the hegemonic perspective of migratory policy which raises an administration of migrations in a “regular, safe and orderly” way, for a humanist vision that allows to “receive, protect, promote and integrate” the migratory people.
  2. To reject the criminalization of migrants which covers the fake focuses made on security and control. In particular, we demand the elimination of the “migrant detainee centers”.

Demanding the destruction of physical walls that divide the peoples; invisible legal walls which pursue and criminalize; mental walls which use fear, discrimination and xenophobia to divide ourselves among brothers. In the same way, we denounce the media walls that stigmatize or disqualify migrants, and we aim to promote the creation of alternative media channels.

  1. To create a World Public Defensor of the Peoples for the Rights of migrant, refugee and traffic victim persons, among others, which promotes free mobility and human rights.  

We request to the people and government of Bolivia, to manage the creation of a secretary of coordination to make effective the fulfillment of the resolutions inside this Statement of the World Conference of the Peoples.

  1. To demand to the governments the creation or strengthening of Regional Citizenships that allow inter regional movement and the plain exercise of their rights, as a first step towards a universal citizenship.
  2. To demand that the public expenses aimed to war and migrant criminalization, are to be used for the creation of integration programs, which guarantee the plain exercise of the migrants people’s rights.
  3. To thrust local policies which allow more integrative cities and societies, where migrants are effectively included in the society, with access to a house, health, education, social security, and under the principles of complementarity, solidarity, brotherhood and diversity.
  4. To convoke all the governments of the world to fight in a joint way against the criminal networks that traffic human beings, and declaring human trafficking and slave trafficking as crimes against humanity.
  5. To update, strengthen and advance on the multilateral system and its international tools referred to migrant, refugees and their families, and in special:
  6. a) the “International Convention on rights protection of all migrant workers and their families”, since it has not been ratified by any Northern migrant receptor country.
  7. b) the Convention on the Statute of ACNUR Refugees and adding new conceptions that refer to displaced person and climate refugees.
  8. c) to participate actively in the negotiation of the World Pact to be celebrated in 2018 at the United Nations.
  9. d) claiming in the General Assembly of the United Nations the International Decade for a World Without Borders towards Universal Citizenship.
  10. To overcome the “rigid frontiers” tactic, for a vision that understands frontiers as bridges of integration for the unity among peoples and the welcome of refugees, where the struggle against transnational organized crime is faced from a cooperation context between states.

To boost the right living in the places of origin of the migrant people, so that mobility is always volunteer and not forced as an effect of poverty, violence and climate change, denouncing the irresponsible actions of the multinational companies, and applying sanctions to those that impinge against the permanency of the families in their place of origin.

  1. To promote the popular mobilization in a global scale, so that the inalienable character of the rights of persons in transit is recognized in the intra and international instances, so that walls, blockades and interventions, that the powerful raise unilaterally to perpetuate inequality and social injustice.

 

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