Category Archives: Children’s Rights

The Limits of Bans on, and Limited Access to, Abortion

As many know, and as may be unsurprising, Latin America in general is one of the more restrictive regions in the world when it comes to abortion and legal reproductive rights for women. Several countries, including Nicaragua and El Salvador, have … Continue reading

Posted in Abortion, Children's Rights, Health Issues in the Americas | 2 Comments

On This Date in Latin America -July 24, 1993: The Candelária Massacre

In the early hours of the morning on this day twenty years ago, police in Rio de Janeiro murdered eight street children on the steps of Rio’s Candelária Cathedral in what came to be known as the Candelária Massacre. Official … Continue reading

Posted in Brazil, Children's Rights, Favelas, Human Rights Issues, Human Rights Violations, Impunity, Inequalities in the Americas, Latin American History, Police Violence, Rio de Janeiro, Violence in the Americas | 1 Comment

El Salvador’s Stolen Children

Argentina and Spain aren’t the only countries where children were stolen from their parents during military rule. As the Associated Press reminds us, El Salvador has its own history of children stolen from their parents during the civil war of … Continue reading

Posted in Children's Rights, Civil Conflict in the Americas, El Salvador, El Salvador's Civil War (1980-1992), Human Rights Issues, Human Rights Violations, The "Disappeared"

Racial Stereotyping in Mexico

The US certainly isn’t the only country in the continent combating ongoing racism. In Mexico, the sight of a blonde girl begging for money in the street revealed one of the ways racial prejudice operates there: The flurry of internet … Continue reading

Posted in Children's Rights, Inequalities in the Americas, Latin America, Mexico, Poverty, Race in the Americas, Racism | 1 Comment

Gender Equality in Latin America Still Has a Very Long Way to Go

Erwin C. points to some depressing stats that highlight just how structurally unequal Latin American countries remain when it comes to girls’ and women’s rights: According to the EFE news agency 75 million girls worldwide do not receive a secondary … Continue reading

Posted in Children's Rights, Gender and Sexuality, Inequalities in the Americas, Latin America, Women's Movements & Issues

Around Latin America

-In a rare bit of good news, it appears the deforestation rate in the Amazon had once again dropped (though 2,049 square kilometers of deforestation is still a significant loss). -In Chile, a crackdown on Mapuche activists left at least … Continue reading

Posted in Abortion, Argentina, Argentina's Military Dictatorship (1976-1983), Around Latin America, Brazil, Children's Rights, Chile, Colombia, Deaths, Drugs and the Drug Trade in the Americas, Honduras, Indigenous Peoples, Legal Issues in Latin America, LGBT Rights & Issues, Mexico, Peasant Movements, Police in the Americas, Prisoners' Rights, Protests in Latin America, The Amazon, Torture, Uruguay, Violence in the Americas, Women's Movements & Issues, Women's Rights

Around Latin America

-In the wake of violent suppression of growing protests, Peruvian President Ollanta Humala shuffled his cabinet again, picking as prime minister former human rights lawyer Juan Jimenez to replace ex-military officer Oscar Valdes. The move is likely designed at least … Continue reading

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