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World Peoples’ Summit in Bolivia Condemns Xenophobia, Racism

LADB Article ID: 80370
Category/Department: Region
Date: 2017-08-04
By: Andrés Gaudín

Delegates to the World Peoples Summit (WPS) harshly criticized the xenophobic, racist policies used against migrant populations by governments like those of US President Donald Trump and Argentine President Mauricio Macri. The global meeting was held in the central Bolivian city of Tiquipaya on June 20-21 at the urging of Bolivian President Evo Morales. Nearly 3,000 delegates gathered from 43 countries, from civil and governmental organizations, and from every continent. The summit’s slogan: “For a world without walls; moving toward universal citizenship.” The delegates called for an end to the criminalization of migrants and for the creation of a global ombudsman to ensure the rights of migrants. Delegates also proposed that human trafficking and enslavement should be considered crimes against humanity Speaking as an emissary for Pope Francis, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s secretary of state, encouraged delegates “to continue to seek suitable ways to promote the culture of the gathering and to prevent the devastating effects of climate change, which has become a new factor in the marginalization and expulsion of the most impoverished sectors.”

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