The children of 18 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, gathered in the Regional Meeting of Children and Adolescents, promoted by REDLAMYC, Latin American and Caribbean Network for the Defence of the Rights of Child, express in this communiqué their deep concern for the withdrawal of their rights and the retrogression of children’s public policies in Brazil, threatening the Statute of Children, and attempting against the principles enshrined in the International Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The Regional Meeting of Children and Adolescents was held in Mexico City from 22 to 26 August 2019 with the aim of discussing the strategy and fight for the right to participation of children, as established by the guiding principles of the International Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The principle of participation along with non-discrimination, adherence to the best interests of the child, the right to life and the right to survival and development form the basis for the realisation of each and every one of the children’s human rights.
The children of Latin America and the Caribbean, by means of their right, raise their voices against the paralysis of the National Council for the Rights of Children and Adolescents of Brazil (Conanda), the blocking of public funds for children’s policies, the prohibition of sexual education in schools, the lack of public policies to promote the integration and cultural diversity of the black community, the continuous attacks on the defenders of children’s rights, and the silencing of the voices of children impeding the full participation and protagonism of the infant-youth population in the conquest of their rights.
Children and young people in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela will not tolerate the Brazilian government to undermine or revoke the promotion and protection of the rights of the child.