Third World Symposium: Humanists Propose Latin-American Campaign for the Reduction of Regional Military Spending
LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN, 12 Nov 2012
During the panel on Government Policies, “A new humanism for the New Civilisation”, Tomas Hirsch, Chilean humanist, proposed that, even if governments are doing, and must continue to do, their part to eliminate inequalities, they can’t do it alone. It’s essential, said Hirsch, to humanise society.
From this perspective, it is necessary to move towards more participative democracies, to open the borders to all Latin-American citizens, to regulate from the grassroots the relationship between businesses, the financial sector and government. In addition, it is necessary to go further with the Treaty of Tlatelolco, promoting as a priority the reduction of military spending.
Tomas Hirsch launched the humanist proposal to work in a big Latin-American campaign to reduce military spending in Latin-America and the Caribbean and redirect this spending towards health, education and the quality of life of our population. “We will advance in this proposal and we invite you all to join us,” Hirsch concluded.
Tony Robinson is the spokesperson for World without Wars and Violence.
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