Eight injured, several jailed amid charges students were armed Tear gas filled the air and classes were suspended at universities in San Francisco de Macorís and Santo Domingo, in the Dominican Republic, during student protests […]
Between 2003 and 2004, the National Coordination of Guatemalan Widows (CONAVIGUA) organized 49 exhumations in Comalapa’s former military garrison. This long and arduous process gave way to the retrieval of the remains of 179 wartime victims. Recently CONAVIGUA inaugurated a small memorial chapel in the former military garrison of San Juan Comalapa, as a place to honor the victims of the State-perpetrated genocide. […]
Source: Bolivia Rising In spite of its considerable natural resources, this country of 10 million inhabitants is one of the poorest in Latin America. In 1952 Bolivia went through a major revolutionary upheaval leading to land […]
Thirteen Bari Indians of the Sierra de Perijá mountains in western Venezuela attended an historic hearing at the Supreme Court in Caracas last week, to defend their right to own their ancestral land. Venezuelan law […]
Source: Americas Program The following is the preliminary statement of the International Pre-electoral Observation Mission, presented Feb. 15 to the Colombian press in Bogotá. The Americas Program was privileged to form part of this Mission […]
The Conservatives tabled the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement in Parliament yesterday, reviving a deal many thought better left for dead. Renewed interest in the deal comes weeks after an Amnesty International report found Indigenous peoples in Colombia are at risk of being exterminated by state forces, right wing paramilitary groups and guerrilla organizations.
Although most of the governments in Latin America today are described as progressive, abortion is only legal in one country, while in five countries it is banned under all circumstances, even when the mother’s life is at risk. But draconian laws against abortion that allow very few, or no, exceptions have failed to prevent the average abortion rate in the region from reaching 31 per 1,000 women, two more than the global average, and higher than any other region.
The face of Juan Manuel Martínez Moreno on the day he finally gained release from the infamous prison of Ixcotel showed fear overlaid with joy. On February 18, 2010 he stepped free into the tearful embraces of his wife, children and sister; of a crowd comprised of Section 22 of the National Union of Education Workers (SNTE, in its Spanish initials)[i] led by its Secretary General Aziel Santiago Chepi; of well-wishers; and of journalists.