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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...
More than 26,000 Mexicans have disappeared since 2006
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Criminal Groups Enslaving Mexicans In ‘Forced Labor Camps’

Disappeared Mexicans are reportedly being enslaved in forced labor camps run by criminal groups, a scenario that could help account for the tens of thousands...
Mexico's disappeared number in the thousands
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Mexico Security Forces Facing More Scrutiny After Accusations of Abuse

Accusations were filed against Mexican security and judicial officials for 21 extrajudicial killings and 20 forced disappearances in the first five months of 2013,...
Colombia has the world's highest number of displaced people
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BACRIM Displacement Victims Win Legal Recognition in Colombia

Colombia's Constitutional Court has decreed that the National Victim's Registry must cover people displaced by the BACRIM, marking a victory for the thousands...
Guerrero residents demand action on kidnapping
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Armed Men Kidnap 17 People in Mexican Town

A group of armed men have kidnapped at least 17 people after bursting into homes in the Mexican state of...