This is the text of the Final Declaration of the World Conference of the Peoples for a World without Walls towards Universal Citizenship, which took place in Tiquipaya, 400 km from La Paz, between Tuesday and Wednesday.
“The social movements, and citizens of the world, meeting in Tiquipaya, after listening to the testimonies of migrants and refugees, and collectively discussing our historical memory and the plurality of our identities, approve the following Declaration, in order to make clear Our vision and proposals before the States and the International Community in relation to the so-called migratory crisis.
The peoples of the world are aware of the need to continue to push more strongly a new world order, whose characteristics are:
The establishment of relations of complementarity, equity and solidarity between people and peoples; The recognition and universalization of access to basic services as fundamental rights, which can not be the object of profit and speculation of private groups.
The widest citizen participation in the elaboration and implementation of public policies transcending oligarchies, dynasties, monarchies and other forms of political hierarchies.
A new international financial architecture, where multilateral agencies do not exist at the service of transnational capital and guarantee the social ownership of natural resources.
Harmonious coexistence with Mother Earth and respect for her rights; Assuming that nature can live without humans, but human beings can not live apart from it, violating their rights and destroying the habitat.
The construction of true peace, which is not only the absence of war, but also the overcoming of structural violence that results in equitable access to wealth and development opportunities.
We have witnessed as the main causes of this crisis war conflicts and military interventions, climate change and huge economic asymmetries between and within States. These destructive situations have their origin in the dominant world order, which in its voracity overstated by profit and appropriation of the common goods generates violence, promotes inequalities, and destroys Mother Earth. The migratory crisis is one of the manifestations of the integral crisis of neoliberal globalization.
Human mobility is a right rooted in the essential equality of the human being. However, in most cases, it does not respond to a voluntary decision of the people but to situations of necessity that reach the extremes of a forced migration. The pain of uprooting is compounded by the situations of injustice, exclusion, discrimination and exploitation suffered by people in transit and in receiving countries that violate their dignity, their basic human rights, and in many cases against their own lives.
Hegemonic discourses, fostered by transnational media corporations, promote a negative view of migrants, hiding the contributions they make to the receiving countries in economic, demographic and socio-cultural terms. We see with concern the advance of neo-colonial, intolerant and xenophobic positions that undermine cooperation among the Peoples and constitute a real threat to world peace. Paradoxically, these positions hold from the centers of global power, the main responsible for structural violence, planetary inequity and climate change, to the detriment of creditors of social and environmental debt: the poor and the poor.
That is why, from the social bases promote the following decalogue proposals to tear down the walls that divide us and build a Universal Citizenship, which enshrines the right of everyone to have and enjoy in full the same rights, to live Well of humanity.
1. Overcoming the hegemonic perspective of migration policy that poses a “regular, orderly and safe migration management”, with a humanist vision that allows “to welcome, protect, promote and integrate” migrants.
2. Reject the criminalization of migration that conceals false approaches to security and control. In particular we demand the elimination of “detention centers for migrants”.
Demand the destruction of physical walls that separate peoples; Invisible legal walls that persecute and criminalize; Mental walls that use fear, discrimination and xenophobia to separate us between siblings. Similarly, we denounce the media walls that disqualify or stigmatize migrants, and we bet to promote the creation of alternative means of communication.
3. To create a Global People’s Ombudsman for the Rights of Migrants, Refugees, Asylumes, Stateless Persons, Trafficking Victims, and to promote free mobility and human rights.
We ask the people and government of Bolivia to manage the creation of a coordination secretariat to enforce the resolutions of this declaration of the World Conference of Peoples for a World without Walls towards Universal Citizenship.
4. To require governments to create and / or strengthen Regional Citizenships that allow intra-regional mobility and the full exercise of their rights, as a bridge towards universal citizenship.
5. To demand that public expenditures for war and the criminalization of migrants be used to create integration programs that guarantee the full exercise of the rights of migrants and their families.
6. Promote local policies that allow integrating cities and societies, where the rights to housing, health, education, social security, under the principles of complementarity, solidarity, brotherhood and diversity become effective in the daily lives of migrants.
7. To call on all governments of the world to jointly combat criminal networks trafficking in human beings and to declare trafficking in and trafficking in persons a crime against humanity.
8. Update, strengthen and advance the multilateral system and its international instruments on migrants, refugees and their families, in particular:
(A) the “International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families”, as it has not been ratified by any northern migrant-receiving country;
(B) UNHCR Convention on the Status of Refugees and incorporate new concepts concerning displaced persons and climate refugees.
(C) Actively participate in the negotiation of the Global Compact to be held in the United Nations in 2018;
D) To proclaim in the General Assembly of the United Nations the International Decade for a World without Walls towards Universal Citizenship.
9. Overcoming the “rigid boundaries” approach with a vision that understands them as bridges of integration for unity among peoples and the reception of migrants, where the fight against transnational organized crime is dealt with in a framework of cooperation between the State.
To promote good living in migrants’ places of origin, so that mobility is always voluntary and not forced as an effect of poverty, violence and climate change, denouncing the impact of the irresponsible actions of transnational corporations and applying Sanctions to those that attempt against the permanence of the families in their place of origin.
10. To promote popular mobilization at the global level, so that the inalienable character of the rights of persons in mobility can be recognized in intra and international instances to overcome the blockades, interventions and walls, which are unilaterally raised by the powerful to perpetuate inequality and Social injustice in the world.
Spanish Source: Resumen Latinoamericano
The World Peoples’ Conference Tiquipaya Declaration calls for demolishing walls and building universal citizenship.
At the closing of the World Peoples’ Conference Wednesday in the city of Tiquipaya, Bolivia, social movements called for a “world without walls,” while Bolivian President Evo Morales urged social movements to adopt the progressive proposals of the gathering’s final declaration, which dubbed the migration crisis as just one sympton of neoliberal globalization.
The Tiquipaya Declaration resulting from the two-day conference established a number of proposals that call for demolishing walls and building universal citizenship as foundations for pushing back against the rising tide of criminalizing migration.
“Human mobility is a right rooted in the fundamental equality of human beings,” read the final declaration. “However, in most cases, it is not a response to people’s voluntary decision but situations of need that reach extremes of forced migration.”
“Building true peace, which isn’t only the absence of war but also overcoming structural violence, to translate into equitable access to wealth and opportunities for development,” the declaration continued. “We have outlined as main causes of this crisis war and military interventions, climate change and the enormous economic asymmetries between and within states.”
“Planet or death, we will win! #WorldWithoutWalls”
Among the declaration’s various proposals was a call to create a Global People’s Ombudsman, an entity that would ensure the rights of migrants, refugees, asylum-seekers, stateless persons and victims of trafficking.
It also demanded that public expenditures for war and the criminalization of migration be used to create “integration programs that guarantee the full exercise of the rights of migrants and their families,” condemning criminalization and detention of migrants as misguided approaches.
Bolivian social organizations present also requested the unity of “Pachamama’s children” to guarantee a world without walls.
“At the work tables we have worked in a participatory way … we have decided at the tables to articulate with social organizations throughout the world … to ensure a dignified world, a world without walls, a world without frontiers,” pressed Juanita Ancieta, executive secretary of the Confederation of Campesina Women of Bolivia.
Bolivia’s minister of government, Carlos Romero, told the 1,500 delegates from Bolivia and some 700 foreign delegates from more than 30 countries, “We must take our voice to the United Nations, to the G-77 plus China, to the European Union, to the South American Parliament, to … boost the united voice of the people.”
The conference, the third of its kind put on by Morales, began on World Refugee Day Tuesday with an implicit critique of U.S. President Donald Trump’s xenophobic policies, epitomized in his chief campaign promise of building a massive wall along the 1,954-mile border with Mexico.
“In Latin America, invasions and colonization have imposed borders upon us,” Morales told the delegates Tuesday. “An illegal human being cannot exist in the world — a human being without community, without freedom, without citizenship.”
“Walls are an attack against humanity,” he continued. “Walls don’t protect.”
Morales also assured that with the unity of social organizations and leftist political parties, revolutions in the world would be “unstoppable” and highlighted the struggle and victories of the Bolivian people as an example against the aggression of both capitalism and imperialism.