Mexico: No Protection for Activists

December 17, 2011 Daniela Pastrana 0

Gabriel Echeverría de Jesús, 20, and Jorge Alexis Herrera, 21, paid a high price for taking part in student protests in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero: they were killed when police tried to break up their roadblock. The deaths of the student protesters occurred in the midst of a spate of murders of human rights defenders.


Dictatorship Relics in Chile: Paying Homage to Miguel Krassnoff Martchenko

December 14, 2011 Ramona Wadi 0

In another event which exposes the reality of Chilean society’s split memory, an homage to former Dirección de Inteligencia Nacional (DINA) officer Miguel Krassnoff Martchenko was described as an exercise in freedom of expression by mayor of Providencia Christian Labbé, in turn prompting outrage and protests from human rights and activist groups in Chile since its announcement.



Legal Battles in Mexico

December 12, 2011 Dawn Paley 0

In October, U.S. anti-drug czar and former ambassador to Colombia William Brownfield testified about what he called “Merida Part II,” before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere. Brownfield highlighted strengthening Mexican institutions and the “rule of law” as well as promoting civil society participation in anti-crime initiatives as key areas of U.S. Mexico cooperation.


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