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"Think Before You Act" Campaign

On 11 November 2014, in a ceremony held at the Ministry of Government, the Minister of Government, the Honourable Milton Henríquez, launched the "Think Before You Act" Campaign.The Campaign, referred to as "Piénsalo Antes" in Spanish, is being implemented within the framework of the Prison Reform Process of the Government of Panama.

The campaign is a result of a partnership between the Government, UNODC, the Ibero-American General Secretariat (SEGIB) and the European Union, and its objective is to sensitize vulnerable populations, particularly youth, on the consequences of engaging in criminal activities and the negative impact that imprisonment has on their lives, families and communities. Simultaneously, the campaign is a reminder that the Prison System must ensure the human rights of people living in detention.

The campaign is grounded in the testimonies of men and women deprived of liberty, who tell their personal experiences and ask the audience to 'think twice' before committing a criminal act. A video collecting 10 testimonies will be aired by the main Panamanian TV and radio stations on a daily basis.

The ceremony gathered representatives from the Panamanian Government, the diplomatic corps, the media and civil society, as well as two people deprived of liberty, who provided their testimonies and personal experiences to the audience.

At the event, Minister Henríquez called for smart investments in the Prison System to ensure that men and women deprived of liberty live in an environment that favors re-integration and guarantees their most fundamental human rights. He also highlighted the commitment of Panama to work with other countries to develop new criminal justice initiatives.

Mr. Aldo Lale-Demoz, UNODC Deputy Executive Director, reiterated UNODC's commitment to work with the Panamanian Prison System and highlighted the importance of protecting people deprived of liberty from stigma and discrimination. To ensure that lessons learned in Panama are useful to other countries in the region, Mr. Lale-Demoz called for an independent evaluation of this campaign in due course. He also highlighted the importance of having the European Union as a main partner of this initiative.

Ms. Doris Osterlof, Regional Director of SEGIB for Central America and Haiti, praised the role of the media and civil society organizations as main partners in this campaign and expressed the willingness to work with UNODC on similar initiatives in neighbor countries.

 

María Marquínez

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Yarabis Perea

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Nelly María Sánchez 

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 Cristina Marín 

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Michaell Centeno 

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Arturo Montes 

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Jonathan Hernández 

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Edgardo Martínez 

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