Democracy and Society

SOAW Delegation Calls for Suspension of Plan Merida

Escrito por  |  21 / July / 2015
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Participants of the School of the Americas Watch (SOAW) delegation in Mexico called for the suspension of Plan Merida last month after meeting with Mexican social movements and human rights organizations in Mexico City, Guerrero, and Chiapas. The visits, organized with groups actively working to end militarization and state violence in the country, took place from June 21 to July 1 and culminated in an urgent call for an end to all U.S. aid to Mexico.

Colombia, Between an Electoral Peace and the Return of Fear

Escrito por  |  21 / July / 2015
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In the midst of a severe crisis in the peace talks between the Colombian government and the guerrilla Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC by their Spanish initials) in Havana, terrorist acts have reappeared in urban centers that could be part of a dirty war by the extreme right and other enemies of the peace process, as they prepare to run in upcoming elections next October 2015.

“El Bronco” Upsets Bipartisan Rule in Mexico’s Industrial Center

Escrito por  |  17 / June / 2015
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Nuevo Leon opened up a new channel for democratization in Mexico by breaking the bipartisan lock on the state in an election that many describe as historic.This is the first time an independent candidate has won a governorship, only recently allowed under a new electoral law. The win is particularly significant given that the state comprises Mexico’s third largest regional economy.

Federal Police Open Fire Against Civilians in Tlapa After a Failed Operation

Escrito por  |  17 / June / 2015
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On June 7, 2015, around 14:30 pm during election day, two patrols – numbered1699 and 1566 – of the Federal Police (FP), with at least 24 policemen, arbitrarily raided the office of the Union of Education Workers of Guerrero (Coordinadora Estatal de Trabajadores de la Educación de Guerrero – CETEG) in the neighbourhood of Tepeyac in the city of Tlapa de Comonfort, next to the Regional Delegation of the Ministry of Education of Guerrero.

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

Escrito por  |  17 / June / 2015
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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.

Martelly Remakes Authoritarian Rule in Haiti

Escrito por  |  25 / May / 2015
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President Michel Martelly of Haiti began to rule the island nation by decree on January 13, 2015, after allowing the National Assembly to collapse.

A Harvest of Justice in San Quintin?

Escrito por  |  18 / May / 2015
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The farm workers of the San Quintin Valley have gotten the federal government to commit to facilitating negotiations for a wage hike. But movement leaders warn that the the agreement is still not a victory.