human rights

World Cup 2014 Spotlight: Child Prostitution in Brazil

October 20, 2016

In Brazil, child prostitution is a polemic topic, especially in light of the upcoming World Cup.* Pressured into this position by physical abuse, economic need, or simply because it is their best option for survival, these children sell themselves to sexual exploitation for only a few dollars. Long viewed for its sexually liberal reputation, Brazil has been a popular a destination for sexual tourism.

El Día de la Memoria en Argentina

October 20, 2016

Hoy, el Día de la Memoria, Verdad y Justicia, marca el trigésimo octavo aniversario del golpe de estado en Argentina. Después de la muerte de Juan Perón en 1974, su esposa Isabel asumió la presidencia, pero su débil gobierno fue breve. Cayó el 23 de marzo de 1976, cuando los comandantes en jefe de las fuerzas armadas, Jorge Videla, Emilio Massera y Orlando Agosti tomaron control del gobierno, comenzando una nueva dictadura.

 

Hasta que Todos lo Quitemos: Antimonumento +43 en el Paseo de la Reforma

October 10, 2016

“Tenemos que hacerlo, no hay paso atrás”. Con esas palabras contundentes, una comisión de padres de los normalistas desaparecidos de Ayotzinapa dio la aprobación final a la instalación del Antimonumento +43. Después de meses de planeación y trabajo, a los integrantes de la llamada Comisión +43 sólo le restaba lo más difícil, instalarlo.

One Artist, Two Pigs and the Cuban Government: A Recipe for Disaster

October 4, 2016

On December 25, 2014, Havana-based graffiti artist “El Sexto” prepared a piece of performance art featuring a pair of pigs.1 The piece was called Rebelión en la Granja, or Animal Farm.2 After preparing the pigs, El Sexto hailed a taxi, put the pigs in the trunk and asked for Havana’s Central Park.3,4 He was planning to display the pigs at an art show there. But he never made it that far. The taxi was stopped by the police, and El Sexto was detained. He has remained in prison since Christmas Day of last year.

Berta Cáceres - A Loss for Honduras and the World

June 15, 2016

     March 3, 2016 marked a sad day for activist of human rights, indigenous peoples’ rights and environmental activists.  Berta Cáceres, a well-known Honduran activist, was killed[1] at home in the early hours of that Thursday morning. Cáceres fought on many fronts, including human rights, indigenous peoples and the environment, and for this reason, she lived as a target.

U.S. Denies Mexico Conditional Mérida Funding

April 27, 2016

The State Department this month determined that Mexico had not made sufficient progress in working towards its human rights goals, consequently withholding fifteen percent—or $5 million—of its aid to security forces under the Mérida Initiative. In order to grant this portion of funding to the Mexican government, the State Department is required to submit a report to Congress outlining specific steps Mexico has taken to improve its human rights record.

“Operation Wetback”: Eisenhower’s 1950s Deportation Program, Trump’s Modern-Day Deportation Model

April 26, 2016

“Let me just tell you,” trumpeted Donald Trump at the Republican presidential debate in November, “that Dwight Eisenhower—good president, great president; people liked him. ‘I Like Ike,’ right? The expression ‘I Like Ike’—moved a million and a half illegal immigrants out of this country. Moved them just beyond the border. They came back. Moved them again, beyond the border. They came back. Didn’t like it. Moved them way south. They never came back.”1

La Vida No Vale Nada

—¡Pónchale las llantas, pónchale las llantas!— se escucha el grito desesperado de una mujer, mientras en el video se ve como un grupo de policías huyen de la escena donde, minutos después, se aprecia como un grupo de sicarios saca a un hombre de una casa. ¡Bam, bam, bam! Se alcanza a escuchar el tronido de las armas automáticas seguido del grito adolorido de la misma mujer. Otro asesinato más.

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