More than thirty participants from different Latin American countries will be meeting in Antigua, Guatemala next week, for a regional consultation on peace and human security in the continent.
Organised by the Commission of the Churches on International Affairs (CCIA), in collaboration with Latin American Council of Churches (CLAI) the consultation will be held from 29 November to 2 December 2012.
Drug trafficking, human trafficking, militarisation, small arms, gangs and urban violence are some of the crucial threats to human security faced by individuals and communities in Latin America that will be addressed at the consultation.
“Human security envisages the principle of protecting the vital core of all human lives as well as integrating the values of freedom from fear, want and indignity,” said Dr Mathews George Chunakara, director of the CCIA.
“It is in this context of the Latin American region, that the consultation in Antigua will address the theme of human security and peace,” he added.
At the consultation, participants will also develop ecumenical advocacy strategies with regards to social conflicts, democratic governance and the struggles of Indigenous Peoples.
Speakers will include Joel Ortega Dopico of the Presbyterian-Reformed Church in Cuba, Alberto Brunori from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Guatemala, Jaime Esponda from Chile, Noemi Espinoza from Honduras, Rodrigo G. Tortosa from Argentina, Melissa Vega and Carmen Aida Ibarra from Guatemala.
Representatives of ecumenical and civil society organisations from Brazil, Mexico, Venezuela, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Peru and Bolivia will also be present.
The Antigua consultation is the third in a series of regional consultations organised by the CCIA with a thematic focus on peace and human security.
The consultation will contribute to the theme of the WCC 10th Assembly “God of Life, Lead us to justice and peace”. The assembly will take place in the autumn of 2013 in Busan, Republic of Korea.