Author: Adelaide Matos

Violent Disappearances Continue At The Mexican Border

On March 25th, 2018, in the northern border city of Nuevo Laredo, a Mexican Marine helicopter opened fired from above killing a mother and two of her daughters. The Marines initially denied their involvement in the deaths, but when experts determined that the wounds could have only be inflicted from

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Health Crisis In Venezuela

For years now, Venezuela has been plagued with a political and socioeconomic crisis as Maduro, continues to strengthen his control over the nation. Some economists are even considering the conditions to be worse than the Great Depression due to hyperinflation like never seen before, according to NBC. As the country’s

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UN Sheds New Light On Ayotzinapa 43 Case In Mexico

The United Nation’s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is accusing the Mexican government of fabricating evidence and using torture to force confessions during the 2014 investigation into the disappearance of 43 students, also known as the Ayotzinapa 43 Case. On Thursday, March 15th,  the OHCHR released

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Thousands Displaced In Land Dispute In Chiapas, Mexico

Since late October 2017, a territorial conflict over lands in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas has escalated rapidly, resulting in the forced displacement of more than 5,000 inhabitants of Chalchihuitan, according to Human Rights Watch. The conflict centres around a territorial dispute between the neighbouring Tzotzil communities of Chalchihuitan

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Behind Closed Doors: Uncovering The Abuse Of Detainees In Venezuela

For months now, footage of police exerting acts of violence towards young protesters amidst the political chaos in Venezuela has been broadcast all over the world. However, less is known about the thousands of alleged anti-government protesters who have been detained by authorities behind closed doors. In April, blindfolded and

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Disappearance Of Indigenous Activist In Argentina Sparks Outrage

Thousands of Argentine’s are demanding answers regarding the disappearance of Santiago Maldonado, an activist for indigenous rights, who was last seen over a month ago. Maldonado went missing during a protest with the Mapuche community in the southern region of Patagonia where they were met by border police. Following the

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Gunmen Attack Hospital In Guatemala To Free Imprisoned Gang Member

At least 7 people were killed and another 12 were injured on August 16th when attackers stormed the halls of Roosevelt Hospital in the capital of Guatemala. The gunmen entered the hospital carrying assault rifles and open fired just outside the emergency room area. The attackers killed two guards, two

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The Fight For LGBT Rights In Latin America

For years now, human rights organizations have considered Honduras one of the most hostile and dangerous countries for human rights activists. On July 10th 2017, Osmin David Valle Castillo, an influential LGBT activist, answered the door at his home where he was beaten and chased by an unidentified man, according

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United Nations Mission Attacked In Southwest Colombia

The United Nations Mission in Caloto, Colombia was attacked by unknown assailants on Sunday, August 6th during a collaborative operation to uncover and extract weapon caches left behind by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP). The assailants stormed the site carrying rifles and other weapons, after which additional police

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Venezuela Government Supporters Attack Politicians At The National Assembly

On a day traditionally spent celebrating the independence of Venezuela from the Spanish crown, members of the opposition party were unexpectedly met with violence and terror when dozens of pro-government activists attacked and terrorized the grounds of Venezuela’s National Assembly building in downtown Caracas. The chaos began at the break

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