On June 21, Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the Organization of American States, gave an intervention during the 47th Session of the General Assembly of the OAS during a debate on Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law.
In his statement, Archbishop Auza said that at the heart of human rights is the recognition that all people have inherent equal dignity and worth, flowing from their fundamental right to life. The pillars of integral human development, he stated, all have their common foundation in the right to life. Concern for the neediest, he said, is the yardstick to measure the success or failure of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Archbishop Auza also focused on the role of those in the judicial process, the independence and integrity of the judiciary, the rights of those subject to legal action, and the right to freedom of opinion and expression.