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Thank you for your comment Maria José. I am aware of the situation in Peru and that anti-migrant trend is just starting in Colombia with 2022 elections in mind. I really hope some guidelines could be developed…
The fact that certain rights (health) are prioritized over others (free movement) in certain circumstances (COVID), does not mean that there is a permanent hierarchy. The international human rights instruments establish the possibility of restricting some rights, but this restriction is not absolute; the exceptional circumstances of that restriction must be reasoned, be proportionate to the harm that is expected to be avoided and be limited in time.
Morality has nothing to do with human rights. For decades, the governments most violating human rights have invoked cultural relativity, customs, and religion as excuses to evade their internal responsibility and accountability.
The hierarchy is, by definition, contrary to the principles of universality, indivisibility and interdependence of human rights, as ratified by the international community in Vienna in 1993. We must avoid falling into the traps of human rights violators who try to disguise their conduct with philosophical arguments unsupported by the roots of human rights.
Hello to everyone.
I am Ligia Bolívar, a Venezuelan living in Bogotá. I am a sociologist and I have a postgraduate degree in human rights. I am currently an associate researcher at the Human Rights Center of the Andrés Bello Catholic University (Caracas), responsible for the area of migrant and refugee rights.
My work focuses on Venezuelan human mobility that began to gain momentum since 2015, until it became the second country to produce forced migrants and refugees.
After several years of work in this field, I feel the need to organize ideas and dedicate some time to reflection and reading, so I believe that this course and the exchange with you will help me to achieve that goal.
See you soon!