Bolivia Hosted the World People’s Conference: “For a World Without Borders towards Universal Citizenship”

Aymara witch doctors attend a ritual during the inauguration of World People’s Conference in Tiquipaya, Cochabamba, Bolivia June 20, 2017

Leaders from four continents met to discuss the humanitarian crisis of refugees and the possibility of a world without borders.

Source: Resumen Latinoamericano / The Dawn News / June 22, 2017

The World People’s Conference “For a World without Borders Towards Universal Citizenship”, which is held in Tiquipaya, center Bolivia, began on Tuesday with a respectful minute of silence for the refugees of the world. Above all, for those who lost their lives fleeing from war, hunger or natural disasters.

In his inaugural speech, Bolivian President Evo Morales denounced—without giving names—that the same agents that cause war and cause displacements and migrations are those who close the doors of their countries and build walls to prevent people from saving their lives.

The Bolivian head of State proposed to the forum, which included the former presidents of Colombia (Ernesto Samper), Ecuador (Rafael Correa) and Spain (José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero), a “joint debate to seek solutions or strategies to oppose to these walls”. Evo Morales has been for a long time a defender of a “Universal, Plurinational Citizenship” that liberates people from the constraints of political borders.

“Walls between peoples are an attack against humanity—they don’t protect, they create conflict (…). They go against the history of humanity, they mutilate science and knowledge, they spark hatred towards what’s different, they drown freedom”, Morales said.

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