Society, security, and rights

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    When inmates make the rules: self-governing prisons in Latin America and beyond

When inmates make the rules: self-governing prisons in Latin America and beyond

What happens when a state fails to run its prisons? Prisoners in some Latin American jails establish their own governing bodies to keep order, even setting up extralegal courts of their own. But even in the US, understaffing sees gangs running much of everyday prison life, explain David Skarbek and Courtney Michaluk.

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    Perceptions of firm internationalisation drive changes in Latin American attitudes towards women’s career advancement

Perceptions of firm internationalisation drive changes in Latin American attitudes towards women’s career advancement

Internationalisation can mean exposure to different norms, adoption of international practices, and a suppressing effect on individuals’ negative attitudes, write Michel Hermans, William Newburry, Marcelo J. Alvarado-Vargas, Carlos M. Baldo, Armando Borda, Edwin G. Durán-Zurita, José Maurício Galli Geleilate, Massiel Guerra, Maria Virginia Lasio Morello, Sergio M. Madero-Gómez, Miguel R. Olivas-Lujan and Anne Marie Zwerg-Villegas.

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    El nuevo rol de la ONU en Colombia puede fortalecer la construcción de paz en su etapa más vulnerable

El nuevo rol de la ONU en Colombia puede fortalecer la construcción de paz en su etapa más vulnerable

Por primera vez en un posconflicto se crea un mecanismo tripartito de verificación en el que participen las partes (Farc-Ep y el gobierno colombiano) y el componente internacional (Naciones Unidas). Este mecanismo innovador, que ayuda a generar confianza y resolver conflictos en momentos claves, puede servir de ejemplo más allá del proceso colombiano, escribe Juana García.

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    Graffiti vs the ‘Beautiful City’: Urban Policy and Artistic Resistance in São Paulo

Graffiti vs the ‘Beautiful City’: Urban Policy and Artistic Resistance in São Paulo

Repeated episodes of graffiti removal, resistance, and responses in São Paulo reveal a subtle shift in the power dynamic between urban artists, the public, and the state, writes Chandra Morrison.

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    Cajamarca’s rejection of mining in Colombia was also a victory for social media and social mapping

Cajamarca’s rejection of mining in Colombia was also a victory for social media and social mapping

In a few short years, social movements in Cajamarca, Colombia, were able to convince a once divided community to near-unanimously reject establishment of the world’s largest gold mine on their doorstep. Doug Specht examines the role of social media and contestatory cartography in achieving this remarkable result.

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    Colombia puede allanar el camino hacia la paz llevando justicia hasta las víctimas del conflicto

Colombia puede allanar el camino hacia la paz llevando justicia hasta las víctimas del conflicto

Las experiencias de justicia transicional en todo el mundo han demostrado que la confianza ciudadana es clave en los procesos exitosos. En Colombia la combinación de una legislación comprehensiva con programas innovadores y evaluaciones rigurosas puede asegurar que ninguna víctima sea excluida, escriben Elisa Cascardi, Adrienne Hathaway, Jorge Luis Silva Méndez, Diana Ortiz, Megan Rounseville y Juan Vargas.

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    Colombia can smooth the road to peace by taking justice to victims of conflict

Colombia can smooth the road to peace by taking justice to victims of conflict

Experiences of transitional justice the world over have demonstrated the importance of achieving public trust in the process. Combining comprehensive legislation and innovative, well-monitored delivery mechanisms in Colombia will help to ensure no one is excluded, write Elisa Cascardi, Adrienne Hathaway, Jorge Luis Silva Méndez, Diana Ortiz, Megan Rounseville and Juan Vargas.

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    Poetic notions of death in Mexico no longer fit the grim reality of everyday drug violence

Poetic notions of death in Mexico no longer fit the grim reality of everyday drug violence

The romantic idea of death as the quintessence of Mexicanness masks real suffering in a country where senseless death has become commonplace, writes Myriam Lamrani.

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    El poder de los Cantos Cautivos: la música como contribución a la recuperación de la memoria histórica de la prisión política en Chile y América Latina

El poder de los Cantos Cautivos: la música como contribución a la recuperación de la memoria histórica de la prisión política en Chile y América Latina

La cooperación multinacional de las dictaduras latinoamericanas, sobre todo en el Plan Condor, significa que los intentos de archivar experiencias de la música en prisiones políticas deben también asumir una dimensión internacional, escriben Katia Chornik y J. Patrice McSherry.

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    The power of Captive Songs: music can help recover the historical memory of political detention in Chile and Latin America

The power of Captive Songs: music can help recover the historical memory of political detention in Chile and Latin America

Multinational cooperation between Latin American dictatorships, particularly via Operation Condor, means that digital archiving of musical experiences under political detention must also take on an international dimension, write Katia Chornik and J. Patrice McSherry.