MMI-CLAC 2010 Plan of Action approved at Panama Meeting

The Latin American and Caribbean Chapter of the Global Movement for Children (MMI-CLAC) held its annual technical meeting on June 15 and 16th in Panama where the Plan of Action for the upcoming six months was approved. Led by this year’s rotating lead of the Chapter, UNICEF, the meeting was attended by all MMI-CLAC constituents, including the regional network of child-rights news agencies Red Andi, where it became an official member after a year as an observer, and Child Fund, who has recently joined as one. The agenda for the meeting opened with a review of the I Subregional UNVAC Follow-up Meeting in Paraguay last April by Plan International. The overall assessment was very positive, h...

Bolivian President Denounces Water Privatisation

27 July 2011, United Nations - "Water is life. Water is humanity. How could it be part of the private business?" asked Bolivian President Evo Morales Wednesday, stressing the social and economic consequences of the growing trend of private ownership over water supply and delivery systems in many parts of the world.Morales, the first-ever indigenous president of Bolivia and an outspoken advocate of the rights of "Mother Earth", also criticised capitalist countries of the North for failing to adopt a rights-based approach towards the problems of global warming and the rapid loss of plant and animal species. "If we don't respect the rights of Mother Earth, we cannot respect human righ...

El Movimiento Mundial por la Infancia organiza mesa redonda en NY sobre el papel de los jóvenes en la reconstrucción de Haití

Port-au-prince, jueves 21 de julio - El próximo martes 26 de julio tendrá lugar en la sede de Naciones Unidas en Nueva York una mesa redonda sobre el papel de la infancia y los jóvenes en la reconstrucción del país caribeño. El evento ha sido organizado por el Movimiento Mundial por la Infancia junto con UNICEF, la Organización de Estados Americanos, la Misión Permanente de Haití ante la ONU y la OEA, las ONG World Vision y Plan International y la consultora KPMG en el marco de la Reunión de Alto Nivel de la ONU sobre la Juventud los días 25 y 26 de julio en NY. El panel de ponentes estará compuesto por nueve jóvenes haitianos que expondrán la importancia de la implicación y ...

Child Abuse Starts at Home

Guatemala City, Jul 8, 2011 (IPS) - Joshua Kotouc, a doctor from the U.S., came with a group of missionaries to San Miguel Chicaj, a small town in the mountainous province of Baja Verapaz in northern Guatemalan, in 2006. "El Gringo", as he is known in the community, decided to stay on out of "altruistic" motives.But he ended up in jail for sexually abusing young boys.Kotouc opened a health clinic in the village of San Gabriel, offering health care services for a token fee equivalent to just three cents of a dollar, to help the poor community. But he also started to invite young boys over to his house to play video games, watch movies and go on field trips to nearby towns and cities.The local...

Rosa María Ortiz appointed new member of IACHR

Asunción, 8 June 2011 – The latest Assembly of the Inter American Commission on Human Rights – the highest human rights authority in the southern hemisphere and member of the OAS, appointed Mrs Rosa María Ortiz from Paraguay as a new member for her broad experience in the field of human rights, with a special emphasis on Children and adolescent rights. Mrs Ortiz will come into office on 1st of January 2012 and will have a four-year mandate together with Tracy Robinson, from Jamaica; Felipe González, from Chile and Rose-Marie Bella Antoine, from Belize, who have also been newly elected members of the IACHR. Ortiz highlighted her objective of prioritizing prevention and giving a centra...

Rainbow of Colours and Gender Equality at Innovative School

SÃO PAULO, Jul 1, 2011  - In the last three years there have been no teen pregnancies among the youngsters at Casa do Zezinho, an extracurricular educational and cultural facility in Brazil attended by 1,500 children and young people from favelas or shantytowns on the south side of São Paulo. A unique experiment in the sex education workshops has helped prevent teen pregnancy, a problem that tends to lead to school dropout and fuels poverty. Three years ago, a few boys and girls between the ages of 15 and 20 were selected to be the "pregnant" ones in class, and to wear a plastic belly for a few months that grows as the pregnancy advances. The selected youngsters miss out on ...

Deep-Rooted Prejudice Against Immigrants

BUENOS AIRES, Jun 24, 2011 - Although Argentina's immigration law is regarded as one of the most progressive in Latin America, xenophobia and discrimination persist, showing that progress is still more theoretical than practical.Discrimination against foreigners, which cannot be eradicated by words on paper, is experienced by thousands of immigrants in government offices, streets, workplaces, schools and hospitals in Argentina, in spite of the law that recognises everyone's right of free access to all public services. "I often go by the hospital, and it's full of Peruvians and Paraguayans taking the place of Argentines," a woman who says she can recognise "the accents" of patients...

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