August 4, 2013
by Blake Lynch
A Brazilian court on Saturday sentenced 25 police officers to lengthy prison terms for their role in the 1992 Carandiru prison massacre. Each defendant was sentenced to 624 years for the use of deadly force during the riot, which was one of the worst of its kind in Latin America, but no convicted ...[read more]
March 13, 2013
by Kyle Webster
On March 13, 2012, the Supreme Court of Argentina unanimously ruled that a rape victim cannot be prosecuted for seeking an abortion. The decision came on the heels of a report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) that criticized the lack of access to safe abortions in Argentina. Much like the rest of the ...[read more]
February 11, 2013
by Alison Sacriponte
The UN International Labor Organization (ILO) on Friday released a report urging greater efforts to end forced labor. The ILO estimates that 21 million people are subject to forced labor, which often includes human trafficking for labor exploitation. The report stressed the need for more stringent ...[read more]
August 30, 2012
by Jordan Barry
JURIST Guest Columnist Emi MacLean, human rights attorney, argues that New York City has effectively criminalized protests by the actions taken against Occupy Wall Street since September 2011...On July 25, 2012, the Protest and Assembly Rights Project a coalition of law school clinics... ...[read more]
March 21, 2012
by Katherine Getty
The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled Monday that victims of the $7 million Ponzi scheme orchestrated by Allen Stanford may pursue a class action lawsuit. Stanford was convicted of defrauding victims in America and in Latin America. Monday's decision overturned a lower court decision ...[read more]
March 6, 2012
by Jaclyn Belczyk
A jury in the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas on Tuesday convicted financier Allen Stanford on charges of orchestrating a $7 billion Ponzi scheme affecting investors in both the US and Latin America. Stanford was convicted on 13 of 14 charges, including conspiracy to commit ...[read more]
February 16, 2012
by Jamie Reese
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday called for the reduction of overcrowding to improve poor prison conditions in Latin America following a prison fire in Honduras. The fire occurred this past Tuesday and killed more than 300 inmates while injuring dozens more. According to HRW, Honduras ...[read more]
February 1, 2012
by Brandy Ringer
JURIST Guest Columnist Kelsey Alford-Jones, Director of Guatemala Human Rights Commission, argues that it is important for the Public Prosecutor's Office and president to follow through with the genocide charges against Rios Montt to strengthen Guatemala's judiciary and bring justice to the ...[read more]
December 23, 2011
by Sarah Posner
A federal judge ruled Thursday that financier Allen Stanford is mentally competent to stand trial for orchestrating a $7 billion Ponzi scheme affecting investors in both the US and Latin America. The decision came after a three-day hearing in which U.S. District Judge David Hittner decided that ...[read more]
August 2, 2011
by Clay Flaherty
On August 2, 2005, US President George W. Bush signed the US-Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) into law, making it the first official trade pact between the US and Central America. CAFTA ended tariffs against US products in Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, ...[read more]

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