Drug War

Plan Colombia, Permanent War and the NO Vote

Escrito por  |  17 / October / 2016
Thousands turn out to support peace after No vote

The Colombian people voted NO to peace. Or to be exact, 50.2% of 37% of the eligible population voted no. In the referendum held Oct. 2, the majority of voters decided to scuttle four years of peace talks dedicated to ending 52 years of bloodshed.

The Silent Drama of the Disappeared

Escrito por  |  10 / October / 2016

Silent traumas grip a growing number of families in Mexico. Not knowing where a loved one is, relatives comb jails, hospitals, morgues and common graves. Digging into the earth, their shovels probe for bodies or remains–fragments of a human being who once warmed their lives.

International Migrant Crisis Hits a Breaking Point in Baja California

Escrito por  |  10 / October / 2016

Since last spring, an estimated 13,000 Haitians and other foreign nationals have arrived in Baja California, with varying estimates of anywhere from 10,000 to 40,000 more on the way.

Guatemala’s Chief Human Rights Prosecutor Arrested on Trumped-Up Charges

Escrito por  |  23 / September / 2016

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales and Attorney General Thelma Aldana arrived in Washington to convince aid and lending agencies of Guatemala’s commitment to rule of law just a day after their government arrested its most prominent human rights prosecutor.

Honduran Human Rights Organizations Call for Suspension of US Aid

Escrito por  |  1 / September / 2016

Some fifty major Honduran human rights organizations wrote a letter to the New York Times expressing their conviction that US aid is perpetuating violations of human rights in their country.

Death Squad Revelations and the New Police in Honduras

Escrito por  |  1 / July / 2016

On June 21, 2015 the London-based Guardian newspaper published an article describing the testimony of a soldier who says he deserted the army after his unit was given an order to kill activists whose names appeared on two lists. The second list contained the name of Lenca indigenous leader Berta Caceres, murdered last March.

The Ayotzinapa Agenda

Escrito por  |  31 / May / 2016

The role of the Interamerican Commission on Human Rights has not ended with the exit of the GIEI. However, it now falls to Mexican society to assume the responsibility for continuing its work. The work isn’t so much technical, as political and social—it’s the work of mobilization, building solidarity and exerting constant pressure.