Category: South America

Latin America, the world’s deadliest region for environmental activism

Latin America, the world’s deadliest region for environmental activism

“In commemoration of the World Environment Day, 5th of June 2019” By Andrea Marzeth Padilla, Louise Vingert & Mariana Garrido Latin America (LATAM) is the most dangerous region for defenders of the environment and land, comprising six of the ten deadliest countries for environmental defenders: Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Honduras and Nicaragua [1]. According to…

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The Demise of the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG): An experiment in Central American Accountability

The Demise of the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG): An experiment in Central American Accountability

Guatemalans have welcomed the anti-impunity commission that works to combat high level corruption and abuses, but after over a decade of prominent arrests and government pushback, Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales threatened a pre-emptive withdrawal from the effort in January 2019. The decision is tied to a pattern of US-led norm breaking, with implications for justice…

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Women’s reproductive health rights and the economic crisis in Venezuela

Women’s reproductive health rights and the economic crisis in Venezuela

“Venezuela is stuck in a severe economic crisis. Inflation rates are reaching 1,000,000 per cent while GDP is falling by 18 per cent. But the crisis is not simply economic: it has also become a severe health crisis by which women are disproportionately affected. Their fundamental rights to sexual and reproductive health are infringed. As…

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