Archive for the ‘Human Rights’ Category

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Bachelet Administration To Mapuches: ‘Sorry You Lost Your Land’

June 25, 2014

The recently inaugurated government of President Michelle Bachelet issued a timely mea culpa this month in an effort to press the proverbial reset button on long frayed relations with the Mapuche, Chile’s largest indigenous group. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Chile’s Congress Bids Adieu To Controversial ‘Hinzpeter Law’

June 5, 2014

Two days after losing last month’s presidential runoff, the Chilean right suffered a second stinging defeat, this time in the lower house of Congress, the Cámara de Diputados, which voted Dec. 17 to reject a controversial law and order bill known popularly as the “Ley Hinzpeter.” Read the rest of this entry ?

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Kidney Disease Epidemic In Nicaragua’s ‘Land of Rum and Sugar’

June 5, 2014

In Chichigalpa, Nicaragua’s “tierra del ron y del azúcar” (land of rum and sugar), hundreds of men who developed a “mystery” illness while working in local sugarcane fields are seeking compensation from their former employer, a powerful conglomerate called Grupo Pellas. Read the rest of this entry ?

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El Salvador: Human Rights Archives Torched

January 29, 2014

An intimidating pre-dawn attack on a San Salvador human rights organization has turned new attention to the still divisive legacy of El Salvador’s dozen-year civil war (1980-1992), which involved numerous abuses and atrocities, and resulted in an estimated 75,000 deaths and 8,000 disappearances. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Chile: Víctor Jara’s Alleged Killer Faces Legal Challenges In U.S.

January 22, 2014
Slain singer-songwriter Victor Jara remembered in a Santiago mural (Wikipedia)

Slain singer-songwriter Victor Jara remembered in a Santiago mural (Wikipedia)

History may finally be catching up to a former Chilean Army officer – and long-time resident of the US state of Florida – who allegedly played a lead role in the 1973 murder of famed Chilean singer-songwriter Víctor Jara. Read the rest of this entry ?

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El Salvador: Catholic Church Pulls The Plug On Crusading Human Rights Institute

January 22, 2014

The Salvadoran Catholic Church has shuttered one of the country’s key human rights institutions, the Tutela Legal del Arzobispado, a legal aid office that operated for more than 35 years and collected a huge cache of documents regarding rights violations committed before, during and after the country’s dozen-year civil war (1980-1992). Read the rest of this entry ?

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Salvadoran ‘Jesuit Massacre’ Suspect To Serve Time – In The United States

January 22, 2014

A Salvadoran man implicated in one of his country’s highest-profile human rights atrocities is headed to jail – albeit not in El Salvador, and not, technically speaking, because of numerous extrajudicial killings allegedly committed under his command. Read the rest of this entry ?