South America

Communities Across Brazil Mourn The Death Of Politician And Activist Marielle Franco

On March 14th, Brazilian politician and activist, Marielle Franco, was assassinated in Rio de Janeiro by two unknown attackers who fired nine shots at her car, also killing her driver Anderson Pedro Gomes.  38-year old Marielle Franco is remembered as a groundbreaking Black, gay female activist, who spoke out against rampant […]

Migration Crisis: Venezuelan Exodus Strains Colombia

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has suspended the issuing of temporary visas to Venezuelan refugees in an effort to slow down the surge of people seeking safety in the neighbouring country. The ongoing humanitarian crisis in Venezuela has forced over half a million of its citizens into Colombia over the […]

A Regional Agreement To Protect Environmental Activists In Latin America And The Caribbean

As a result of the increasing number of murders of land and environmental defenders in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), 24 states of the region have adopted a legally binding agreement on the “access to information, participation and justice in environmental matters.”  The principal aim of this deal is to protect […]

Brazilian Federal Decree Places Public Security Under Military Jurisdiction In Rio De Janeiro

On Friday, February 16th, the Brazilian federal government issued a public safety decree in the state of Rio de Janeiro—police, firefighters, and intelligence-gathering initiatives—will be placed under military jurisdiction for the rest of 2018. Passed down directly from President Michel Temer with the signature of Rio’s Governor, Luiz Fernando Pezão, […]

Colombia’s FARC Rebels Suspend Presidential Election Campaigning

The political manifestation of Colombia’s former militant group, the FARC, has suspended its electoral campaign for Colombia’s 2018 presidential election. Leaders of the party have attributed the decision to the many incidents of verbal aggression their candidates have experienced on the campaign trail and the recent violent deaths of multiple […]

Ecuador And The National Referendum: The Breakdown Of A Socialist Regime

On the 4th of February, a national referendum was held in Ecuador. Seven questions regarding topics about corruption, indefinite re-election, children and environmental protection, mining, the law on capital gains, and the restructuring of the Council for Citizen Participation and Social Control, a government body, were part of the controversial […]