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

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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

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, ...

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

November 10, 2017
BY: Astrid Puentes Riaño

Due to lack of community consultation and negative socio-environmental ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

The legitimization of violence to solve social problems in Brazil

August 24, 2017
BY: Samira Bueno & Renato Sérgio de Lima

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

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

Integrating a psychosocial perspective requires the incorporation of psychosocial ...

Exploring new possibilities beyond foreign funding in Brazil

May 30, 2017
BY: Amanda Fazano

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

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

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

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

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 ...

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 

The UN-sponsored International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Fighting misconceptions and logistics to raise funds in Brazil

August 31, 2016
BY: Ana Valéria Araújo & Maíra Junqueira 

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 

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

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 

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

The Colombia case shows international courts do impact local peace-making, ...

The political strategy for peace

July 19, 2016
BY: Diana Isabel Güiza Gómez 

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

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

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

A key concern for many Argentinians, among the numerous changes Mauricio ...

Reclaiming space through UN-supported litigation

April 19, 2016
BY: Maina Kiai

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

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

Eighteen months after Ayotzinapa, Mexican civil society has pulled together ...

Holding businesses to account in Latin America

February 15, 2016
BY: Nelson Camilo Sanchez

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

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

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

Partnering with celebrities and seeking visibility is key to mobilizing ...

The ‘soft vengeance’ of peace in Colombia

November 2, 2015
BY: César Rodríguez-Garavito

An agreement recently concluded between the Colombian government and the ...

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

August 3, 2015
BY: Ryan E. Carlin & Jennifer L. Mccoy & Jelena Subotic

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

Study finds that Mexicans’ perceptions of human rights protections are ...

Mapping human rights skepticism in Mexico

July 1, 2015
BY: David Crow

Most Mexicans don’t associate human rights with protecting criminals, ...

Reframing the justice debate in Colombia

June 4, 2015
BY: Paul Seils

The debate about whether or not—or how—to punish the crimes committed ...

Muzzling humor in the Ecuadorean Revolution

March 30, 2015
BY: César Rodríguez-Garavito

In Ecuador, Rafael Correa’s government muzzles critique and attacks satirists ...

The ICC and negotiated peace: reflections from Colombia

February 11, 2015
BY: Rodrigo Uprimny & Nelson Camilo Sanchez

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

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

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

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

It’s time for leaders in the Mexican Catholic Church to speak up where ...