Today, World Humanitarian Day, we call on States, international organizations and international donors to strengthen and support local organizations, which represent the front line of humanitarian work, supporting refugees and migrants in several countries in the region.
At a time when States are making efforts to ensure the welfare of their citizens, civil society is working at the local level to address the needs of the most vulnerable people in underserved areas with little State presence. The region is facing an unprecedented migration crisis and pandemic, situations that will be difficult to address without coordinated efforts and actions between government sectors, civil society and the international community.
We highlight the need to consider the multiple vulnerabilities of refugee, migrant and displaced populations, including women, children, adolescents, youth, the elderly, people with disabilities, indigenous populations, LGBTIQ+ people, people living with HIV, among others. We also advocate the implementation of actions with a focus on gender and human rights that guarantee the prevention of and response to any type of violence, including xenophobia and gender-based violence. We also request the generation of inclusion mechanisms that guarantee the full exercise of rights for all inhabitants of the region.
We reiterate our support and commitment to the States most affected by the crisis, who have demonstrated their willingness to ensure the rights of people in conditions of human mobility and to guarantee their well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we reject any action that represents a double-whammy or conflicts with the cooperative principle of do-no-harm action, such as forced returns and border closures that result in the separation of families and increase the risks of abuse, exploitation and violence directed at refugees, migrants and displaced persons.
The organizations that make up the Coalition of CSOs for the Defense of the Rights of Refugees, Migrants and Displaced Populations in LAC (LAC-CSO Coalition) recognize and appreciate the work of the staff of social organizations that, through humanitarian assistance programs, guarantee the prevalence of our Humanitarian Principles of Humanity, Impartiality, Independence and Neutrality; establish relationships of closeness and trust with host populations and those in human mobility; and support the development and well-being of our region.
Coalition of Civil Society Organizations for the Defense of the Rights of Refugees, Migrants and Displaced Populations in LAC
LAC WDN* Coalition
*The organizations that are part of the “Coalition of Civil Society Organizations for the Defense of the Rights of Refugee, Migrant and Displaced Populations in LAC (LAC WDNR Coalition)” are: CARE, COOPI, HIAS, IPPF/WHR, Norwegian Refugee Council – NRC, Plan International, Oxfam, RET, Save the Children, and World Vision International and the International Federation of Red Cross Societies (IFCR). These organizations have humanitarian assistance programs for displaced migrants, victims of armed conflict and host communities in Venezuela and border and hard-to-reach areas in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, among other countries in the region.
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To fulfill this, we aim to adhere as strictly as possible to the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 (WCAG 2.1) at the AA level. These guidelines explain how to make web content accessible to people with a wide array of disabilities. Complying with those guidelines helps us ensure that the website is accessible to all people: blind people, people with motor impairments, visual impairment, cognitive disabilities, and more.
This website utilizes various technologies that are meant to make it as accessible as possible at all times. We utilize an accessibility interface that allows persons with specific disabilities to adjust the website’s UI (user interface) and design it to their personal needs.
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Our website implements the ARIA attributes (Accessible Rich Internet Applications) technique, alongside various different behavioral changes, to ensure blind users visiting with screen-readers are able to read, comprehend, and enjoy the website’s functions. As soon as a user with a screen-reader enters your site, they immediately receive a prompt to enter the Screen-Reader Profile so they can browse and operate your site effectively. Here’s how our website covers some of the most important screen-reader requirements, alongside console screenshots of code examples:
Screen-reader optimization: we run a background process that learns the website’s components from top to bottom, to ensure ongoing compliance even when updating the website. In this process, we provide screen-readers with meaningful data using the ARIA set of attributes. For example, we provide accurate form labels; descriptions for actionable icons (social media icons, search icons, cart icons, etc.); validation guidance for form inputs; element roles such as buttons, menus, modal dialogues (popups), and others. Additionally, the background process scans all of the website’s images and provides an accurate and meaningful image-object-recognition-based description as an ALT (alternate text) tag for images that are not described. It will also extract texts that are embedded within the image, using an OCR (optical character recognition) technology. To turn on screen-reader adjustments at any time, users need only to press the Alt+1 keyboard combination. Screen-reader users also get automatic announcements to turn the Screen-reader mode on as soon as they enter the website.
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