Open and poorly treated wounds, food waste on the cell floor, rat faeces, little ventilation, water rationing, insects everywhere. While some inmates do not even get up from their beds, such is their weak state of health, others are stuck in wheelchairs. To wash one’s body or one’s hands or clean any object prisoners have to wait for a hole in...

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When students jumped the turnstiles at the Baquedano metro station in Santiago on 18 October 2019 in protest at the 30-peso fare hike, nobody could have predicted that it would lead to a full-scale social uprising and the largest protests since the military dictatorship. Within days, disaffected social groups such as the No to AFP campaign (the controversial pensions...
This article was sent to LAB by a correspondent based in Santiago. It’s 11 January 2020, and I am sitting on a hot and unforgiving cement esplanade, at the commemoration of the 10th anniversary of Chile’s national Memory and Human Rights Museum. The mood is generally good natured,...
São Paulo, November 10 2019. Following a controversial Supreme Court ruling, Lula has been temporarily freed after 580 days in prison on a corruption charge he has always denied. His freedom came, not because of the leaked conversations that revealed a conspiracy between local judge, now Justice Minister,  Sergio Moro and the prosecutors to stop Lula running...
Cartonera books – cheap books with cardboard covers and photocopied texts – were originally a by-product of the Cartonero movement in Argentina, when people from the shanty towns travelled into Buenos Aires and other big cities in the wake of the 2001 economic collapse to collect and sell cardboard and other waste left on the streets.
Written by Nathalie Mercier, Christian Aid’s Programme Officer in Guatemala Decision day is fast approaching for Guatemalans awaiting the result of the country’s presidential elections. Neither of the two front-running candidates - Sandra Torres from the centre party National Union for Hope (UNE), and Alejandro Giammattei from the far-right party Vamos...
This article was published by Correio da Cidadania, 24 June. You can read the original here. Introduction translated for LAB by Mike Gatehouse. Main image: Luciana Nogueira, wife of Evaldo Rosa dos Santos, at the funeral of her husband. Friends of the musician protested with Brazilian flags stained in red. Photo: BlackWomenofBrazil.co Interview and article by Gabriel Brito The so-called Brazilian...
The program 'Las Otras Voces' presents the Caravan of Mothers of Disappeared Migrants, those who come from Central and South America and pass through Mexico in the attempt to reach the US. Video: TV UNAM 20 May 2014 (in Spanish)
Latin America is often on the news for its gang violence and brute use of police force. In this video we analyse the state of criminal violence in the region and look at some good practices in the region such as Plan Cuadrante in Colombia. Read more on the subject on the report "Citizen...
Dramatic, animated infographics showing the number of young people being assassinated in Brazil, and making comparisons with countries such as Iraq and Afghanistan. Part of Amnesty International (Brazil)'s campaign. Video: Anistia Internacional, 2014 (in Portugues)

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