Declaration on Uruguay

Meeting of the SI Committee for Latin America and the Caribbean, La Romana, Dominican Republic, 3-4 June 2022


Original: Spanish

The SI Committee for Latin America and the Caribbean congratulates the Uruguayan people for resolving their disputes peacefully and highlights the work of the National Commission for the SI (Pink Ballot) for:

  1. Achieving almost 800,000 signatures, 30% of the electoral roll, achieved one by one, including "the fingerprint of the right thumb", among other demands in the midst of a pandemic, until reaching the objective of calling for citizen consultation;
  2. For the extraordinary vote achieved in the referendum on March 27, very close to achieving victory.

Although the objective of annulling the 135 most negative articles of the Law of Urgent Consideration (LUC) that affected, among other things, the right to strike was not achieved, the popular pronouncement marked the following: 1.- that this type of law is not one you can vote on without a real and deep discussion and even less so in a pandemic; 2.- That there will be no more Laws of Urgent Consideration on more than 40 different themes all together, many of them without any type of urgency, since the attitude of the Uruguayan people, summoned by that citizen movement, does not tolerate it anymore.

It is clear, in view of the Uruguayan experience, that the struggles for principles must be carried out without prejudging the final result.