Monday, November 29, 2021

The Putumayo Atrocities

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The story of the near-extermination of indigenous communities in the early 1900s at the hands of the Peruvian Amazon Company.
An astonishing catalogue of images posted on social media which turn out to be crude fakes, borrowed from other events in other countries.
24 January. With the new year in Colombia came a new sentence from the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, holding the state responsible for human rights violations committed in the context of ‘Operation Orion’. In this Operation, the army, together with the ‘Cacique Nutibarra’ bloc of the AUC paramilitary organisation, stormed the marginalised slum neighbourhood ‘Comuna 13’ in Medellín,...
Government action is failing lamentably to protect Mexican women from a wave of violence and femicide.
A dramatic fall in gang-initiated killings masks ongoing violence against women.

Mega-events and prostitution

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The main danger of violence to sex-workers during major sporting events is from the police, not the punters.
Where demobilisation of the FARC may leave a dangerous vacuum and increased violence
A new initiative is being made in Bogota to help women stand up to machismo and to get men to change their behaviour
8 March is celebrated as International Women’s Day. However, in Guatemala for the past three years, the day has been a painful reminder of the long road towards gender equity, and the potentially lethal consequences of continuing misogynistic and violent attitudes towards women.
One of the most important official documents of the last century, listing a long series of crimes and human rights violations inflicted on indigenous groups during the military dictatorship, has just been unearthed.

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