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OAS-IIN Report Analyzes Empowerment and Protection of the Rights of Children and Adolescents on the Internet

  March 12, 2018

OAS-IIN Report Analyzes Empowerment and Protection of the Rights of Children and Adolescents on the Internet
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The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Inter-American Children’s Institute (IIN) today released the report: “Guidelines for Empowering and Protecting Child and Adolescent Rights on the Internet in Central America and the Dominican Republic” at the OAS headquarters in Washington, DC.

During the event, the Secretary General of the OAS, Luis Almagro, highlighted that the report "represents a first step, by the OAS, to ensure that the Internet is an inclusive, accessible and safe tool for all."

For his part, the Secretary General of the Central American Integration System (SICA), Marco Vinicio Cerezo, commented that "the inequality in the region is reflected in the digital divide that mostly affects vulnerable groups like rural indigenous groups and afro-descendants, and all who live in poverty.”

The report was presented by the OAS Director of the Department of Social Inclusion, Betilde Muñoz-Pogossian, and the Director of the Inter-American Children’s Institute, Victor Giorgi, who explained the methodology, background and main conclusions of the report. The study, available here presents a series of proposals for public policy coordination, Public-Private Partnerships and Interinstitutional Linkages, legal frameworks and measures to reduce the digital divide, and to address issues related to digital citizenship and coexistence and participation.

After the presentation, a debate took place on the guidelines for the empowerment and protection of the rights of children and adolescents on the Internet. The debate included the participation of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Edison Lanza; the Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Commission of Women, Carmen Moreno; the Specialist of the OAS Inter-American Committee against Terrorism (CICTE), Kerry-Ann Barrett; and the Founder and Director of the NGO Asuntos del Sur, Matías Bianchi. The debate was moderated by the Chief of Staff of the SICA General Secretariat, Olinda Salguero, and the concluding remarks were delivered by OAS Secretary for Access to Rights and Equity, Mauricio Rands.

Reference: FNE-93564