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    From prejudice to Pride: what does Cuba have to celebrate on the International Day Against Homophobia?

From prejudice to Pride: what does Cuba have to celebrate on the International Day Against Homophobia?

Cuba has gone from being notably homophobic and discriminatory to being lauded internationally for its unique Health-Based Approach to sexual-diversity rights — but there is still work to be done, argues Emily J. Kirk (Dalhousie University).

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    Pope Francis’ visit to Chile shows how the legitimacy of the Catholic Church is being eroded by its sexual politics

Pope Francis’ visit to Chile shows how the legitimacy of the Catholic Church is being eroded by its sexual politics

Pope Francis’ attempts to move the Catholic Church beyond the conservative sexual agenda of his predecessors have been undermined by abusive sexual practices within the Church itself, writes José Manuel Morán (Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, CONICET).

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    Religion, the state, and the states explain why Mexico has stronger LGBT rights than the US

Religion, the state, and the states explain why Mexico has stronger LGBT rights than the US

New research reveals the puzzling finding that Mexico has offered greater legal equality for LGBT people for a longer period of time than the United States. This can be explained by the wider separation of church and state in Mexican politics and the strong importance of human rights in new democracies. At the subnational level, states with more LGBT organisations […]

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    Independence, gender equality, and citizen participation help Latin America’s fact-checkers hold the powerful to account

Independence, gender equality, and citizen participation help Latin America’s fact-checkers hold the powerful to account

In a context of institutional opacity and low-quality reporting, Latin American fact-checkers are growing in number and importance, writes Ariel Riera (LSE).

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    From the favelas of Rio to the Kasbah of Algiers, community participation is the key to urban regeneration

From the favelas of Rio to the Kasbah of Algiers, community participation is the key to urban regeneration

The perceptions, behaviour, dreams, and aspirations of human communities need to be studied and recognised as a crucial source of urban expertise without which urban transformations remain partial and unsustainable, write Sandra Jovchelovitch (LSE) and Jacqueline Priego Hernández (University of Portsmouth).

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    Colombia must rethink the role of truth commissions to secure the rights of victims of conflict

Colombia must rethink the role of truth commissions to secure the rights of victims of conflict

Colombia’s Truth Commission must break away from dominant ideas of ‘turning the page’ through a ritual of purification. It needs instead to adopt a transformative approach to transitional justice, truth commissions, and collective memory, as well as creating a broad-based ‘National Dialogue for Truth’ that goes beyond regulating the Commission and involves society as a whole, writes Diana Gómez (Universidad de los Andes).

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    ¿Las reparaciones están transformando la vida de las mujeres colombianas? Dinámicas de género de la Ley de Víctimas

¿Las reparaciones están transformando la vida de las mujeres colombianas? Dinámicas de género de la Ley de Víctimas

En lugar de tratar a las mujeres como dependientes o inferiores, las reparaciones podrían reforzar la construcción de ciudadanía con perspectiva de género en el largo plazo. Hace falta cambiar su enfoque, escribe Sanne Weber (University of Birmingham).

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    Quem está invadindo quem? A complexa batalha nos assentamentos informais do Rio em área federal

Quem está invadindo quem? A complexa batalha nos assentamentos informais do Rio em área federal

Representar os moradores de favela como invasores destruidores do meio ambiente serve para justificar despejos e prejudicar o patrimônio da comunidade em nome da criação de uma cidade “moderna” sem fortes sinais de pobreza e desigualdade, escreve Jennifer Chisholm (University of Cambridge).

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    Femicide in Ciudad Juárez is enabled by the regulation of gender, justice, and production in Mexico

Femicide in Ciudad Juárez is enabled by the regulation of gender, justice, and production in Mexico

Ciudad Juárez operates as a necropolis where femicide legislation coexists with reductionist and patriarchal approaches to gender violence. The victims of killings and disappearances are presented as prostitutes, and those who investigate are seen to be staining the city’s good name. Mexico’s lax justice system and the free-trade zones of the maquiladora industry provide the enabling context, writes María Encarnación López (London Metropolitan University).

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    Para cumplir con los derechos de los sujetos victimizados Colombia debe repensar el papel de las comisiones de la verdad

Para cumplir con los derechos de los sujetos victimizados Colombia debe repensar el papel de las comisiones de la verdad

La Comisión de Esclarecimiento de la Verdad debe romper con el esquema dominante que busca un ritual de purificación para ‘pasar la página’. Requiere una vocación transformadora de la justicia transicional, de las Comisiones de la Verdad y de la memoria, además de un Gran Diálogo Nacional por la Verdad que supere la reglamentación de la Comisión y que involucre a la sociedad […]