South America

#IBelong: The UNHCR’s Global Campaign End Statelessness By 2024

Statelessness is a global issue that affects at least 10 million people across the world, as per a UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) estimation. In the eyes of international law, people who are stateless are not citizens or nationals of any state; sometimes because they are born stateless, and […]

More Indigenous Activists Killed In Colombia

On October 24th , a prominent Colombian Indigenous activist, Aulio Isamara Forastero, was assassinated near the Catru Dubaza Ancoso shelter. An official statement by the National Indigenous Organisation of Colombia (ONIC) describes how five men dressed in the uniform of the Colombian guerrilla group, ELN, took Forasterio from his home under […]

No Charges For Michel Temer

On Wednesday, October 25th, 2017, the Brazilian congress voted not to pursue corruption charges against President Michel Temer. The president and his supporters expected the results; over half of congress voted against going to trial and the President reached his required third of congress support in two hours. During the […]

Top Brazilian Generals Test The Waters For Military Intervention

On September 19, one of Brazil’s most distinguished military officials, General Antonio Hamilton Martins Mourão, published a Facebook post stating his support for military intervention to resolve the ongoing political crisis within the country. Augusto Heleno, a four-star general in the Brazilian army, defended the comments of his colleague, who had […]

An Alarming Increase In Hunger And Obesity In Latin America

Significant progress has been made over the past few decades to combat starvation and malnutrition in Latin America, but UN agencies warn that conflict and climate change threaten to derail progress. Ideally the region aims to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal 2 by eradicating hunger and malnutrition by 2030. Recently […]

Protests Erupt In Peru As Debate Over Fujimori’s Pardon Continues

Hundreds of Peruvian women were protesting the possible pardon of former President Alberto Fujimori last week, who is currently serving a 25-year sentence for human rights crimes and corruption during his term in office from 1990 to 2001. The protest highlighted Fujimori’s dark history of mass sterilizations committed by the […]

Guatemalan Congress’ Vote To Protect Morales Causes Controversy

On the 11th of September, the Guatemalan Congress voted against lifting President Jimmy Morales’ immunity from prosecution. The vote transpired just hours after a congressional commission recommended the protection to be withdrawn to open the way for a possible trial surrounding allegations of illicit campaign financing. The vote followed an […]

Alleged Massacre Of “Uncontacted” Tribes People In Brazil: Violence With Far-Reaching Significance

Brazilian authorities are investigating the alleged massacre of 8 to 10 members of an “uncontacted” tribe in the country’s Javari Valley. Allegations of the massacre first arose after illegal gold miners reportedly boasted of the murders, for which they claimed responsibility, in a bar near the Colombia border. The incident […]