Gibbons, Elizabeth (2007). "The Convention on the Rights of the Child and Implementation of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in Latin America" Paper presented at the 4th annual conference of the HDCA, 18-20 September 2007, New York, USA.

For many ordinary people struggling to survive in Latin America, the concept of “human rights”—limited to a traditional interpretation of civil and political rights—is far too abstract to have relevance to their personal lives. Indeed, in Guatemala as late as 2000— four years after the signing of the Peace Accords which ended 35 years of civil war—in a public opinion poll, 32% of the respondents declared that the word “democracy” was unknown to them.