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FMSI workshop for the Americas

06/11/2013: Brazil

The Marist International Solidarity Foundation (FMSI) organized at the Marist Centre Marcellin Champagnat in Curitiba, Brazil, a Workshop on the follow-up of the Rights of the Child and the Adolescent, animated by Br Manel Mendoza. The meeting took place from 3 to 5 October, and its main reference texts were the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the UNO. The latter is considered an important mechanism for co-operation based on an interactive dialogue between each State examined, the member States and the observers of the Human Rights Council, with regard to each country’s respect for human rights. Ten Marist Provinces and two Districts took part in the session, as well as representatives of FMSI in Rome and Geneva.

During the workshop there was a presentation of the methodology for drawing up, presenting and following up the Universal Periodic Review, on the topics relating to the rights of children and adolescents. The participants had the possibility of discussing the methodology for implementing what concerns this follow-up mechanism and of trying out the process of drafting recommendations based on the guidelines of the Human Rights Committee of the UNO.

A strong point of the meeting was the sharing between the Marist Provinces of the Americas about the actions of defense and follow-up of the rights of children and  adolescents. Among the subjects presented :

* The Observatory of childhood and adolescence – Chile;
* The follow-up system of the Rights of the Child and the Adolescent based on the CADÊ (2009 – 2013) data – Brazil ;
* The Marist Centers of Defense of Children – since 2009 (Marist Solidarity Network – PMBCS) – Brazil ;
* The programme 10 x childhood – Mexico ;
* The Working Group on the Rights of Children of UMBRASIL – Brazil.

For its part, FMSI explained its expectations of the contact person of the Provinces, whose mission is to set up a link with it. The contact person can be a powerful instrument through which FMSI, the Province or the District can work in concert in order to promote the rights of children and young people in our Institute, at all levels, and defend those rights before governments, non-government organizations and other public institutions.

In the course of the meeting, the participants also had the possibility of putting into practice certain actions such as the performance of simulations of sessions of the Human Rights Committee of the UNO for the Universal Periodic Review. In harmony with the directives of the XXI General Chapter of the Institute, the meeting was an  important opportunity for reinforcing the Marist mission directed especially to the defense of the rights of the most vulnerable people, that is, “to become experts in the defense of the rights of children and youth, in a courageous and prophetic manner before society. We feel compelled to go to the confrontation of social, economic, cultural and religious policies which oppress children and youth.” (XXI General Chapter).

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