Quito (Agenzia Fides) - The creation of a school for the promotion, protection and enforceability of human rights in Amazonia, including the rights of Amazon populations to life, health, enjoyment of their own land and self-determination are increasingly being violated, were at the center of the "School of Human Rights" promoted by REPAM (Pan-Amazon Ecclesial Network), with the aim to create a training programme for community leaders and pastoral workers in the Amazon region.
According to information sent to Fides, 25 participants were chosen from five Amazon countries – Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru – who made a great effort to dedicate five weeks to this capacity building process.
The School of Human Rights is not limited to forming its participants, but accompanies them also in the actions in favor of life, human dignity and the defense of Mother Earth in regions of origin. So the 12 cases presented will be followed in a concrete way by the local Church through pastoral operators.
The participants have been selected on the basis of experience in defending cases of serious violation of the rights of people and the environment. They should also have strong local roots, commitment to the Church and its communities, and be able to take on the responsibility of replicating what they have learnt at the school in their local milieu. (SL) (Agenzia Fides 01/06/2016)