South America is an important place for everybody who is interested in human rights. Some experts and government officials on this continent played an important role in the elaboration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948). Ever since, it has seen many interesting initiatives in this field.
Workshop against violence for the parents of the CEV NGO school in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Photo Otto Kölbl, 2011
The articles presented in this section are the result of more than 20 years of contacts with South America and of a recent one-month-trip (July-August 2011). Starting from São Paolo, my son Timothy Loayza and I travelled to La Paz and back again, interviewing many people on the way about human rights and associated topics.
Education is certainly one of the topics where this continent has to offer lots of interesting and innovative ideas. Education is also the field which is most important on average to the people we interviewed. We were especially amazed by the way in which values and human rights were taught to the students, and even to their parents. Many other schools and countries could benefit from the experience which was acquired in this way.
And, of course, South America is a beautiful continent. Within a few hours bus ride, you get from a tropical climate to the freezing cold, but incredibly clear air of the high plains of the Andes. Just have a look at our photo galleries for Bolivia and Brazil!
La Paz in the evening with the Illimani. Photo Otto Kölbl, 2011