Tag: Human Rights
Shocking revelations by a Venezuelan government official about torture carried out by government institutions has allegedly revealed the existence of "torture houses," operated by Venezuelan state agents inside buildings seized from drug traffickers.
In the aftermath of the closure of the Colombia-Venezuela border, criminal groups have seized control of illegal trails, known as "trochas," that have become the only transit option for citizens moving between the two countries.
The Mexican government recently issued a public apology to the families of five young people that were forcibly disappeared in January 2016 in Veracruz. The apology, rare in a country that has historically deviated blame for similar incidents, once again highlights the historical levels of impunity within central institutions.
Members of Venezuela’s political police detained and later freed the country’s new president of Parliament in an event that resembled a kidnapping, showcasing possible conflicts within a police force known for its human rights violations and participation in criminal activities.
A recent report concluded that, in Venezuela, government security forces were responsible for 37 percent of the homicides that occurred in capital city Caracas between 2017 and 2018.
Authorities in Honduras found seven of the eight men accused in the high-profile murder of renowned environmental activist Berta Cáceres guilty, a welcomed step forward, but justice was only partially served.
A new report says that authorities in Latin America continue to struggle in prosecuting cases of murdered journalists, suggesting an unwillingness to adequately investigate these cases. But this grim picture could grow worse as incoming administrations fail to support the role of the media in rooting out corruption and crime.
A recent UN report shows that, in Colombia, the farming of coca for illicit use has not only increased, but has potentially also had significant adverse effects on community workers.
The murder trial of environmental activist Berta Cáceres in Honduras could open a small window into the nexus between criminal networks and elites, but will more likely illustrate just how difficult it is to prosecute powerful families.
New immigration restrictions announced by some countries in Latin America to stem the tide of migrants fleeing Venezuela could create a boomerang effect in the region, and may encourage criminal groups to take advantage and exploit or recruit these vulnerable individuals.
Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto’s final report on the state of the country showed that the security crisis will be one of his darkest legacies and one of the incoming administration’s toughest challenges.