Aparecida 82 – Regional Cooperation

The bishops close the section on the socio-political dimension they note the efforts for regional cooperation in paragraph 82:

In Latin America and the Caribbean there is a growing desire for regional integration through multilateral agreements, involving a growing number of countries that establish their own regulations in the fields of trade, services, and patents. Common origin combines with culture, language and religion, and so integration involves not only of markets, but civil institutions and, above all, persons. Similarly positive is the globalization of justice in the field of human rights and of crimes against humanity, which will enable all gradually to live under equal norms, intended to protect their dignity, integrity, and life.

These efforts are, in some ways, efforts that rise from within Latin America and Caribbean. Many of the past and present efforts of regional integration have been fostered by the United States and have, in my opinion, been part of the effort of the US to control the region.

The globalization of justice is indeed an important element of any regional integration, aiding countries to deal with human rights questions beyond national justice systems that sometime aid and abet injustice within their national borders.

Here is an English translation of the 2007 document from the Aparecida Conference.

About John Donaghy

lay missioner with the Catholic diocese of Santa Rosa de Copán, Honduras, since June 2007, living and working in the parish of Dulce Nombre de María.
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