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Remembering Peter Bell

April 15, 2014 | by Chris Stone
Peter Bell, who died on April 4, may have done more to shape American philanthropy over the last five decades than perhaps any of his contemporaries.

Guatemalan Judge Faces Retaliation over Role in Genocide Trial

April 7, 2014 | by Emi MacLean
Judge Yassmin Barrios presided over the genocide trial of Guatemala's former dictator Efrain Rios Montt. Now she is under attack by his allies.

The Politics of Fear: Latin America Backslides on Excessive Pretrial Detention

April 1, 2014 | by Robert Varenik
Denying pretrial release to suspects, regardless of the potential threat, has become a favored strategy for politicians eager to present themselves as "tough on crime".

In Latin America, Drug Policy Is a Human Rights Issue

March 25, 2014 | by Heloisa Griggs, Angelica Zamora
For the first time ever, a key human rights body in the Americas has begun studying the impact of drug policies on human rights.

Extreme Abuse in the Name of Drug “Treatment”

March 13, 2014 | by Roxanne Saucier
In private facilities across Latin America, drug users are often detained against their will and tortured under the guise of “treatment.”

Don't be Fooled by the Dominican Republic's Judicial Laundering of Racism

March 11, 2014 | by Julia Harrington Reddy
The Dominican Republic is making a mockery of the rule of law, as it stands behind a constitutional ruling that makes hundreds of thousands of its people stateless.
Grantee Spotlight

When Schools Become Targets of War

March 6, 2014 | by Trine Petersen
Around the world, schools, student, and teachers are targeted as a tactic of war. States need to take action to stop this appalling practice.
Grantee Spotlight

Young Latin Americans Support a New Approach to Drugs

February 25, 2014 | by Eduardo Vergara
The drug policy debate in Latin America has been accelerating lately. A new study underlines this trend by showing that young, urban Latin Americans favor a re-assessment of current policies.

Toward a Fairer Education System in Chile

February 17, 2014 | by Trine Petersen
Is an open society possible when education is segregated by one’s ability to pay for it? Giorgio Jackson explains the impact of recent political and social changes in Chile on the right to education.

Torture: It Can Happen Anywhere

February 13, 2014 | by Lauren Frohne
Torture doesn’t happen only in interrogation rooms. Sometimes it takes place where you might least expect it. Juan Méndez, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, explains.

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