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From the III Latin American Consulation of Human Rights Defenders, Sao Paolo, Brazil, August 2004:

We the undersigned, in the name of our organisations, gathered between 25 and 27 August 2004 in Sao Paolo, Brasil for the 3rd Consultation of Latin American Human Rights Defenders, have created a space for dialogue and exchange on the subject of militarism in our world and in our region; which we perceive as a grave threat and a source of violations of human rights and the rights of nations.

The past and present manifestations of US military presence in our region, and the fatal consequences of that presence in the lives of our peoples, have been a source of great concern for all of us. We point to the military bases installed in Comalapa, El Salvador; in Palmerola, Honduras; in Malta, Ecuador; in Guantanamo, Cuba; in Aruba and in Cura?ao. We point to the contamination caused by toxic chemicals and unexploded munitions in Vieques, Puerto Rico and in Panama. We point to military operations disguised as welfare assistance and the promotion of peace; and to the militarisation of borders in places like Mexico, Argentina and Colombia. We point to military occupations, exercises and interventions; to the training and transfer of military and police personnel and techniques to the region?s armies and security forces via over 200 training centres like the SOA/ WHINSEC (the notorious ?School of Assassins?) and the ILEA (International Law Enforcement Academy). These are just a few of the many worldwide manifestations of this US policy.

Faced with such a grave threat, we feel the need to:

  • Open a space of ongoing contact between our organisations, seeking to stimulate dialogue, exchanges and initiatives in order to pursue this issue further.

  • Pool the information, analyses and learning gleaned from our peoples? experiences of struggle against colonial militarism, military intervention and all other manifestations of this hegemonic policy.

  • Invite and urge other national and regional organisations to incorporate this initiative into their own agendas.

We close by sending our greetings to those behind all similar initiatives in our world, and most especially in our own region of Latin America; in the hope that we can join forces to confront this difficult challenge.

Sao Paolo, Brasil; 27 August 2004

List of subscribing delegates by name, organisation and country of origin:

  • Adri?n Boutureira, SOA Watch, USA.

  • Pablo Mejias, Plenaria Memoria Justicia, Uruguay.

  • Javier Garcia Barrera, artista, Mexico.

  • Son Angel Mosquera, Proceso de Comunidades Negras, Asociacion Nacional de Mujeres Campesinas, Ind?genas y Negras de Colombia, OPF, Colombia.

  • Oscar Anibal Puerto, OFALAM, Honduras.

  • Valeria Pandjiarjian, CLADEM Internacional.

  • Fannie Lafontaine, Avocats Sans Frontiere, Canada.

  • Ema Graciela Romero, SERPAJ / PIDHDD, Uruguay.

  • Andr?s Pav?n Murillo, Comite de Defensa de los Derechos Humanos de Honduras, CODEH, Honduras.

  • Mara Puntano, Piqueteros Salta, Argentina.

  • Julio A. Rosales, Guatemala.

  • Aline Goncalves, Terra de Direitos. Brasil.

  • Luis Gonz?lez Mar?n, Sindicato Unico Nacional de Trabajadores de la Construccion y Similares, SUNTRACS, Panam?.

  • Conrado Sanjur, Coordinadora Popular de Derechos Humanos de Panama, COPODEHUPA, Panam?.

  • Pablo A. De la Vega, Centro de Documentacion en DD.HH. "Segundo Montes Mozo, SJ", Ecuador.

  • Iscra Ch?vez Loaiza, Coordinadora de Derechos Humanos de Peru, Cuzco, Peru.

  • Norbel Mondragon, Coordinadora de Derechos Humanos de Cuzco, Per?.


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