IACHR

Three prominent Indigenous rights experts to tell Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Canada's Bill S-3 is still 'racist and sexist'

Canadian News

Big Money As Private Immigrant Jails Boom

The Trump administration wants to expand its network of immigrant jails. In recent months, Immigration and Customs Enforcement has called for five new detention facilities to be built and operated by private prison corporations across the country. Critics are alarmed at the rising fortunes of an …

Immigration

Bid for Power in Bolivia Is Just Another Reach for Autocracy

BUENOS AIRES — President Evo Morales of Bolivia seems obsessed with staying in power.<p>In 2016, he called a referendum on a constitutional amendment that would have eased term limits in the country’s Constitution and allowed him to run for a fourth time.<p>After 51 percent of the voters rejected the …

Opinion

Mexican women testify over sexual torture before international panel

SAN JOSE (Reuters) - Women who were sexually tortured by Mexican security forces over a decade ago testified Thursday before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, asking for an investigation into the case that happened in the state once run by President Enrique Pena Nieto.<p>Several of the 11 …

World News

Day of the Imprisoned Writer - Cesario Alejandro Félix Padilla Figueroa

<b>Republic of Honduras</b> <b><br>Cesario Alejandro Félix Padilla Figueroa</b> <b><br>Student leader, PEN member</b><p>Cesario Alejandro Félix Padilla Figueroa, journalism graduate, …

Rights & Freedoms

6 Environmental Activists Killed for Trying to Protect the Planet

A disturbing number of people are losing their lives in an effort to protect undeveloped land, preserve natural resources and defend community …

Liberal View

Liberals urged to accept Senate change to sex-discrimination bill

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is facing increased public pressure from Indigenous women and a feminist alliance to accept a Senate amendment of legislation on sex-based discrimination under the Indian Act.<p>Advocates have joined forces with two Aboriginal senators – Lillian Dyck and Sandra …

Aboriginal Canadians

Liberals urged to accept Senate change to Indian Act sex discrimination bill

House of Commons says it required more time to examine amendment's impacts<p>Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is facing increased public pressure from …

Aboriginal Canadians

Federal Liberals urged to accept Senate change to sex discrimination bill

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is facing increased public pressure from Indigenous women and a feminist alliance to accept a Senate amendment …

Canadian News

Bill S-3: Liberals Pushed To Accept Senate Changes To Sex Discrimination Legislation

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is facing increased public pressure from Indigenous women and a feminist alliance to accept a Senate amendment …

Canadian News

Feds urged to accept Senate's change to bill

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is facing increased public pressure from Indigenous women and a feminist alliance to accept a Senate amendment …

Canadian News

Who Ordered Killing of Honduran Activist? Evidence of Broad Plot Is Found

The existing proof is conclusive regarding the participation of numerous state agents, high-ranking executives and employees of Desa in the planning, …

Latin America

Meet Uruguay's First Openly Transgender Senator

BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Michelle Suarez, Uruguay’s first transgender senator, is already considered elderly. She has made it to 34 - a …

LGBTQ

Texas set to execute Mexican national amid international dispute

The Mexican government is now funding legal efforts by Ruben Cardenas Ramirez to halt his execution after authorities neglected to notify Mexico …

Judiciary

Independents stampede into Mexico’s presidential election

THE split was years in the making. On October 6th Margarita Zavala (pictured), the former first lady of Mexico, resigned from her conservative …

Elections

INTERVIEW -Uruguay's first transgender senator vows to bolster LGBT rights

Michelle Suarez said she will push for laws that bolster the rights and protection of Uruguay's 3,000 transgender people<p>By Anastasia Moloney<p>BOGOTA, …

LGBTQ

Jamaica shuns IACHR hearing

The Jamaican government today shunned an Inter-American Commission on Human Rights hearing examining the alleged unlawful detention of persons by the …

Jamaica

In the Netflix docu-series 'The Day I Met El Chapo,' Kate del Castillo tells her story

If ever there was an example of the adverse effects of late-night Twitter use, it’s the story of how Kate del Castillo became entangled in one of the most bizarre stories of modern times.<p>The outspoken actress has long been a household name in Latin America and beyond thanks to her roles in numerous</i> …

Mexico

Do Recent Moves by the Brazilian President Show Support for Modern-Day Slavery?

MONSENHOR GIL, BRAZIL – APRIL 8: Former slave Francisco Rodrigues dos Santos poses with his sickle on the piece of land where he lives and farms at …

Brazil

Thanks, mom, says Guatemala indigenous leader up for rights prize

A Guatemalan indigenous leader and environmental activist who is among the finalists to receive a prestigious European human rights award says she …

Organization of American States

'Fewer people will be freed': Brazil accused of easing anti-slavery rules

Critics say move cosies up to agribusiness lobby in a bid to build support for President Michel Temer before a crucial vote over making him face trial<p>The Brazilian government has been accused of reducing its ability to protect workers from slave-like labour conditions after abruptly changing the …

Brazil

In Latin America, is there a link between abortion rights and democracy?

Three-quarters of all abortions in Latin America are performed illegally, putting the woman’s life at risk. Together with Africa and Asia, the region …

Rights & Freedoms

Organizations demand Colombian police investigate attack on commission and death of indigenous journalist

The Colombian National Police is being accused of potentially being responsible for two separate attacks on press freedom on Oct. 8.<p>Organizations …

Organization of American States

Mexico's Next President?

Emilio Álvarez Icaza stands in the center of Mexico City’s Tlatelolco Square, rallying the crowd with promises to reform the federal government by …

Culture

Gay lawyer spearheads Panama same-sex marriage efforts

<b>Iván Chanis Barahona</b> is a gay Panamanian lawyer who is spearheading efforts to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples in his Central American …

Equality

'He'd only calm down if he killed one of us': victims of slavery on farms in Brazil

When police descended on a cattle ranch deep in the Amazonian rainforest of Pará state, they found workers in thrall to a boss who allegedly made them toil incessantly on pain of death while living without sanitation, beds or electricity<p>When labour inspectors and heavily armed police officers …

Slavery

September 26, 2014: 43 Students Disappear In Mass Kidnapping

The kidnappings led to unrest in cities and civilian attacks on government buildings and became a nationwide scandal in Mexico.<p><i>This Day in Crime</i> …

Mexico

Taking a step against US impunity in Guantanamo

The fight against impunity in Guantanamo Bay has reached the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.<p>In a hearing last week before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (the Commission), former Guantanamo detainee Djamel Ameziane wrote not only about the torture and abuses he suffered …

Rights & Freedoms

For LGBT people, safety and acceptance can be worlds away

The third world met the first world in the back seat of a car somewhere in Toronto a few weeks ago, which should alarm us all.<p>In that car, two men berated and threatened a gay refugee who had fled from Chechnya to Canada via a secret underground railroad operated by the Liberal government. The …

LGBTQ

Brazil Judge Rules Homosexuality a Disease, Approves ‘Conversion Therapy’

A federal judge in Brazil ruled last week that psychologists could consider homosexuality a disease that could be treated with sexual orientation conversion therapies, raising concerns from LGBTQ and mental health advocates.<p>Toni Reis, who heads Brazil's National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and …

LGBTQ