Blog Posts: Latin America

Guatemala breaks new ground in sex-slavery prosecution

A Guatemalan prosecution of mass rape, the sort of case usually pursued in the International Criminal Court, is believed to be the first of its kind in a national court.
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No Comments | Posted by Melodie Pellot-Hernandez on Mon. February 22, 2016 5:15 PM
Categories: Human trafficking, Insurgency, International Criminal Court, International Human Rights, Latin America, Refugees/Asylum

Dominican Republic violates int'l law in canceling citizenship

The Dominican Republic has stripped citizenship from tens of thousands of ethnic Haitians. The violation of human rights is epic in scale but has provoked virtually no international outcry.

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No Comments | Posted by Keturah T. Reed on Tue. January 26, 2016 8:08 PM
Categories: Caribbean, Immigration, International Human Rights, Latin America, Refugees/Asylum, Reports (longer, analytical blog posts)

Colombian peace accord aims to balance justice, redress, and demobilization

A peace agreement between the Colombian government and the FARC rebel group would create two new courts to try war crimes from the country's fifty-year conflict.


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No Comments | Posted by Melodie Pellot-Hernandez on Sat. October 17, 2015 5:36 PM
Categories: Colombia, Drugs and other contraband, Insurgency, International Court of Justice, Latin America, Reports (longer, analytical blog posts)

The Nicaragua Canal’s Contractual Plan for Displacement of Autonomous People Sparks Cries of Human Rights Violations

In 2012, Nicaragua’s parliament passed a law formally allowing for the construction of the Nicaragua Interoceanic Canal to compete with the smaller Panama Canal. The route passes through the second largest primary tropical rainforest in Central America and the homelands of thousands of indigenous and Afro-Caribbean people. While the Nicaraguan government and HKND have assured people that anyone displaced for the project will be fairly compensated, human rights groups have cried foul and many demonstrations have sprung up around the country protesting the anticipated forced removal.


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Posted by Jacob G. Oakes on Fri. April 17, 2015 6:30 PM
Categories: China, Direct foreign investment, International Human Rights, Latin America, Nicaragua, Shipping

Moving to Find More Humane Immigration Detention Policies

In early March, the White House announced that President Obama has ordered Jeh Johnson, his Homeland Security Secretary, to look for ways to conduct the current deportation system “more humanely within the confines of the law.” The announcement was made immediately after the President’s Oval Office meeting with three Latino members of the Congress. On the following day, the President gathered more than a dozen labor and immigration leaders for a discussion of current deportation policies and the declining prospects of the comprehensive immigration reform.


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No Comments | Posted by Jee-Eun Ahn (Julie) on Fri. April 4, 2014 8:00 AM
Categories: Immigration, Latin America

Chile, Peru, and the ICJ Boundary Settlement

On January 27, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) handed down its ruling in a border dispute between Chile and Peru. The decision affirms the ICJ's capacity to find equitable solutions to discrete international conflicts. Both Chile and Peru have claimed the decision as both a compromise and a victory, suggesting that the ICJ can be a powerful tool for improving international relations.


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No Comments | Posted by Peter H. Webb (Pete) on Mon. February 24, 2014 8:00 AM
Categories: Chile, International Court of Justice, Latin America, Peru, Territorial disputes

Panama Canal May Face Competition for the Future of Global Trade

Now a century old, the Panama Canal is undergoing a massive renovation in order to accommodate more ships, and larger ships. Will that be enough to stave off a potential new competitor canal? 


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No Comments | Posted by Benjamin A. Evans (Ben) on Thu. February 6, 2014 8:00 AM
Categories: China, Free Trade, Latin America, Nicaragua, Shipping

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