Category: Country Focus, Human Rights

Peru’s Human Rights Coordinating Committee

The human rights abuses that devastated Peru from the early 1980s to the mid 1990s are once again an issue of debate in that country with the release of the Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation’s…

Human Rights and Reconciliation

I feel the strongest of bonds with Cuba. I was born there and left as an 11-year old with my family for the United States shortly after the revolution came to power. We thought our stay here would…

A Violence Called Democracy

It became known as Guatemala’s Black Thursday. Peasant demonstrators swept through the streets of Guatemala City. They smashed windows and burn cars, while some chanted “We want…

The Persistent Insanity of Augusto Pinochet

When Pinochet was given his freedom by the courts and ushered out of the Senate in July of 2002, it was always with the expectation that he would avoid the public spotlight and stay at…

The Naked Emperor of the Southern Cone

On a hot and dusty January day in Santiago de Chile, I was riding in my host father Alberto’s pickup truck, passing the large factories and ramshackle homes that line the city’s north border…

Peruvian Commission on Truth and Reconciliation

Today Peru is confronting a time of national shame. The two final decades of the 20th century are—it’s necessary to say without beating around the bush—a mark of horror and…

Guatemala Today

As the rains fade and the heat returns, Guatemalans are preparing themselves for what many believe to be the country’s most important election in recent memory. To hear it told on the…

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