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Refugees & Displaced People

Dominican nationalism, Kelvin Moquete
In 2013, a Dominican Constitutional Tribunal stripped a documented, Dominican-born woman of her citizenship, claiming that she had mistakenly been issued with a birth certificate. Dr Eve Hayes de Kalaf investigates in a new book how the universal registration of citizens can be used to exclude the vulnerable.

Notes from Colombia

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Sumapaz anti uribista Notes from Colombia
Colombia’s security forces are in retreat. Human rights defenders are in bad shape. These are desperate times in the country. WOLA's Adam Isacson returns from his first visit to Colombia in nearly two years. Here are his reactions.
Venezuelans have established small businesses in Buenos Aires. Image: Tricolor
They fled economic instability in Venezuela. Settled and initially made welcome in Argentina, the mounting economic crisis there is making their lives harder once more.
The challenges of creating a collaborative mural in Bogota to represent the perspective of women forced into prostitution by the armed conflict.
Imperdonable is a compelling short film that condemns the hegemonic model of masculinity in El Salvador.
Sin Señas Particulares (Identifying Features) by Fernanda Valadez
Lia Gomez-Lang takes a close look at Fernanda Valadez’s poignant feature film Sin Señas Particulares (Identifying Features), a tender portrayal of disappearances of migrants on the Mexico-United States border, and LAB recommends other important films presenting narratives of migration.
There’s still time to catch a number of short films from indigenous Latin American filmmakers at Native Spirit Festival: the UK’s first and only annual independent festival to promote indigenous filmmakers, media and artists.
Main image: Aerial photo of agricultural land near Ipiales, Colombia. Photo by Luis Eduardo Bernal M. 2009. In February 2019, Darío Acevedo was appointed president of Colombia's National Center for Historic Memory (CNMH) whose objective is to discover the historical truth of the country's armed conflict ‘through the recuperation, conservation and divulgation of the victims' plural memories, and through the...
In 1991 a group of 325 Salvadorean refugees returned to their country after 10 years of exile in Nicaragua. They faced great difficulties in reaching and establishing their new settlement at Nueva Esperanza, in the Bajo Lempa area of Usulután. Video in Spanish, with English subtitles.
‘Coronavirus will never hit Costa Rica. There are no direct flights between China and here’. These are the words that an acquaintance confidently shared just 7 weeks ago. Now, Costa Rica is practically in lockdown mode. Meanwhile, Ticos, like people in most other countries, are wondering when the COVID-19 pandemic will end and normality will resume. I first grasped the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic a...

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