The last few days have seen President Jair Bolsonaro begin to show his true colours as an authoritarian populist.  The ex-army captain sacked four generals seen as moderates, strengthening instead  the influence of Bolsonaro’s very own Rasputin, the extreme right-wing guru Olavo de Carvalho, and reinforcing his social media image of a strongman and crusader in...
COMMUNIQUÉ: COLOMBIA’S PEACE PROCESS AT RISK International civil society organizations make clear their grave concerns for the serious humanitarian and civil rights crisis in Colombia, which threatens the sustainability of the peace process. Bogota, 30 May 2019. (Translated from the Spanish by LAB) The undersigned international civil society organizations, in accordance with our mandates, have been engaged for over 40...
Three years ago, the Colombian government and its armed opponents of fifty years signed a peace agreement that offered a framework for ending violent conflict and starting to build peace. While the peace agreement was in its final stages of negotiation, Christian Aid’s Research, Evidence and Learning team was beginning to design Ten Years, a...
El Salvador’s Legislative Assembly is expected to vote soon on a controversial new 'Special Law of Transitional and Restorative Justice for National Reconciliation'. Despite its title, the law would provide both army and guerrilla soldiers with de facto impunity for crimes against human rights committed during the country’s bitter conflict in the 1970s and 1980s. The proposed...
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Photographer Francisco Elias Prado, of Ojos Ilegales, in Caracas Venezuela, has sent LAB this video. He produced a photo-essay, Transmigración en Movimiento, from which LAB used the image (on p.187 of Voices of Latin America) of Ana Enamorado, a Honduran woman living in Mexico and working with the Movimiento Migrante Mesoamericano (MMM). Her own son is one...
The relationship between the natural environment and the armed conflict in Colombia is deeply interwoven and complex, and the issue of governance is at the root of the environmental challenges Colombia faces. Exploitation of the country’s natural resources sustained the operations of armed groups, while acts of sabotage to oil and mining operations were used to...
Click an image in the slider, above, to view full-size. In 2016 one of the world’s oldest, largest and best known guerrilla armies, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, FARC, signed a peace treaty after more than half a century of brutal civil war. In June of that...
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Papo Reto, Portuguese for “Straight Talk”, formed as a citizens’ journalist collective in 2010 in response to government efforts to rid Complexo do Alemão – one of Rio de Janeiro’s largest favelas –of the drug-trafficking gang Comando Vermelho. We met the group in April as it celebrated a bittersweet victory. Thanks to Papo...
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Journalists in Mexico face many dangers, especially when they're covering the country's ongoing drug war. Video: Al Jazeera English, May 2018
The ancestral home of the Sateré-Mawé indigenous group is the Andirá-Marau Indigenous Reserve, an officially demarcated, heavily forested region covering 780,000 hectares (3,011 square miles) in Amazonas and Pará states, Brazil.The reserve itself — along with indigenous villages around it that were not included in the demarcated area — are increasingly under...

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