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Brazil’s clandestine mass grave in Perus (São Paulo)

Oct 15th, 2018 | By

In 1990, a clandestine mass grave with 1.049 unidentified mortal remains was found at the Dom Bosco Cemetery located in Perus, a suburban district of the city of São Paulo. It represents one of the innumerous crimes committed by the Brazilian dictatorial regime, which emerged with the military coup d’état in 1964 and lasted until 1985. The discovery of the Vala Clandestina de Perus (Perus illegal ditch), as it came to be known, was possible due to the courage and perseverance of a few individual persons. Lanaís de Castro recounts the story of the concealment and discovery of the crimes committed at this illegal burial site.



Rezension zum neuen Werk von Juliana Ströbele-Gregor: Transnationale Spurensuche in den Anden

Aug 27th, 2018 | By

Juliana Ströbele-Gregor ist in der akademischen Welt vor allem als Spezialistin für indigene Bewegungen im Andenraum bekannt. Rechte indigener Frauen und die Auseinandersetzung mit den vielfältigen Einflüssen evangelikaler Sekten in diesem Raum sind ihre besonderen Schwerpunkte. Ihr neuestes Buch verrät unter anderem, dass dieser Forschungsschwerpunkt auch eine biografische Geschichte hat.



Der Fall Molina Theissen – The Molina Theissen case

Aug 20th, 2018 | By

Guatemala ist das lateinamerikanische Land mit der höchsten Anzahl von Opfern des gewaltsamen Verschwindenlassens. Gretel Mejía berichtet in ihrem Artikel von der bemerkenswerten Geschichte der Familie Molina Theissen und ihrer Suche nach Wahrheit und Gerechtigkeit.

Guatemala is the country with the highest number of victims of enforced disappearance in Latin America. In her article Gretel Alexandra Mejía Bonifazi reports the remarkable example of the Molina Theissen family in the search for truth and justice.



Indigene Völker und ihre Rechte – zur aktuellen Situation der indigenen Völker in Lateinamerika

Aug 7th, 2018 | By

Seit 1993 widmet die UN- Generalversammlung den 9. August den indigenen Völkern. Der internationale Tag der indigenen Völker will auf die besondere Situation der indigenen Gemeinschaften aufmerksam machen und ein Zeichen für Sensibilisierung und Respekt setzen. Auch auf die Notwendigkeit des Schutzes und Erhaltung der indigenen Kulturen soll hingewiesen werden. Das Thema des diesjährigen Gedenktages widmet sich der aktuellen Lage der indigenen Gebiete und den Hauptursachen von Migration und Vertreibung. Anlässlich dieses besonderen Tages wird in diesem Beitrag die aktuelle Situation der indigenen Völker vorgestellt.



The Inter-American Court of Human Rights’ report on the Herzog Case: A reflection on the tortuous way for the right to memory and truth and on the absence of justice in Brazil

Aug 1st, 2018 | By

To convict the responsible state’s authorities for perpetrating human rights violations is extremely necessary for dealing with the past, overcoming the legacy of authoritarianism and strengthening democracy. Brazil has not addressed this challenge the best it should yet.  Lanaís de Castro gives us in her article an overview about the right to the truth and memory

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Human rights violations in the refugee and asylum seeker crisis in Israel

Jul 25th, 2018 | By

36,630 Asylum seekers are living in Israel, only eleven received a refugee status. With research, testimonies and interviews with asylum seekers from Eritrea, Noam Cohen gives us an overview about the life of asylum seekers in Israel: Detention centers, xenophobia and the threat of forced deportation.



The struggle of human rights NGOs and the “Funding Transparency” Law in Israel

Jul 12th, 2018 | By

The delegitimization of human Rights NGOs by the Israeli government is getting stronger and the NGOs’ space in Israel is shrinking. Noam Cohen is giving an overview of the situation in Israel after the new “NGO Funding Transparency” law has been in force since 2016.



Is providing humanitarian assistance a crime?

May 15th, 2018 | By

The right to water is recognized in international legal instruments, as part of the most basic requirements for sustaining the live and dignity of persons. According to the International Committee of the Red Cross, the destruction of water supplies is considered a denial of humanitarian assistance.

No More Deaths has reported that water containers were vandalized on average twice a week, between 2012 and 2015. It said Border Patrol agents were the main perpetrators accusing them of destroying humanitarian supplies in the desert. After this, on January 17, 2018, Scott Warren, a volunteer with No More Deaths, was arrested and charged with a felony for harboring migrants.



The Struggle against Torture in Italy – The Failure of the Italian Law

Mar 6th, 2018 | By

Torture is considered to be the most common human rights violation in today´s modern world, not only in underdeveloped and/or authoritarian countries, but also in long-established democracies with strict laws about the topic. Cases of police or military violence against civilians that might amount to torture fill newspaper pages all over the world. A prominent case is the one that occurred during the G8 summit in Genoa, Italy, also known as the “Scuola Diaz e Bolzaneto” (Diaz School and Bolzaneto) scandal. It remains unresolved.



La falta de garantías para la redistribución de la tierra en Colombia podría ser un obstáculo para la construcción de paz

May 29th, 2017 | By

Die fehlenden Garantien der Umverteilung des Landes in Kolumbien könnten ein Hindernis im Friedensprozess darstellen

Die schwache Präsenz staatlicher Institutionen in ländlichen Gegenden, die beschränkten Möglichkeiten politischer Partizipation und der gescheiterte Versuch einer Landreform waren die Gründe des bewaffneten Konfliktes, der seit sechzig Jahren in Kolumbien herrscht.
Der Artikel ist in spanischer Sprache.