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"It is important to know the legal source in order to be able to defend the rights"

Maruquel Castroverde C., Senior Prosecutor in charge of the Secretariat of Human Rights, Access to Justice and Gender, found the course on the legal capacity of persons with disabilities offered by UNODC "excellent".

"Without a doubt, the knowledge that was shared with us strengthens our technical suitability to serve the administration and colleagues of the institution, enriching the contents of our assistance and replication exercises in teaching and sensitizing this group of people at risk of discrimination because of their condition," Castroverde said.
He will certainly use the knowledge acquired "in technical assistance and in teaching and awareness exercises for himself and for those who share our personal and professional environment.
Knowing the legal source
"Excellent, very informative and with excellent professionals" were the words of Fanny Wong, from the Stand Up and Go Foundation, about this seminar.
She considers it valuable to be trained in this subject because "there is a great lack of knowledge, which leads to human rights violations". She added that "it is important to know the legal source in order to be able to defend rights, and also to be able to exercise them".
How will Fanny Wong put into practice the knowledge she has acquired? "Awareness raising, dissemination and transmission of knowledge in the groups I work with, and in the media to which I have access," she said.
Safeguarding rights
This training led Anadina Quiros to reflect "not only on the aspects that, as judges, we have to give effective access to justice to people with disabilities, but also to understand the different types of disabilities of those who are not effectively recognized as having legal capacity.
This trial judge of Cocle explains that "their rights must be safeguarded, however, sometimes they are not even heard or are required to meet higher standards than other people we say do not have any kind of disability, which obviously makes it difficult for them to be independent and constitutes discrimination.
The knowledge acquired will be put into practice "by recognizing the legal capacity of persons with disabilities and seeking to comply with the rules of Brasilia and implementing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Breaking old archetypes
"Beyond the need to equalize people with any kind of disability, we live with visual impairment by 70%. Doing something now could help our own children. No one is exempt from developing a congenital or acquired disability," explains Yahir Eduardo Leis Alvarado, an advisor at the Electoral Tribunal.
The course on the legal capacity of people with disabilities seemed to him "very current, timely and revealing.
After this training, Leis will work "on dynamics to break old archetypes that generate social discrimination and cases of systemic violence.
Human Rights
This seminar was organized through the Project for the Consolidation of the Criminal Procedure Reform in Panama, together with the Unit of Access to Justice and Gender of the Judicial Branch and the Superior Institute of the Judiciary of Panama "Doctor César Augusto Quintero Correa".
It was held in four sessions and was given by José Viera, a specialist in human rights of persons with disabilities and an invited expert to the United Nations Committee for the Evaluation of States in the Implementation of the Disability Convention.
Participants included judicial officials, public entities, universities, civil society organizations and those interested in learning about the mechanisms for the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in hearings and judicial proceedings.