Recent Posts by Laura Carlsen

Tlatlaya Massacre and U.S. Military Aid

The suspension of U.S. aid should indeed extend to all security aid to Mexico. Not only are serious cases of human rights violations piling up, but also because the militarized war on drugs model is in itself a violation of human rights.

Ayotzinapa, State Violence and Terror

Approximately one year after the murders and forced disappearances, the truth is still buried. But the implications of these crimes are obvious.

Violations of Human Rights in Guerrero: A Conversation with Vidulfo Rosales

To talk about the crisis of human rights in Guerrero, I talked with Vidulfo Rosales, a lawyer with the Center for Human Rights of the Mountain “Tlachinollan,” in Tlapa de Comonfort, Guerrero, and legal representative for the families of the disappeared students from the Ayotzinapa Teaching College.

On Government Lies, Human Bonfires and the Search for Truth

Why was the government in such a hurry to close the case by shunting the blame off to organized crime? Why insist on a “historic truth” that was not only untrue, but also demonstrably lacking in coherency and common sense?

Deportation, Detention and Abuse on the U.S.-Guatemala Border

The victims of this extraterritorial policy are Central American migrants who cross every day, seeking to save their lives and their families from the violence and hunger plaguing their countries.

In Mexico, Hunted Down for Speaking Out

Once a refuge, Mexico City has become a hunting ground where journalists end up reporting on the assassinations of their colleagues — and wondering who will be next.

With No Clear Winner, Mexico’s Midterm Elections Reveal Nation’s Strife

Election day participation has not dissipated discontent. Mexico under the incoming politicians will face as much—or more—protest and mistrust in the system as it did under the old ones.