Central America, South America, and the Caribbean

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


Chile and a global revolution for dignity

December 13, 2019
By: Juan Francisco Lobo

The protests in Chile, and indeed worldwide, demonstrate a demand for human dignity, in all of its ...

Small states face big challenges in engaging UN treaty bodies

December 4, 2019
By: Malene Alleyne & Felix Kirchmeier
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Small states often lack the capacity to engage effectively with the treaty body system as currently ...

Colombian activists use music and art to call for climate action

December 3, 2019
By: Vanessa Daza Castillo
Español | Português

In Colombia, children and young people are finding different ways to raise awareness and stimulate action ...

How a UN Committee Contributed to End a Controversial Mining Project in French Guiana

November 7, 2019
By: Alexandre Sommer-Schaechtele

The indigenous peoples of French Guiana used an urgent procedure of the UN’s Committee on the Elimination ...

From impunity to justice and back again in Guatemala

November 5, 2019
By: Rachel Lopéz

Guatemalan citizens must unite to resist the efforts of Guatemala’s clandestine powers to dismantle ...

Venezuela: UN human rights system needs more coherence and coordination

October 25, 2019
By: Marianna A. Romero

Venezuela’s election to the Human Rights Council despite UN scrutiny—including by Treaty Bodies—of human ...

Why do high-income Brazilians distrust human rights?

October 2, 2019
By: Alexandre Abdal & Andréa Pineda & Fernando do Amaral Nogueira & Juana Kweitel
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The existing rejection and distrust of human rights among high-income Brazilians result mostly from ...

Ultra-conservative speech as political capital: Chile’s “Republican Party”

August 27, 2019
By: Beatriz Romero Cruzat

Chile has long held a moderate political tradition in Latin America, but recent trends point to alarming ...

Intellectual property as a tool of empowerment

August 20, 2019
By: Sarah Yookyung Kim
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When much broader communities can harness intellectual property rights, these shifts can contribute ...

Climate change and human rights: lessons from litigation for the Amazon

April 25, 2019
By: César Rodríguez-Garavito

Lawsuits have become an increasingly frequent route for urgent action on climate change, but the impact ...

Confronting Bolsonaro’s populism – key strategies to protect human rights

April 18, 2019
By: Iain Levine

As Bolsonaro passes the 100 day mark of his presidency, human rights activists in Brazil can learn much ...

Engaging justice amidst inequality in Latin America

April 4, 2019
By: Lisa Hilbink & Janice Gallagher & Juliana Restrepo Sanin & Valentina Salas
Español | Português

Despite low levels of trust in the justice system, citizens in Chile and Colombia still make legal claims, ...

Fragile Rights? New Challenges for LGBTQ People in the Americas

March 6, 2019
By: Ari Shaw & Mauricio Albarracín
Español | Português

The rise of religious fundamentalism in Latin America—in conjunction with the populist trend sweeping ...

What Bolsonaro means for human rights in Brazil

December 20, 2018
By: Oliver Hudson & Juana Kweitel
Español | Português

Under the leadership of president elect Bolsonaro, Brazil must be poised for increased threats to public ...

Imprisonment as a last resort? Reforming Brazil’s prisons

November 29, 2018
By: Náthaly Calixto

Systematic discrimination means that—despite vocational programs—many prisoners in Brazil and elsewhere ...

Venezuelan crisis shows the need to enhance the coherence of the UN human rights machinery

October 23, 2018
By: Ligia Bolivar

Misconceived and poorly executed US efforts to reform the UN Human Rights Council failed. But the UN ...

Treaty pushes for environmental justice in Latin America and the Caribbean

October 2, 2018
By: Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah

Despite closing space for civil society, the new Escazú Agreement—which offers protection measures for ...

Public consultations push back against multinationals in Colombia

September 25, 2018
By: Antonio Sanchez Gomez

In Colombia, public consultations have successfully halted exploitative mining projects. But can these ...

Battling impunity in Mexico: an innovative strategy of international advocacy

September 5, 2018
By: Gabriela Kletzel & Angel Gabriel Cabrera Silva

An innovative intervention by international experts in Mexico invigorated the work of human rights organizations ...

In Haiti, legal empowerment is resistance against exploitation

August 27, 2018
By: Samuel Nesner & Ellie Happel

Social movements in Haiti are reimagining justice in order to fight back against exploitation by the ...

Local community funding: what’s possible in Latin America?

August 21, 2018
By: Gastón Chillier

Shifting to local community funding is possible in Latin America, as a case in Argentina clearly shows. ...

Resilience in non-democratic contexts: perspectives from Venezuela

July 19, 2018
By: Rafael Uzcátegui

As elected governments increasingly launch power grabs and smear campaigns against their critics, NGOs ...

Legal empowerment allows indigenous Ecuadoreans to fight multinationals

July 5, 2018
By: Juan Auz

Activism against environmental exploitation in Ecuador requires going up against titanic powers, and ...

Creating a healing space for women human rights defenders

May 10, 2018
By: Ana María Hernández Cárdenas & Nallely Guadalupe Tello Méndez

Self-care and collective care do not erase the stress and tensions of everyday life, but using these ...

New climate change lawsuit in Colombia part of growing, worldwide trend

March 13, 2018
By: Camila Bustos

A new lawsuit in Colombia involving young plaintiffs seeks to protect their rights to life and health ...

Participatory grantmaking helps to shift power relations in Mexico

January 18, 2018
By: Jenny Barry

Powerful results surfaced when a Mexican women’s rights funder began to give decision-making power to ...

Using cross-movement collaborations to tackle human rights complexities

January 16, 2018
By: Claudia Samcam

Human rights problems are increasingly more complex and cross-cutting. Can collaboration across issue ...

Why is the Inter-American Human Rights System lagging on climate change?

January 11, 2018
By: Juan Auz

The Inter-American Human Rights System is an important tool for Latin American human rights defenders, ...

Scientists and activists collaborate to bring hard data into advocacy

November 21, 2017
By: César Rodríguez-Garavito

A new collaboration in Colombia is bringing together activists, scientists, physicians and other experts ...

How not to produce energy: lessons from Brazil’s Belo Monte dam

November 10, 2017
By: Astrid Puentes Riaño
Español | Português

Due to lack of community consultation and negative socio-environmental impacts, the Belo Monte dam in ...

Reforming drug laws to reduce prison populations in Latin America

October 20, 2017
By: Ana Jimena Bautista

Three Latin American countries are experimenting with drug law reforms to reduce prison populations, ...

Court judgements are shaking political foundations—and upholding rights

September 14, 2017
By: James A. Goldston

In Kenya, Guatemala and Brazil, courts have defied presidents and shaken up politics—is court-centric ...

The forgotten advocates of children's rights in Guatemala

September 1, 2017
By: Myrella Saadeh

In Guatemala, children’s rights advocates are often the most heavily burdened and the most frequently ...

The legitimization of violence to solve social problems in Brazil

August 24, 2017
By: Samira Bueno & Renato Sérgio de Lima
Español | Português

Many Brazilians indicate that they would accept authoritarianism and government violence to solve social ...

New threats against human rights defenders require new kinds of protection

July 11, 2017
By: Padre Melo

Human rights organizations and funders in Latin America need to rethink how they protect defenders ...

Integrating a psychosocial perspective in human rights works

June 27, 2017
By: Maik Müller

Integrating a psychosocial perspective requires the incorporation of psychosocial support and self-care ...

Exploring new possibilities beyond foreign funding in Brazil

May 30, 2017
By: Amanda Fazano
Español | Français | Português

Brazil has a potentially large philanthropy market, and social media may be key to tapping into this ...

Monetizing the human rights “brand”

May 4, 2017
By: David Crow & José Kaire & James Ron

Marketing research can help Mexican rights groups monetize their “brand” and boost public donations.

The collapse of authority: violence against prisoners in Latin America

March 31, 2017
By: Luis Felipe Cruz Olivera

With prison riots and massacres getting out of control in many Latin American countries, what is the ...

Ordinary people will pay for rights. We asked them

February 15, 2017
By: James Ron & José Kaire & David Crow

New research suggests that if human rights organizations use evidence-based fundraising strategies, ...

Imagining justice for ethnic communities in Colombia

February 8, 2017
By: Helen Kerwin

Reparations for conflict-related harms as set out in the peace accords are only a fraction of many pending ...

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 speak French—which is the ...

The UN shakes up Guatemala with the Commission Against Impunity

December 13, 2016
By: Christian Medina-Ramirez  & Luis Mack 

The UN-sponsored International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) has shaken the country’s ...

Beyond blood diamonds: the violence behind the gold route

November 25, 2016
By: Natalia Duarte

Illegal gold exchanges between the global North and South are fuelling violence and exploitation, but ...

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

November 21, 2016
By: Christian Medina-Ramirez 

A shell-shocked America, a Brexit-divided United Kingdom and a crisis-stricken Europe: they should all ...

Small grants can make big impacts

October 4, 2016
By: Maria Amália Souza 

Building a culture of philanthropy in the global South is a herculean task, but small grants can still ...

Fighting misconceptions and logistics to raise funds in Brazil

August 31, 2016
By: Ana Valéria Araújo & Maíra Junqueira 
Português | Español

Logistical issues and lack of awareness among Brazilians have created significant—but not insurmountable—obstacles ...

The UN undermined both public health and human rights in Haiti

August 25, 2016
By: Valerie Percival 

Failing to acknowledge its involvement in the 2010 Cholera outbreak in Haiti, the UN undermined public ...