posted 11 Dec 2009, 00:44 by Stefan Gigacz
updated 2 Apr 2010, 01:31
AMERICA/MEXICO - “Young people, happy and committed to our rights and duties, for a better world”: Youth Congress on Human Rights
Ciudad Juarez (Agenzia Fides) - With the slogan “Young people, happy and committed to our rights and duties, for a better world,” over 300 young people from Ciudad Juárez on 28 and 29 November, took part in the I Youth Congress on Human Rights, promoted by the Salesian Youth Movement (MGS) in the city. The event gave them the opportunity to reflect, following the method “see-judge-act,” on the importance, the fundamentals and the current situation of respect for the dignity of everyone. It was a exercise conducted in a youthful environment enlightened by faith and with the typical expressions of Salesian spirituality.
Faced with the difficult problems in the city, considered one of the most violent cities in Mexico, on account of the systematic violation of individual and collective rights, the young people expressed their desire not to lose hope, a hope that can be realised if everyone is committed to it.
Through various activities the young people were able to identify the negative situations which touch them in their personal lives and in the places in which they live, work and study. The youngsters highlighted those things which were considered the best means of preventing violations and of promoting respect for the dignity of every one.
As a result of the two days held at the Diocesan Seminary of Ciudad Juárez, the young people produced a joint declaration, publicly proclaimed during the Mass.