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Recall Referendums in Peru: a Political Weapon for Bad Losers

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 07:00

The direct recall referendum – a bottom-up mechanism of direct democracy (MDD) activated by signature collection among citizens and designed to remove an elected authority from office – has become one of the most intensively used mechanisms of citizen participation in South America, particularly in the Andean countries. To give some examples, between 1997 and 2013, more than 5,000 recall referendums were activated against democratically elected authorities from 747 Peruvian municipalities (45.5 percent of all municipalities).

The Defensoria del Pueblo and Human Rights Protections in the Americas

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 09:00

Democracies across the Americas have seen the proliferation and expansion of democratic institutions for decades.  Along with anti-corruption offices and new courts, at least sixteen states across the Americas have adopted Human Rights Ombudsman agencies since 1985.  While they go by a variety of names (e.g.

DACA – a Future of Uncertainty

Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 08:00

 

There is no doubt that President Trump’s actions in the past week have shaken up the immigrant community.  After all, much of his campaign promises to undo Obama’s immigration legacies are coming to life.  On January 27, 2017, Trump placed a “Muslim” ban on travelers— including those with green cards and dual nationalities—entering the United States. The executive order affected many individuals who live and study in the U.S. and were returning from vacation.

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