Academics highlight values ​​of the proposed Constitution for Chile

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According to the more than 40 signatories, the new Magna Carta creates the legal bases for the southern nation to successfully begin a new stage of equitable growth, and they invited the rest of the world to learn from the initiative.

The draft of the fundamental Law will be approved or not in a popular referendum on September 4, after a strong campaign to attract the vote in favor of one of the options.

The aforementioned letter highlights that in terms of economic development, the constitutional proposal is a visionary document, with prospects of attracting investment, protecting financial stability and promoting development, hence the support expressed in the document.

“(…) we support the visionary document that the Constitutional Convention has produced to ensure sustainable growth and shared prosperity for Chile,” say the signatories, including the former special rapporteur and president of the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Human Rights Cultural Philip Alston.

The statement also highlights the responsibility of the State endorsed in the Magna Carta project in the face of problems that require urgent action such as climate change, sustainable development and economic insecurity.

Other aspects that signify is the recognition of aspects of special human interest and their impact on the necessary economic model of development proposed in the draft of the Constitution.

In this sense, it includes the treatment of gender issues, especially women’s health, the right to reproduction, and the recognition of care work.

They also highlight how to address social security, human rights and access to basic services such as education and health with institutional support.

Among those who signed the document are also the former director of the Globalization and Development Strategies Division at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, Yilmaz Ayküz, and the specialist of the Economic Research Institute of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, Óscar Ugarteche, among others.

If the new Constitution is approved in Chile, it would replace the current one, in force since 1980, drafted and approved by the Military Junta led by the dictator Augusto Pinochet (1915-2006).



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