Category Archives: Impunity

Meanwhile, In Brazil’s Congress…

As I mentioned yesterday, there were a number of causes behind the recent wave of demonstrations in Brazil. One of those sources of unrest is the traditional power of political elites – after all, it wasn’t an accident that crowds … Continue reading

Posted in Brazil, Citizenship, Corruption, Democracy in the Americas, Governance in Latin America, Impunity, Legal Issues in Latin America, LGBT Rights & Issues, Protests in Latin America, Social Movements

A Judicial Showdown – Ríos Montt Trial to Continue?

Yesterday, I was rather pessimistic after Guatemalan Judge Carol Patricia Flores suspended the trial of former general Efraín Ríos Montt on a technicality, setting the process back a year and a half and making justice look increasingly difficult. However, the … Continue reading

Posted in Guatemala, Guatemala's Civil War, Human Rights Issues, Impunity, Indigenous Peoples, Legal Issues in Latin America

Genocide Trial in Guatemala Suspended on a Technicality; What’s Next?

Yesterday, Guatemalan Judge Carol Patricia Flores, the judge most recently overseeing the trial of Efraín Ríos Montt on charges of genocide against indigenous peoples, suspended the trial based not on any lack of evidence, or prosecutorial wrongdoing, or on any finding … Continue reading

Posted in Guatemala, Guatemala's Civil War, Human Rights Issues, Human Rights Violations, Impunity, Indigenous Peoples, Legal Issues in Latin America

The Legacies of Torture in Central America

As scholarship and human rights reports have repeatedly demonstrate, the effects of torture on the human mind and body have long-term ramifications, and many of those victims continue suffer from both the psychological and the physical effects of torture decades … Continue reading

Posted in El Salvador, El Salvador's Civil War (1980-1992), Guatemala, Guatemala's Civil War, Human Rights Issues, Impunity, Torture, United States | 1 Comment

Around Latin America

-Brazil’s Federal Council of Medicine recently came out in favor of legalizing first-trimester abortions in Brazil, adding to the arguments and debate over the issue in a country where abortion is currently only legal in the case of rape, severe … Continue reading

Posted in Abortion, Around Latin America, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Ecuador, Educational Reforms, Elections in Latin America, Honduras, Human Rights Violations, Impunity, Indigenous Peoples, Labor in Latin America, Land Struggles & Issues, Paraguay, Peru, Police in the Americas, Police Violence, Prisoners' Rights, Protests in Latin America, The Amazon, United States, Women's Movements & Issues, Women's Rights

Genocide, Judicial Power, and Justice in Guatemala

Today, the genocide trial for former Guatemalan leader Efraín Ríos Montt begins (in spite of his failed attempts to have charges dismissed based on an earlier amnesty law). The trial marks the first time a former Latin American leader has … Continue reading

Posted in Amnesty, Guatemala, Guatemala's Civil War, Human Rights Issues, Human Rights Violations, Impunity, Indigenous Peoples, Latin American Militaries, Memory Struggles, Truth Commissions

Around Latin America

While Hugo Chávez’s death has perhaps understandably been the main focus of news from the region this week, it’s far from the only event of note. Here are some of the other stories coming out of Latin America this week. … Continue reading

Posted in "Baby Doc" Duvalier, Argentina, Argentina's Military Dictatorship (1976-1983), Around Latin America, Augusto Pinochet, Bolivia, Brazil, Brazil's Military Dictatorship, Chile, Cuba, Gender and Sexuality, Haiti, Human Rights Violations, Impunity, Indigenous Peoples, Land Struggles & Issues, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Prisoners' Rights, The "Disappeared", The Amazon, Torture, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela, Violence in the Americas, Women's Rights