"In this context of planetary crisis, we call on all our fellow judges of the Americas to assume the role that this time demands of us, coordinating efforts, designing strategies and fundamentally ratifying our commitment to human dignity and global peace on a daily basis, as well as for the fulfilment of human rights in all dimensions".

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A new disease:
inequity and asymmetry

The Judges and Judges of the Pan American Committee for Social Rights and Franciscan Doctrine, warn that a terrible disease is advancing in the world, almost like a virus, about which little is said but which kills so much more than SARS-COv-2: it is INEQUALITY, ASYMMETRY; and they request urgent tax reforms that impact with precision and effectiveness on the fortunes of minorities to generate resources destined to the satisfaction of basic needs.

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Solidarity with the original peoples of Peru

The Pan-American Committee of Judges for Social Rights and Franciscan Doctrine, having received a request for support from Organizations of Indigenous or Native and Afro-Peruvian Peoples, spoke expressing its deep solidarity with the Indigenous or Native Peoples and Afro-Peruvians, which make up more 30% of the population of Peru, and have a long history of fighting for their rights and building a plural society

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Condemnation of the situation of violence and human rights violations in Colombia

The Pan American Committee of Judges for Social Rights and Franciscan Doctrine, in the face of the serious events that occurred in the sister Republic of Colombia, condemns the situation of violence and systematic violations of Human Rights, as well as the state repression indiscriminate; as it also maintains that the conduct of sectors that generate violence with the veiled intention of destabilizing a government democratically elected by the Colombian people is unacceptable. The channel of opposition to reforms, obviously unpopular and that violate social rights, is not indiscriminate violence per se.

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Detect and neutralize lawfare

In June 2019, on the occasion of the first Pan American Summit of Judges, held at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, Pope Francis expressed his concern "for a new form of exogenous intervention in the political scenarios of the countries, through the use of improper legal procedures and judicial typifications ". He added that "lawfare, in addition to putting the democracies of the countries at serious risk, is generally used to undermine emerging political processes and tend to systematically violate social rights." The Supreme Pontiff asserted that "to guarantee the institutional quality of the States, it is essential to detect and neutralize this type of practice, which results from improper judicial activity in combination with parallel multimedia operations."

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Judges Intercontinental Event
"Building the New Social Justice"

November 30 and December 1, 2020. Representatives from Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, United States, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Morocco, México, Perú, Uruguay and Venezuela.

"Solidarity is also to fight against the structural causes of poverty, inequality, lack of work, land and housing"

(Francisco, Fratelli Tutti)

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The false tension between law
of intellectual property and the rights to health and life

The Pan American Committee of Judges for Social Rights and Franciscan Doctrine expressed its concern about the lack of availability, accessibility and affordability of vaccines against Covid-19 for the entire world population, especially for the poorest people. In the document entitled "THE FALSE TENSION BETWEEN THE RIGHT TO INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND THE RIGHTS TO HEALTH AND LIFE", it expressly requests the World Trade Organization to give a favorable response, and immediately, to the proposal of India and South Africa on exemption from the execution, application and fulfillment of some obligations of the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights, in relation to vaccine patents.

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Judges Intercontinental Event
"Building the New Social Justice"

November 30 and December 1, 2020. Representatives from Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, United States, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Morocco, México, Perú, Uruguay and Venezuela.

"Solidarity is also to fight against the structural causes of poverty, inequality, lack of work, land and housing"

(Francisco, Fratelli Tutti)

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Rejection of the persecutory practices against Judge Valdete Souto Severo

The Pan American Committee of Judges for Social Rights and Franciscan Doctrine, COPAJU, created in June 2019 together with His Holiness Pope Francis, makes public its position on the request for reports promoted by the National Corregidor of Justice of Brazil, Minister Humberto Martins, against Judge Valdete Souto Severo based on the alleged violation of the Organic Law of the National Magistracy and Resolution 305/2019 of the National Council of Justice of Brazil. The magistrate published, dated

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Ten reflections
on the pandemic crisis

In the context of the planetary crisis caused by the COVID 19 pandemic, the Pan American Committee of Judges for Social Rights and the Franciscan Doctrine, shares with the collective of magistrates of our Americas and with public opinion in general, ten reflections to keep in mind at the time of judicial action, with the fervent hope that they can be useful when making decisions. The axes of the statement focus on: 1. The Pandemic. 2. The False Options. 3. The Decomposition of the System. 4. The Death of Neoliberal Law. 5. The Discarded. 6. The DESCA. 7. Equal Distribution of Wealth. 8. New Democracy and New Information Order. 9. Violence, Racism and Discrimination. 10. Creativity.

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Called to Brazil
in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic

The Pan American Committee of Judges for Social Rights and Franciscan Doctrine calls on Brazil and its different institutional expressions to join forces in order to immediately adopt greater sanitary measures in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic; as well as to cease the conduct of the federal government regarding the unbridled institutional destabilization race that it is carrying out.

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Pope Francis warns about the "viral genocide" and describes the real "plague"

of the social future

In a letter addressed on Saturday, March 28, 2020 to the President of the Pan American Committee of Judges for Social Rights, the Holy Father outlined important definitions about the present and the future in the framework of the current COVID19 Pandemic.

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The Committee repudiates the suspension
by Judge Daniel Urrutia Labreaux

Faced with the decision of the Court of Justice of Santiago, based in Santiago de Chile, to suspend Judge Daniel Urrutia Labreaux on the occasion of having resolved the conversion of the preventive detention of a group of people in home detention within the framework of the covid19 pandemic, the PAN AMERICAN COMMITTEE OF JUDGES AND JUDGES FOR SOCIAL RIGHTS AND THE FRANCISCAN DOCTRINE, based in the City of Buenos Aires and based at the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences in Vatican City, makes public its repudiation and exhorts A THE SUPREME COURT OF JUSTICE OF CHILE as the highest Chilean judicial authority to quickly reverse the shameful decision of the court of Santiago.
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The Pan-African Committee was established

During the Summit of African Women Judges and Prosecutors on Trafficking in Persons and Organized Crime, held on December 12 and 13 at the Vatican, the Pan-African Committee of Judges for Social Rights and the Franciscan Doctrine, formed for seven women: Mina Sougrati (Morocco), AubiergeOilviaHungbo-Kploca (Benin), Agatha AnulikaOkeke (Nigeria), Hannah Okwengu (Kenya), Jacqueline Rugemalila (Tanzania), Audrey Mashigo (South Africa), and Joyce Kavuma (Uganda). Pope Francis signed the Constitutive Act. It is estimated that during 2020 the Pan-African Committee and the Committee will meet at a summit and establish joint actions.

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The Pan-American Committee looking towards Africa

Pope Francis and Monsignor Sánchez Sorondo together with members of the Promoting Board of the Pan-American Committee (Roberto Gallardo, Ana Algorta Latorrre, María Julia Figueroa Vivas and TamilaIpema), during the Summit of African Women Judges and Prosecutors on Trafficking in Persons and Organized Crime (December 12 and 13 in the Vatican).

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Second Session Peru

In Peru, in the city of Lima (December 4) and in Pucallpa (December 5, 6 and 7) in the framework of the VI International Meeting of Judicial Branch and VIII National Meeting of Presidents of Superior Courts of Justice and District Officers of Access to Justice, the Second Session of the Promoting Board of the Pan-American Committee of Judges for Social Rights and Franciscan Doctrine was held. Theparticipantswere Janet Tello Gilardi (Peru), Roberto Andrés Gallardo (Argentina), Ana Algorta Latorre (Brazil), María Julia Figueredo Vivas (Colombia), and TamilaIpema (USA). Daniel UrrutiaLaubreaux (Chile) was absent for personal reasons, as was Gustavo Daniel Moreno (Argentina) for institutional reasons in his country.

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Letter of Pope Francis

On the occasion of the First Session of the Promoting Board of the Pan-American Committee of Judges for Social Rights and Franciscan Doctrine, Pope Francis sent a letter to the Pan-American magistrates, and especially to the Brazilian judges participating in the International Seminar on Judicial Independence and Democracy. After giving his support to the Committee, highlighting “that there is much to do and the task is arduous”, the Holy Father ratified his position on the Judicial Branch against governments that violate social rights.

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Photo and Video Gallery
A complete review of the Committee's activities in various audiovisual material.