Articles that focus on or discuss Central American, South American and/or the Caribbean countries

Court judgements are shaking political foundations—and upholding rights

September 14, 2017
BY: James A. Goldston
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In Kenya, Guatemala and Brazil, courts have defied presidents and shaken ...

The forgotten advocates of children's rights in Guatemala

September 1, 2017
BY: Myrella Saadeh
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In Guatemala, children’s rights advocates are often the most heavily burdened ...

The legitimization of violence to solve social problems in Brazil

August 24, 2017
BY: Samira Bueno, Renato Sérgio de Lima
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Many Brazilians indicate that they would accept authoritarianism and government ...

New threats against human rights defenders require new kinds of protection

July 11, 2017
BY: Padre Melo
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Human rights organizations and funders in Latin America need to rethink ...

Integrating a psychosocial perspective in human rights works

June 27, 2017
BY: Maik Müller
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Integrating a psychosocial perspective requires the incorporation of psychosocial ...

Exploring new possibilities beyond foreign funding in Brazil

May 30, 2017
BY: Amanda Fazano
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Brazil has a potentially large philanthropy market, and social media may ...

Monetizing the human rights “brand”

May 4, 2017
BY: David Crow, José Kaire, James Ron
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Marketing research can help Mexican rights groups monetize their “brand” ...

The collapse of authority: violence against prisoners in Latin America

March 31, 2017
BY: Luis Felipe Cruz Olivera
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With prison riots and massacres getting out of control in many Latin American ...

Ordinary people will pay for rights. We asked them

February 15, 2017
BY: James Ron, José Kaire, David Crow
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New research suggests that if human rights organizations use evidence-based ...

Imagining justice for ethnic communities in Colombia

February 8, 2017
BY: Helen Kerwin
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Reparations for conflict-related harms as set out in the peace accords ...

Haiti’s “linguistic apartheid” violates children’s rights and hampers development

January 31, 2017
BY: Michel DeGraff

Haiti’s educational system routinely discriminates against those who don’t ...

The UN shakes up Guatemala with the Commission Against Impunity

December 13, 2016
BY: Christian Medina-Ramirez , Luis Mack 
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The UN-sponsored International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala ...

Beyond blood diamonds: the violence behind the gold route

November 25, 2016
BY: Natalia Duarte
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Illegal gold exchanges between the global North and South are fuelling ...

A post-Brexit, post-Trump World could learn from Colombia

November 21, 2016
BY: Christian Medina-Ramirez 
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A shell-shocked America, a Brexit-divided United Kingdom and a crisis-stricken ...

Small grants can make big impacts

October 4, 2016
BY: Maria Amália Souza 
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Building a culture of philanthropy in the global South is a herculean ...

Fighting misconceptions and logistics to raise funds in Brazil

August 31, 2016
BY: Ana Valéria Araújo, Maíra Junqueira 
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Logistical issues and lack of awareness among Brazilians have created ...

The UN undermined both public health and human rights in Haiti

August 25, 2016
BY: Valerie Percival 
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Failing to acknowledge its involvement in the 2010 Cholera outbreak in ...

It’s time for development banks to start listening

August 17, 2016
BY: Maina Kiai
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The aid community often ignores the wishes of the very people it’s supposed ...

In Venezuela, data is power

August 10, 2016
BY: Christian Medina-Ramirez 
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Venezuela’s lack of reliable data on socio-economic metrics poses both ...

Colombia’s constrained peace process: how courts alter peace-making

July 26, 2016
BY: Sandra Borda, Courtney Hillebrecht, Alexandra Huneeus
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The Colombia case shows international courts do impact local peace-making, ...

The political strategy for peace

July 19, 2016
BY: Diana Isabel Güiza Gómez 
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After 50 years, the Colombian government has signed a historic ceasefire ...

Cross-movement organizing in Mexico leads to new resources

June 21, 2016
BY: Jenny Barry
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Feminists and environmentalists are coming together in Mexico to form ...

Will evidence of crimes against humanity change anything in Mexico?

June 16, 2016
BY: Alejandro Anaya Munoz
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A new report argues that widespread human rights violations in Mexico ...

Does “de-Kirchnerizing” Argentina mean dismantling human rights policies?

May 19, 2016
BY: Alejandra Dandan
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A key concern for many Argentinians, among the numerous changes Mauricio ...

Reclaiming space through UN-supported litigation

April 19, 2016
BY: Maina Kiai
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Working together, the UN and civil society are using innovative legal ...

Mexicans expect far more from the Pope than we will ever get

April 13, 2016
BY: Ariadna Estévez
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The Pope’s first official visit to Mexico was all talk and no action, ...

Human rights at a crossroads: 18 months after Ayotzinapa

April 5, 2016
BY: Janice Gallagher, Paula Martinez Gutierrez
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Eighteen months after Ayotzinapa, Mexican civil society has pulled together ...

Holding businesses to account in Latin America

February 15, 2016
BY: Nelson Camilo Sanchez
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Colombia and Argentina are taking steps to hold businesses accountable ...

What does Zika have to do with inequality? Everything.

February 9, 2016
BY: Rachel Schmidt
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Women’s rights advocates are using fears around Zika to fight for better ...

Sustainability through direct dialogue: a Latin American success story

February 3, 2016
BY: Mariela Puga, Luz Aquilante, Natalia Eberbach
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Building a culture of giving in Latin America takes creativity, persistence ...

Can celebrities and fashion magazines in Mexico really influence social change?

November 25, 2015
BY: Jenny Barry
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Partnering with celebrities and seeking visibility is key to mobilizing ...

Paying for human rights violations: perceptions of the Colombian peace process

August 3, 2015
BY: Ryan E. Carlin, Jennifer L. Mccoy, Jelena Subotic
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New research shows that providing context for human rights issues yields ...

More than smoke and mirrors: citizen perceptions of human rights

July 1, 2015
BY: Dona-Gene Barton, Courtney Hillebrecht, Sergio Wals
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Study finds that Mexicans’ perceptions of human rights protections are ...

Mapping human rights skepticism in Mexico

July 1, 2015
BY: David Crow
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Most Mexicans don’t associate human rights with protecting criminals, ...

Reframing the justice debate in Colombia

June 4, 2015
BY: Paul Seils
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The debate about whether or not—or how—to punish the crimes committed ...

The ICC and negotiated peace: reflections from Colombia

February 11, 2015
BY: Rodrigo Uprimny, Nelson Camilo Sanchez
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The Colombian case shows the need for flexibility in balancing the duty ...

Where’s the evidence? Moving from ideology to data in economic and social rights

January 27, 2015
BY: Octavio Luiz Motta Ferraz
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To advance the polarized openGlobalRights debate on economic and social ...

Home and abroad: balancing Brazil’s human rights commitments

January 22, 2015
BY: Muriel Asseraf
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Emerging countries like Brazil are at a turning point, struggling to balance ...

Multiple boomerangs: new models of global human rights advocacy

January 21, 2015
BY: César Rodríguez-Garavito
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The global human rights field is being transformed, and activists are ...

What does the “right to life” really mean for Catholics in Mexico?

December 22, 2014
BY: Renee De La Torre
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It’s time for leaders in the Mexican Catholic Church to speak up where ...

The ‘interests of justice’ require challenging impunity

November 28, 2014
BY: Dan Saxon

The ICC may consider the local context, but no policy or legal decision ...

Does the ICC advance the interests of justice?

November 4, 2014
BY: Priscilla Hayner
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What exactly are the “interests of justice” in the context of the ICC? ...

Does “religious freedom” include the right to convert or scam others?

October 12, 2014
BY: José Zalaquett
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Does freedom of religion include the right to convert others, or pressure ...

Myth and reality: the Catholic Church and human rights in Latin America

September 11, 2014
BY: Ariadna Estévez
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While the progressive Catholic Church is on the frontline of defending ...

As the world’s eyes turn to Brazil, local rights groups must seize the day

May 29, 2014
BY: Patricia Mendoca
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The world is watching as Brazil prepares for the World Cup and Olympics. ...

Brazil needs new public mechanisms and laws to fund human rights domestically

February 19, 2014
BY: Eduardo Pannunzio
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Human rights groups in the global South are dependent on international ...

Human rights in Brazil: international funders must empower David against Goliath

December 24, 2013
BY: Helle Abelvik-Lawson

Brazil’s recent economic growth – driven by multinational corporations ...

Mismatch: why are human rights NGOs in emerging powers not emerging?

November 15, 2013
BY: Lucia Nader
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There is a perverse see-saw effect in place within the BRICS countries. ...