Politics

  • Migrants Pay the Price for Security Shortcomings

    Jul 14, 2020
    As governments across the Andean region have increasingly demonstrated a willingness to scapegoat Venezuelan migrants for problems of crime and insecurity, the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic threatens to add to this rising tide of xenophobia.
  • Mexico Homicide Data Underlines Failure of Security Strategy

    Jul 14, 2020
    This represents a clear failure of the national security strategy adopted by the government led by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. According to López Obrador, the main security objective of his administration is to reduce the high levels of violence linked to drug trafficking activity.
  • Urugay - A Year of Record Cocaine Seizures

    Jul 14, 2020
    Uruguayan anti-narcotics authorities were delivered two massive cocaine seizures, together totalling around six tonnes (t). This aptly rounded off a year of important drug seizures, during which a total 12t of cocaine were confiscated according to national daily El País.
  • Paraguay Under Pressure Over Corruption

    Jul 14, 2020
    As the known involvement in corruption of a number of high-profile public officials in Paraguay, former and current, has returned to the fore, pressure is growing on the administration of President Mario Abdo Benítez to crack down on the crime, with the US being particularly vocal on the matter.
  • Brazil Indigenous Violence on The Rise

    Jul 14, 2020
    This is the case with attacks against Brazil’s indigenous peoples, notably in the Amazon, a problem that is intertwined with environmental issues and illegal economic activities on protected territories.
  • Venezuela - Gold Rush Driving Violent Crime

    Jul 14, 2020
    The death of eight people in the gold-mining town of Ikabarú, on Bolívar state’s Brazilian border, has drawn significant national attention in Venezuela. The so-called ‘Ikabarú massacre’ is the latest violent incident linked to criminal gangs seeking to take advantage of the region’s vast mineral wealth.
  • The Ongoing Struggle Against Femicide in Central America

    Jul 14, 2020
    Many of the protests were held across Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) where, according to the United Nations (UN), 12 women are killed as a result of femicide every day. While the regional voice against the gender-related killing of women and girls has grown in pitch, and has encouraged actions such as the writing of the specific offence into law in many countries
  • Panama - Seeking to Address a Major Priority

    Jul 14, 2020
    Addressing the weakness of the judiciary, which like Panama’s other institutions has been hit by scandal in recent years, was a declared priority for President Laurentino Cortizo whose Partido Revolucionario Democrático (PRD) government took office for a five-year.
  • Peru - Transnational Turn for War on Drug Trafficking

    Jul 14, 2020
    Peru’s struggle against drug trafficking organisations (DTOs) has been the bane of successive governments, and new defence minister Walter Martos’ pledge to intensify the fight against the DTOs in 2020 seemed, in many ways, like a continuation of this status quo.
  • Ecuador - IACHR Considers Landmark Sexual Violence Case

    Jul 14, 2020
    The Center for Reproductive Rights, an international NGO fighting the case on behalf of the family of sexual assault victim Paola Guzmán Albarracín, believes a ruling in its favour would set a hugely significant legal precedent in Ecuador, and across the Americas as a whole.
  • Peru - Vizcarra Seeks Anti-Corruption Coalition

    Jul 14, 2020
    This result produced few clear insights into the country’s political future, neither identifying a frontrunner for 2021’s presidential elections nor providing the incumbent, President Martín Vizcarra, with a straightforward majority coalition.
  • Bolivia Interim Government Faces Indigenous Challenge

    Jul 14, 2020
    The increasing polarisation of Bolivian politics in recent months has shone a light on deeper-lying social divisions in the country, as critics of Jeanine Áñez’s interim government have argued that there is a broadly racialised divide between supporters of Áñez, and of the deposed Movimiento al Socialismo.
  • COLOMBIA - Duque Digs In

    Sep 02, 2018
    Fresh large-scale protests were staged on 16 December, as the government led by President Iván Duque pressed ahead with its unpopular tax reform package.