Thursday, August 18, 2022

Police & Prisons

New obstruction to historical justice in Guatemala

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In September, the presiding judge in the Death Squad Diary case stated the defendants had a case to answer – good news for the search for justice in Guatemala. But in October, the lead prosecutor was transferred from her role investigating genocide and mass human rights violations. This was a critical blow to Guatemala's justice system.

Brazil: no prayers for the dead

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President Bolsonaro is beginning to discover fear -- as deaths mount, protests multiply and his old adversary Lula emerges onto the political scene as a credible threat in next year's elections. However, those elections might spark a coup spearheaded by the Bolsonaro-loyal Policia Militar.

Colombia: nationwide protest updates

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WOLA's Director for Defense Oversight, Adam Isacson, gives an in-depth update on the nationwide protests in Colombia and an opportunity for dialogue

The assassination of Brazil

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So illogical are his actions that people are starting to question Jair Bolsonaro's sanity: as he persists in denials about coronavirus, antagonises China which supplies Brazil's vaccines and foments murderous violence by the police

Colombia’s protestors find international support

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In international solidarity with Colombians, events have been held in Sydney, Toronto, Washington, New York, Paris, Barcelona, Madrid, Brussels, London and Bristol. The world, it seems, is watching.

El Salvador’s double bind: toxic masculinity in ‘Imperdonable’

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Imperdonable is a compelling short film that condemns the hegemonic model of masculinity in El Salvador.

Public Enemy No.1 is Jair Bolsonaro

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All over the world leaders have celebrated the beginning of vaccination in their countries, some of them taking the first jab themselves. But when the first vaccines were administered in São Paulo on Sunday, Jair Bolsonaro sulked in silence in his palace.

Colombia: street art and social justice in Bogotá

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A virtual dialogue was organised to discuss Alba Griffin's new chapter in Pedagogías de la disidencia en América Latina, titled ‘No Somos Falsos Somos Positivos: teorías vernáculas sobre la violencia política y cotidiana en el puente del grafitero’.

Chile Edges Closer to Historic Vote

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Chile's constitution is a legacy of the Pinochet dictatorship and has come to symbolise the embedded inequalities that sparked a year of mounting popular...

Chile: a polarised September on the eve of a crucial plebiscite

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As the date for Chile's constitutional plebiscite nears, the country is increasingly polarised. Polls, however, show a large majority in favour of a new constitution being drawn up by a constituent assembly of citizens, not a joint citizen-Congress committee.

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