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Three dictatorships in Latin America on International Human Rights Day

In Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela, above all, no reference will be made. Or if any is done it will sound ironic. Like the one made on the morning of December 10 by Granma, the official newspaper of the Cuban Communist Party, regarding a new...

Cartel sieges leave Mexicans wondering if criminals run the country

Recent deadly attacks by criminal organizations have instilled fear across Mexico. In mid-October, shootouts between cartels and police in the states of Guerrero and Michoacán killed over 30 people. And a 12-hour criminal assault on Culiacán, Sinaloa, after Mexican security forces captured the son of...

4 out of 10 Costa Ricans still believe that there are careers for men only

"There are careers that are considered male or only for men." With this affirmation, 4 out of 10 Costa Ricans agree, as reflected in the National Survey of Perception of Human Rights of Women in Costa Rica (Encuesta Nacional de Percepción de Los Derechos...

Mexican president López Obrador has a woman problem

After the leftist firebrand Andrés Manuel López Obrador won the Mexican presidency in a landslide last year, he vowed to “govern for all, starting with the poor.” In Mexico, “the poor” includes many women, who earn 34% less than men for doing the same job....

Costa Rica Must Guarantee Human Rights of People Fleeing Nicaragua Crisis

The international community must support Costa Rica in its efforts to receive, protect and support people fleeing the human rights crisis in Nicaragua, said Amnesty International. “Forced migration is a consequence of the serious human rights crisis in Nicaragua. The impact of President Ortega’s government’s...

Caught in the middle of Venezuela’s politics, China mulls options

Chinese diplomats in Caracas are working day and night to help Beijing determine how best to deal with Juan Guaido, the self-declared leader of Venezuela who may not favor continuing the oil-for-loans deals that have underpinned China’s relations with Venezuela for years. Venezuelan opposition leader...

Mexico: Caravan Migrants Protest Closure of Shelter in Tijuana

Mexican federal police closed a migrant shelter in the border city of Tijuana Friday, prompting protests by Central Americans who remained there after traveling in the migrant caravan to the United States. Authorities in Tijuana cited sanitary reasons for the closure of the shelter named by the migrants...

US Court Rejects Trump Administration’s Attempt to Reinstate Asylum Ban

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in San Francisco denied Friday the Donald Trump Administration's judicial maneuver to delay Judge Jon Tigar's order blocking enforcement of its asylum policy. "We agree with the district court that the rule is likely inconsistent with...

Thousands Evacuated as Guatemala Volcano Erupts Again

(TelesurTv) Authorities in Guatemala declared a red alert and evacuated around 4,000 people early Monday after the country's fiery Fuego volcano erupted for the fifth time this year, sending bursts of ash and lava down the mountain. The volcano last erupted in early November without...

Human rights group barred from entering Nicaragua

Human rights campaigners from the Center for Justice and International law (CEJIL)  – Centro por la Justicia y el Derecho Internacional – said immigration authorities blocked them from entering Nicaragua on Friday and forced them to return to Costa Rica. A three-member delegation from the...

Nicaragua’s Ortega Accuses Costa Rica of ???

The government of Nicaragua's Daniel Ortega, last week, before an international stage, on Friday, accused the Costa Rican government of “many dead” during the ongoing strike by public sector workers against the Plan Fiscal (tax reform) and incurring “massive human rights violations” during the...

Almagro: “Cuban model” is exported to Nicaragua

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, assured that the Nicaraguan government adopted the “Cuban model of repression” and has used it during the last six months of the sociopolitical crisis, the same forms of state abuse that are...

Costa Rica Grants Political Asylum to Nicaraguan Human Rights Activist Alvaro Leiva

Costa Rica has officially granted political asylum to the executive secretary of the Nicaraguan Association for Human Rights (ANPDH), Alvaro Leiva, months after he fled his country due to death threats. Leiva sought the protection of Costa Rica, approaching the Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores y...

The Netherlands and Luxembourg suspend cooperation

The Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, the first two governments that officially suspend cooperation projects in Nicaragua, after last Wednesday the Organization of American States (OAS) issued a resolution condemning the repression of the Nicaraguan population. The two countries announced...

Civic Alliance calls for sit-in and march in Nicaragua

The Civic Alliance today called a sit-in for this Wednesday, July 4, and a march on Saturday, July 7, as part of the protests against the government of Daniel Ortega. In addition, they demanded the release of the people who are in the prison of...

Chile: Sex Change No Longer Required To Alter Gender Identity

Chile's Supreme Court has ruled 4-1 that transgender citizens can change their name and sex on state registries without needing a sex-change operation to prove their gender identity. The ruling said that Chile is part of several international human rights accords, including the American Convention...

Hondurans March Against US Base After Trump Termination of TPS

Hundreds of people gathered in front of the U.S. embassy in the Honduran capital Tegucigalpa Saturday to protest Washington's decision to cancel the Temporary Protected Status (TPS), which granted protection status to nearly 60,000 Honduran immigrants. The program protected nearly 56,000 Hondurans and offered respite...

Peru’s Fujimori Faces New Charges Over Forced Sterilizations

Peru's disgraced former President Alberto Fujimori and three of his health ministers will have charges reissued against them for the alleged forced sterilization of women during his term. As part of a government program, doctors operated on about 300,000 women, mostly poor and Indigenous. Thousands...

‘People Hate Us, We Might Move To Spain’

Costa Rica's first and only same-sex married couple are worried about their future in Costa Rica as the nation prepares to go to the polls this Sunday, April 1. Evangelical preacher Fabricio Alvarado faces former minister Carlos Alvarado in an election dominated by the issue...

UN Human Rights Council Condemns Sanctions Against Venezuela

The United Nations Human Rights Council (OHCHR ) has adopted a resolution proposed by the Movement of Non-Aligned Countries (NAM) condemning economic sanctions against Venezuela by the United States, Canada, the European Union and their allies. The United Nations Human Rights Council has adopted a resolution...

Automated Digital Tools Threaten Political Campaigns in Latin America

(IPS) - The use of technological tools in political campaigns has become widespread in Latin America, accompanied by practices that raise concern among academics and social organisations, especially in a year with multiple elections throughout the region. The use of automated programmes – known as...

Moralist Upsurge in Brazil Revives Censorship of the Arts

RIO DE JANEIRO (IPS) - It is not yet an official policy because censorship is not openly accepted by the current authorities, but de facto vetoes on artistic expressions are increasing due to moralistic pressures in Brazil.   The offensive affects the artistic world in general,...

Costa Rica’s Foreign Ministry Initiates Notification Process To Execute Court Order On Gay Marriage

The notification to public institutions to implement the order of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR), based in Costa Rica’s capital San Jose, on gay marriage was made this Friday. On Tuesday, the Court ruled that the countries that it oversees should treat same-sex...

2018 Will Be the ‘Year of Liberation’ in Honduras: Zelaya

Former Honduran President Manuel Zelaya has said that 2018 will be the “year of liberation” for the Honduran people. In a written statement posted to his Twitter account, head of the Opposition Alliance invited everyone to “continue to take to the streets" until the “capitalist...

Same-sex Marriage Conference To Take Place in Costa Rica

Activists from across the Western Hemisphere will gather in Costa Rica this week for the first of its kind conference, the Civil Marriage Equality Congress, that will focus on marriage rights for same-sex couples in Latin America. The I Congreso de Matrimonio Civil Igulalito is scheduled...

Mexican Immigrants Help Sustain Two Economies – and Are Discarded

(IPS) - They work for years to bolster the economies of two countries. For one, the United States, they provide labour and taxes; for the other, Mexico, they send remittances that support tens of thousands of families and communities. Then they are deported, and...

Solis Meets With Canada’s PM To Discuss Visas For Costa Ricans Among Other Topics

In the United States, among other world leaders, to address the United Nations General Assembly this week, on Wednesday Costa Rica President Luis Guillermo Solis met with Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. In the meeting, the Canadian PM offered to review the procedure for Costa...

Venezuela: Wave of arrests as government turns against elected opposition

TODAY VENEZUELA - The arrest of four officials from the opposition in Venezuela, the removal from office of a further 11 and the issuing of arrest warrants against another five, demonstrates the Maduro administration’s tightening stranglehold on any form of dissent, taking repression to...

Almost Half of Argentina’s Children Live in Poverty

(Q24N) Almost half of Argentina's children live in poverty, a rate that has risen by 17 percent after conservative President Mauricio Macri's first year in office, according to a new report by Unicef released Thursday. The United Nations Children's Fund reported about 5.6 million children...

In Argentina, the Supreme Court spurs national outrage with leniency for a ‘Dirty War’ criminal

(Q24N) The streets of Argentina’s cities went white on May 10 as tens of thousands donned the iconic headscarf of the Mothers and Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo, who’ve never stopped searching for the sons, daughters, and grandchildren they lost in the country’s...

Central American Trauma Ignored as 9 in 10 Refugees Report Kidnapping, Murder, Rape

(Q24N) A new study reports that 92 percent of refugees from the Northern Triangle countries of Central America – El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras – have witnessed or experienced traumatic and violent events such as kidnapping, sexual violence and assault, and the murder of...

Indigenous Hondurans Fight ‘Right-Wing Invaders’ Burning Crops

(Q24N) The Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras, COPINH, issued a statement on Thursday slamming “right-wing invaders” who are allegedly burning crops to intimidate Indigenous Lenca land defenders. The culprits, according to COPINH, are intentionally setting fire to corn, bean and coffee...

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