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Youth movements unite!

A conference to share ideas and knowledge of youth movement activities defending human rights will be held in Berkshire, UK, from the 6th to the 10th May.

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Movimientos juveniles, ¡Uníos! 3Young people have occupied squares and streets alike, using their voices to defend their rights and freedoms and have indeed assumed a key role in strengthening democracy in the 20th century.

In Chile, there are youth protests in favour of free, universal education; in Egypt and other Arab countries, young people are the protagonists in the fall of dictatorial regimes; and in Europe, thousands of adolescents are protesting against a labour-filled future worthy of the economic crisis.

Youth movements have erupted in different parts of the world. They openly call for a change in the social, economic and political systems.

Youths have organized themselves into groups to face the violation of their human rights. In terms of the world population, the under 25’s equate to 40% of inhabitants.

Movimientos juveniles, ¡Uníos! 6According to the United Nations, this is a segment of the population “facing many challenges” due to the current financial crisis and high unemployment levels.

Latin America is one of the regions in the world which has seen youth movements erupt with great force. Andrés Manuel López Obrador, presidential candidate of the leftist coalition Progressive Movement of Mexico, confirmed the birth of the student movement “I am 132” and that “the generation has emerged which will transform the country.”

Movimientos juveniles, ¡Uníos! 5The politician, pleased with the advocacy role of young people in this Central American country, said that he thought “young people had been sleeping, were apathetic and uninterested in anything that was happening.”

Behind ‘#I am 132’ hides the student union against current Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto, who came to power on December 1st 2012.

Movimientos juveniles, ¡Uníos! 8Youth movements can be found across the globe. In order to join forces, share experiences and knowledge, an educational meeting will take place in Berkshire, United Kingdom, entitled “The Rights and Human security conference”.

According to organisers, the event aims to unite the youth, activists and organisations defending human rights on the same stage for further, worldwide action.

Movimientos juveniles 1The conference seeks to analyse and discuss issues such as human rights, the rights of women and children, rape, human security and the role that developed powers should assume in defending universal human rights.

The event will take place between the 6th and 10th of May, in Berkshire. Visit the website for more information: http://ntp-es2005.eventbrite.com/?rank=56.

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(Translated by Marie-Thérèse Slorach – Email: marietherese.slorach@gmail.com)

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