Menchú sees the official system of law as a clash with different leaderships

Barranquilla (Colombia), Dec 2 (EFE) .- The Guatemalan indigenous leader and activist Rigoberta Menchú, Nobel Peace Prize winner in 1992, assured this Thursday that she sees ‘Western universal law’ as a clash that prevents the emergence of different leaderships and called on the academy to seek different strategies in this field.

‘Our Western universal right is punishing (…) and it is individual when there is a great way of life that is to prevent. If we prevent, we will have a different leadership in another generation, ‘said Menchú in the panel’ Educate in human rights’ at the World Congress of Jurists held in the Colombian city of Barranquilla.

The activist spoke with the former president of the Dominican Republic Leonel Fernández and the former Ecuadorian president Rosalía Arteaga in a talk that was moderated by the secretary general of the Organization of Ibero-American States for Education, Science and Culture (OEI), Mariano Jabonero.

Menchú described herself as a ‘promoter of extraordinary research’ and invited the academy to design a strategy of this type ‘to see where is the creativity of young people, of peoples, how is the current state of languages, of languages’ .

“Because if we have languages, that surely forms a system, a code of law,” he said.

‘We constantly collide with the official system of law, out of fear that it will punish us and not because of the possibility that we can fully live in a society in coexistence between generations and the diversity that exists. So I am very concerned about the theorization of law, ‘he said.


Arteaga, who was president of Ecuador for a brief and convulsive period of six days between February 6 and 11, 1997 after the fall of Abdalá Bucaram, of whom he had been vice president, expressed concern about the effects that the pandemic may have. on the rights that women have won in recent years.

“Let’s hope that the pandemic does not segregate us again for the private sphere because unfortunately when we see employability rates and participation rates of women in these last two years they have decreased,” he said.

Along these lines, he explained, there have been greater cuts in female employment than male because ‘women have had to choose to stay at home to follow up on schoolwork, or because women’s jobs have been more easily abolished. ‘.

However, she appreciated that “the participation of women in academic positions has grown.”

‘It is no longer an exception to find deans at universities and even female rectors (…). The whole world cannot lose the contingent of women to solve the great challenges we have in climate change, in education, in democracy, in strengthening values, in everything that makes humanity more human, richer, ‘he said.


For Fernández, who was president of the Dominican Republic between 1996 and 2000 and from 2004 to 2012, many Latin American countries continue to see human rights violations despite the fact that they have been immersed in democratic processes for almost four decades.

“The rights to quality education, health and social security are rights that appear rhetorically but in practice the states, for various reasons, sometimes due to lack of budgets, do not comply,” he said.

Two of these are the right to freedom of expression and of the press, since in some cases the states do not guarantee journalists “not to be killed” and in others “the state intervenes directly due to intolerance of criticism.”

The XXVII World Congress of Jurists began this Thursday in Barranquilla, with more than a hundred panels on the fundamental issues that concern the world today, and will be held until Friday, with the assistance of the King of Spain, Felipe VI, and authorities and representatives from all over the world. EFE

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Menchú sees the official system of law as a clash with different leaderships