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Slain activists Ribeiro da Silva and his wife, Espirito Santo
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LatAm Most Dangerous in the World for Environmentalists: Report

A new report by the international watchdog group Global Witness says two-thirds of documented killings of environmentalists over the last decade occurred in Latin...
Journalism in Argentina is increasingly dangerous
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Report Signals Rising Threat to Argentina Journalists

A report by a journalism watchdog in Argentina shows a pattern of increasing aggressions against journalists, with both police and drug traffickers among those...
A Wounaan man navigates through indigenous territory
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Panama Indigenous Shine Light on Deforestation Caused by Illegal Activity

A documentary by indigenous communities in Panama has cast light on the catastrophic effect of illegal logging and ranching on the country's rainforest, in another...
Ex-Bogota Mayor Samuel Moreno is on trial for corruption
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US State Dept Report Highlights Impact of Corruption in LatAm

The US State Department's annual Human Rights report highlights how in Latin America deeply ingrained corruption fuelled by organized crime has gravely compromised...
Mexican journalists protest anti-media violence
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Report Shows Crime’s Rising Impact on LatAm Media Freedom

Reporters Without Borders' latest ranking of world press freedom highlights how the impact of organized crime on Latin American media not only affects the countries...
Land restitution campaigners are often targeted by criminals
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Rise in Colombia Human Rights Murders Linked to Neo-Paramilitaries

A human rights watchdog in Colombia documented a rise in killings of human rights defenders in 2013 with paramilitaries the primary perpetrators, a development...
A worker in an illegal gold mine in Peru
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How Gold Trade Fuels Modern-Day Slavery in Peru

Slave-like conditions, frequent accidents, disease and sexual exploitation are a normal part of the illegal gold mining trade in Peru, a gripping report by a...
"No more blood": Mexicans protest drug war violence
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‘War on Drugs’ Subverts Human Rights, Strengthens Organized Crime: HRW

In the new annual report published by Human Rights Watch, the NGO argues that governments should decriminalize personal drug use to protect human rights, but does...
Brazil police remove a body after a shootout
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Why Do Brazilian Police Kill?

An average of five people were killed by police every day in Brazil last year, according to an annual security report, revealing an entrenched culture of violence...
San Fernando farmhouse, scene of migrant massacre
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US Cables Raise Questions about Mexico Migrant Massacres

US government documents obtained by a Washington DC-based non-governmental organization shed some light on one of the darkest periods in recent Mexican history: the...
450,000 children work in Paraguay
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Paraguay Govt Corruption Fueling Child Prostitution: UN

The United Nations has called on Paraguay to take action on child prostitution and "high levels of corruption," two related plagues in this Southern Cone...
Colombians marching to reclaim land in Cali
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BACRIM The Greatest Threat to Colombia Land Restitution: HRW

Neo-paramilitary criminal gangs are the greatest threat to Colombians trying to reclaim stolen land, according to US NGO Human Rights Watch, though these new...