2009 News Stories

CID The Organization of American States and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights publishes its report Democracy and Human Rights in Venezuela.
CID, December 30, 2009.

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The Latin American Initiative Uribe's Possible Third Term and Conflict Resolution in Colombia: Colombia's efforts to resolve its half-century armed conflict and growing tensions with neighbours will be shaped by the decision on whether to change the constitution to enable President Alvaro Uribe to seek a second re-election in May 2010.
International Crisis Group, December 18, 2009.

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The Latin American Initiative UN experts criticize Chavez for detention of Judge Afiuni: POLITICS Three United Nations outsourced experts voiced on Wednesday deep concern about the recent detention of Judge Maria Lourdes Afiuni Mora and termed it "a blow of President Hugo Chavez to independence of justices and lawyers in the country."
El Universal, December 17, 2009.

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Arturo Beltran Leyva Mexican forces kill drug lord Arturo Beltran Leyva: One of Mexico's most-wanted drug lords has been killed in a shoot-out with state security forces, officials say.
December 17, 2009.

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Zelaya not popular Survey; Negative views in Honduras of leaders: (CNN) -- Hondurans divided over an ongoing political crisis agree on one thing -- they don't think very highly of their leaders, according to a new survey.
CNN News, December 15, 2009.

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Zelaya Manuel Zelaya exile move from Honduras 'postponed': Plans for ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya to leave for exile in Mexico are on hold, the interim government of Honduras has said.
BBC News, December 10, 2009.

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The Latin American Initiative African-Americans: Blacks in Cuba 'treated with callous disregard': Havana, Cuba (CNN) -- A group of prominent African-Americans has challenged Cuba's race record, accusing the island nation of harassing its black citizens and cracking down on civil rights activists.
December 9, 2009.

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Julio Rivas prensa Venezuelan protesters end hunger strike over prisoners: (CNN) -- Twenty-one Venezuelan students and supporters on Tuesday ended an 18-day hunger strike over the government's treatment of what protesters call political prisoners.
CNN, December 8, 2009.

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The Latin American Initiative Mexico; Raid on Slave Labor: The police freed 107 people on Thursday who were imprisoned and forced to work in a clandestine factory in Mexico City, the prosecutor's office said.
The New York Times, December 3, 2009.

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The Latin American Initiative Court Papers Detail Killings by the Military in Guatemala: MEXICO CITY- There are almost 200 pages of platoon reports, and they each repeat a similar story: A military patrol enters a Mayan village in the Guatemalan region of El Quiche in the summer of 1982.
New York Times, December 3, 2009.

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Porfirio Lobo Sosa Nations divided on recognizing Honduran president-elect: (CNN) -- Voters in Honduras have elected a new president, but it remained in question Monday whether the international community would recognize conservative candidate Porfirio Lobo Sosa.
CNN, November 30, 2009.

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Mujica Exit polls: Ex-guerrilla wins Uruguay presidency: Montevideo, Uruguay (CNN) -- Jose "Pepe" Mujica, a former Marxist Tupamaro guerrilla fighter, won Uruguay's presidential runoff election Sunday, exit polls showed.
CNN, November 29, 2009.

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Phone tapping The role of spies in Latin America: Charges of blackmail and espionage have led to arrests and several rows between a number of Latin American countries.
BBC News, November 28, 2009.

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Gabriel Silva Venezuelan army blows up two bridges in Colombia: Venezuelan soldiers blew up two pedestrian bridges Thursday in Colombia's Norte de Santander frontier department, reported the Colombian government.
Colombia Reports, November 19, 2009.

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The Latin American Initiative Women 'bearing brunt' of climate change: Trouble in Bolivian AndesOn the steep, dusty slopes of the Chacaltaya mountains, thousands of meters above sea level in the Bolivian Andes, the hardy farmers tending root crops or herding llamas have no need of scientists or climatologists to measure the impact of global warming.
CNN, November 18, 2009.

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book cover New Castro, Same Cuba: Political Prisoners in the Post-Fidel Era This 123-page report shows how the Raul Castro government has relied in particular on the Criminal Code offense of "dangerousness," which allows authorities to imprison individuals before they have committed any crime...
Human Rights Watch, November 18, 2009.

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Zelaya phone Ruling on Zelaya 'after election': Congress in Honduras will not vote on whether to restore ousted President Manuel Zelaya until after elections this month, a senior lawmaker said.
BBC News, November 17, 2009.

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Human Rights Program in Bolivia U.S. Court Allows Human Rights Suit Against Former Bolivian President and Minister of Defense to Proceed: Cases brought under the Alien Tort Statute allege crimes against humanity and extrajudicial killing of Bolivian citizens in 2003
Human Rights Program, HLS, November 10, 2009.

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Zelaya Honduras deal 'dead': Readers react Mr Zelaya has abandoned the deal drawn up to form a unity government A deal to end the political crisis in Honduras is "dead", according to ousted President Manuel Zelaya.
BBC News, November 6, 2009.

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The Latin American Initiative Venezuela, Accelerating the Bolivarian Revolution: President Hugo Chavez's victory in the 15 February 2009 referendum, permitting indefinite reelection of all elected officials, marked an acceleration of his "Bolivarian revolution" and "socialism of the 21st century".
International Crisis Group, November 5, 2009.

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map The people and the land: A fight over history and poverty HOW far can the clock be turned back? That is the question facing Chile's government in the Araucania region, the homeland of the Mapuche Indians in the country's forested south.
The Economist, November 5, 2009.

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The Latin American Initiative Honduras politicians study deal: The leadership of the Honduran Congress is set to start considering an accord that might lead to the return to power of ousted President Manuel Zelaya. The deal was signed last week by teams representing Mr Zelaya and the interim government that came to power in June.
BBC News, November 3, 2009.

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The Latin American Initiative Trial Begins for a Former President of Argentina: BUENOS AIRES (AP) A trial began on Monday for Argentina's last dictator, Reynaldo Bignone, a retired general, as well as for five former generals and two others who are accused of kidnappings and murders that prosecutors say took place in the Campo de Mayo military base.
New York Times, November 2, 2009.

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The Latin American Initiative Honduras Radio Journalists Dealt Further Blow to Freedom of Expression: Amnesty International has denounced an attack on the freedom of the press in Honduras, following the cancellation of three radio programmes.
Press release: Amnesty International, October 27, 2009.

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The Latin American Initiative Yoani Sánchez wins Moors Cabot Prize: Sanches, a 34-year-old Cuban writer, editor and linguistics scholar, last week became the first blogger to win one of Columbia University's Maria Moors Cabot Prizes for journalism that advances inter-American understanding.
The New York Times, October 18, 2009.

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The Latin American Initiative Mexico Must Not Repatriate Injured Immigrants: The Mexican authorities should not forcibly repatriate three migrants shot and injured by security forces at the country's southern border.
Amnesty International, October 1, 2009.

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The Latin American Initiative Hondurans wait for crisis to unfold: A city of empty streets, is how BBC Mundo described the situation in the Honduran capital, Tegucigalpa,more than a day after the dramatic return of the deposed president, Manuel Zelaya.
BBC News, September 23, 2009.

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