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Mexico expands freedom of information legislation
April 17, 2015
The Mexican Congress approved legislation on Thursday that gives the public access to data from almost all institutions that receive government funding. The legislation passed the lower house of Congress 264-68 and will go to the president for his signature. President Enrique Peņa Nieto posted on h....... [more]

Brazil judge orders extradition of former leftist Italian guerrilla
March 4, 2015
A federal judge in Brazil has ordered the deportation of former leftist Italian guerrilla Cesare Battisti, annulling a work visa granted by the Brazilian government in 2011. Battisti, a former member of the Armed Proletarians for Communism, was convicted of committing four murders during the 1970s....... [more]

UN commission criticizes Mexico authorities for widespread disappearances
February 14, 2015
The UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances published a report Friday detailing concluding observations on the large number of recent disappearances in Mexico. The report indicated that authorities are often involved in enforcing the disappearances of its citizens, most notably in the case of the di....... [more]

Rights group urges Mexico to investigate thousands of disappearances
February 13, 2015
Amnesty International (AI) released a statement on Friday urging the Mexican government to adhere to UN recommendations on how to investigate the disappearances of 22,600 of its citizens. Half of the counted disappearances occurred between 2012 and 2014, and include the disappearance of Ayotzinapa s....... [more]

Mexico official investigation concludes 43 missing students killed
January 28, 2015
Mexican officials issued final findings Tuesday into the disappearance of 43 students with Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam announcing at a press conference that the students were killed after being seized by police in southern Guerrero state. The investigation has led to the arrest of nearly 10....... [more]

Mexico authorities make arrest in connection to alleged massacre of students
January 26, 2015
Mexican authorities have arrested a hit man for the Guerreros Unidos gang in connection with disappearance and alleged massacre of 43 students from a teacher-training college in Ayotzinapa, in the state of Guerrero. The Mexican government believes the students were killed by the Guerreros Unidos gan....... [more]

Rights group criticizes Mexico for failed investigation into the disappearance of 43 students
January 23, 2015
Amnesty International (AI) on Friday criticized the government of Mexico for their "failed" investigation of the army in the "enforced disappearance" of 43 students on September 26, claiming that it was incomplete and insufficient, after DNA collected from a mass grave of burned bodies proved inconc....... [more]

HRW urges Obama to press Mexico president on human rights
January 5, 2015
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Monday implored US President Barack Obama to press Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on human rights concerns during his upcoming meeting with the leader. The letter detailed egregious human rights accusations such as the disappearance of 43 students and the killing of....... [more]

Mexico president announces anti-crime plan
November 29, 2014
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Thursday announced a nationwide anti-crime campaign following the September 26 disappearance of 43 students who were en route to Iguala to protest lack of funds for their school. The plan will allow Congress to dissolve local governments and give state authori....... [more]

Former Mexico mayor formally charged in disappearance of 43 students
November 14, 2014
Jose Luis Abarca, the former mayor of the Mexican city of Iguala, was charged Friday with six counts of aggravated homicide and one count of attempted homicide by prosecutors in the state of Guerrero. The charges stem from the September 26 disappearance of 43 students who who were en route to Iguala....... [more]

International Response to Climate Change
November 2, 2014
According to many experts, such as those that comprise the US Global Change Research Program, climate change as a result of global greenhouse gas emissions is one of the most pressing and controversial environmental issues facing the international community today. In recent decades, many nations ha....... [more]


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