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The City of Sant Boi has a long tradition in the fight for solidarity, development and human rights resulting over the years in different programs, plans, and activities. Actually, Sant Boi allocates 0,83% of its own resources to development cooperation with the impoverished countries and to the awareness of citizens.
One of the main activities is the meeting “Barrejant”, which in 2016 celebrated its 20th edition. On 23 March 1996, it was organized on the “Parc de la Muntanyeta” of Sant Boi de Llobregat the first edition of “Barrejant”, in the European Youth Campaign against Racism, Xenophobia, Antisemitism, and Intolerance, with the slogan “All Different, all Equal” driven by the Council of Europe. Since then, the “Barrejant” has held a number of characteristics: citizen participation (involvement of cooperation, solidarity, cultural and social organizations in the event management); commitment to solidarity (going beyond a simple multicultural show and seeking concrete actions of solidarity for various causes) and a program of activities including debate and reflect, and recreational and cultural activities (roundtables, exhibitions, speeches, musical o children performances). Each year, the “Barrejant” has used a thematic axis that has given consistency to the activities of that year, and human rights have been involved in all editions.
Sant Boi’s commitment to human rights has been developed in a variety of educational and training activities for solidarity, both intended for schoolchildren (primary and secondary) and for the general citizenship. Through different campaigns and actions aimed at raising citizens’ awareness of the imbalances between North and South, the implication of the population as a central element in the fight for equity and global justice is sought. Education for development works for the access to information and the development of a critical attitude.
These actions and activities to promote human rights were a major milestone with the welcome by the city of María Doris Rios Rivera, Colombian human rights defender who lived in Sant Boi between August 2010 and February 2011 in the framework of human rights defenders program driven at the time by the “Oficina de Promoció de la Pau i els Drets Humans de la Generalitat de Catalunya”. Since then, the Council of Sant Boi de Llobregat has raised its participation in the project “Ciutats defensores dels drets humans” as a further step in the promotion of human rights.
In the last two years, the City Council of Sant Boi has also made a clear commitment to the defense of the human right to asylum and the rights of refugees, which has become effective with the implementation of a “Pla Municipal d’Acollida” in the city that, through an agreement with the “Comissió Catalana d’Ajuda al Refugiat”, that in 2016 has allowed to cover up to 26 places in the city.
In Addition, the Council has been a pioneer on the realization of two external and independent audits of human rights (2003 and 2009) the results of which have been transferred to local public policies.