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Human Rights

Winter 2019​ | Volume III, Number 1

Table of Contents

Editor’s Letter →

by June Carolyn Erlick

Introduction

Guest Introduction: Human Rights

Guest Introduction: Human Rights

On my first visit to the Holocaust Museum in Washington DC, I received a copy of a passport of a young Polish boy. He had emigrated from Warsaw with his family, escaping the atrocities of the…

Country Focus

A Violence Called Democracy

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…

Guatemala Today

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…

Health, Immigration, and Human Rights

The Law and Life

The Law and Life

Vicky arrived with visible anxiety at the legal assistance office where I was volunteering in our small Northern California town of Napa. Sitting uneasily across the desk from me, she whispered…

The 10% Solution

The 10% Solution

Distinctive among recent demonstrations on the streets of Mexico City have been protests organized by retired and often impoverished men employed temporarily and under contract in…

Inter-American Court

Inter-American Court

On September 18, 2003, the Inter-American Court issued an historic judgment expanding the scope of protection of labor rights of migrant workers in the Americas. The decision is the most…

Children Seeking Asylum

Children Seeking Asylum

Edwin Muñoz left his native Honduras at 13 to seek asylum in the United States. Abandoned by his mother as a four-year-old, he had lived with a brutal cousin who forced him to earn money…

Thinking on Human Rights

Transition to Democracy

Transition to Democracy

During the1970s and 80s dictatorships throughout much of Latin-America, thousands were illegally incarcerated, tortured, summarily executed, disappeared or forced into exile. Young…

Rethinking Human Rights

Rethinking Human Rights

I sit in my Bogotá office, catching up with reading in international law. I sometimes wonder whether to bother. Here in Colombia, reality makes the language of human rights seem useless…

Reclaiming the Disappeared

Reclaiming the Disappeared

The four women sat blindfolded and bound in the clandestine prison in La Plata, Argentina. Only one lived to tell the story. And her story, a reflection of the dark time of the 1980s Argentine…

Perspective on Human Rights

Perspective on Human Rights

In the last 20 years, Latin America has experienced a shift in the scope and debate regarding human rights compliance. In the 80s, Central America was immersed in civil wars, and South…

Indigenous Rights

Indigenous Rights

In recent human rights practice, Latin America’s indigenous peoples have fared better than its Army officers. While government efforts to apply the rule of law to military officers have been…

Harvard Forum on Human Rights in Brazil

Harvard Forum on Human Rights in Brazil

The Harvard Forum on Human Rights in Brazil spotlights Harvard faculty and research centers engaged in human rights and Brazil-related research. It also features Brazilian scholars…

Internationalizing Human Rights

Internationalizing Human Rights

The internationalization of human rights standards, under way for decades, has accelerated in recent years. More countries than ever before have incorporated human rights norms and…

Book Talk

My World Is Not of This Kingdom

My World Is Not of This Kingdom

Gregory Rabassa translated My World Is Not of This Kingdom by João de Melo because it was the most astonishing novel he had read since One Hundred Years of Solitude. He undertook this…

Proclaiming Revolution

Proclaiming Revolution

In April of 1952, Bolivia, an obscure, landlocked, country with a mining economy and an impoverished indigenous majority in the heart of South America jumped to the front pages of…

Poéticas del flujo

Poéticas del flujo

osé Antonio Mazzotti, in his second book, Poéticas del flujo. Migración y violencia verbales, identifies the different trends in 1980s Peruvian poetry. With characteristic flexibility and a wide…

Signs of the Inka Khipu

Signs of the Inka Khipu

How people know things is as important for study as is what they know. Facts do not exist without a system of thought. How facts become facts, the basic units of knowledge, is crucial to…

The Company They Kept

The Company They Kept

For nearly a century, Central America and the Caribbean were the mis-en-scène of the bananero culture that thrived for nearly a century (1870-1960). The culture itself is famous for…