logo CELACThe Heads of State and Government of the Latin America and the Caribbean States gathered in Costa Rica, on the occasion of the III Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), on January 28th and 29th , 2015,

Concerned by the recurring bullying, and cyber-bullying in the region and by the negative longterm effect that this conduct has on the full enjoyment of human rights of the children and adolescents.

Reaffirming that the Convention on the Rights of the Child is the highest standard in the promotion and protection of the rights of children and adolescents.

Welcoming the resolution “Protecting Children from Bullying”, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on December 18th, 2014:

1. Categorically reject bullying, a conduct that affects the exercise of human rights of children and adolescents, and commit to adopt all necessary measures to prevent and protect children and adolescents, both in schools and in any environment, including the virtual space, from all forms of violence, including bullying, as well as to provide adequate support, both to victims and perpetrators; as actives subjects or passive spectators.

2. Decide also to take steps to prevent bullying, particularly through education and awareness as effective resources in promoting tolerance, inclusion, the sense of dignity, understanding and mutual respect;

3. Recognize that bullying can be associated with stereotypes that cause discrimination based on ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, physical disability or any other difference; therefore, we commit to further the fight against all forms of bullying and discrimination.

4. Recognize the importance of collecting information and statistical data by sex, age and other relevant variables, as a contribution for developing effective public policies against bullying and decide to work in this direction through their appropriate national institutions;

5. Agree to share national experiences and best practices on the prevention and fight against bullying, including cyber-bullying, in the region.

Belén, Costa Rica, January 29th, 2015

 

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