Defending human rights in Latin America


Scranton, Pennsylvania - Time Magazine recently named The Protester as its person of the year 2011. If I were to confine the choice to Latin America, I would have to support the human rights defender. While there have been previous successes, 2011 seems to have been a watershed in which nearly every country has made some progress in bringing those responsible for some of the worst human rights abuses to justice.

During the Cold War in Latin America, the military governments of the Southern Cone (Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay) and Brazil - as well as civilian governments in Colombia and Peru - killed tens of thousands of people. In addition, thousands of others suffered torture, imprisonment, rape, and other human rights violations.

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