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This human rights organization has more than 80, members in Spain, more than working groups, and it is his direct responsibility to run its Central Office where more than 60 employees and more than volunteers work. He lived in several Latin American countries in the early s, including Argentina, Ecuador and Costa Rica, where he worked as an international development consultant within Amnesty International. His work consisted in developing the organization in more than 20 countries in the region.
Until June , he was an investigator for human rights violations in Guatemala, Costa Rica and Panama. His work consisted in documenting and investigating violations of these rights in these countries and designing the lobbying of their governments. As a result of this work, he carried out field work with investigation missions in these countries. In recent years he has also carried out 20 field missions on behalf of Amnesty International, gathering testimonies and talking to the respective governments.
He has also published several articles in Spanish magazines and newspapers on human rights. Additional information: He lived in several Latin American countries in the early s, including Argentina, Ecuador and Costa Rica, where he worked as an international development consultant within Amnesty International.
Demonization speeches are increasingly more evident, more extended and more popular. Certain conditions exist that are systematically taken advantage of to promote demonization policies. Inequality is increasing in many parts of the world, as is the perception of cultural displacement, and politicians take advantage of this sitaution making use of simplified discourse that identify scapegoats to blame for causing a popular sensation of discontent, often migrant people or other minorities.
Hate and fear have passed from being rhetoric to being reality, as many governments have attempted to apply policies that standardise large-scale discrimination of minorities and marginalised groups. With few leaders prepared to stand in defense of human rights in the world scenario, governments are removing without any shame guarantees of human rights protections which has taken a lot of effort to obtain. Faced with this situation, people are mobilising because governments do not satisfy their basic needs, especially in matters of housing, work and economic rights.
The alarming increase in inequality is creating an ideal climate for the exacerbation of the social division, resulting in an increased risk of human rights violations. By denying these human rights, governments are provoking the most absolute desperation. The enormous social and economic difficulties, such as austerity, physical abuse and the lack of government solutions to these problems, could provoke a human rights disaster that would affect millions of people.
An example of this is that, in Europe, citizens took to the street to protest against the harmful effects of the austerity measures in Spain, Greece, UK and Serbia. Research carried out in England listed around , deaths from the cuts in health care and social services During there were considerable cuts in public spending in Indonesia, Mongolia and Sri Lanka. As we approach the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in December , the challenge facing us is obvious.
The time has come to recover the essential idea of the equality and dignity of all persons, of appreciating these values and demanding that they become the basis of policy formulation and its application.
Governments must give priority to human rights both nationally and internationally. With outstanding leaders attempting to undermine fundamental liberties, and war crimes against humanity ignored, the lack of leadership on matters of human rights on a global scale has had dangerous consequences.
Raising your voice has become increasingly more dangerous, and governments must invert this tendency if we want to protect our valued right to freedom of expression. Attacks against the mass media have reached unprecedented extremes, as has happened with attacks against human rights activists. Societies can only flourish if they are prepared to scrutinise those in power, rather than refraining from doing so.
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