Freedom of information requests have allowed researchers and activists in Mexico to gain access to official data on clandestine mass graves. But this process also revealed major discrepancies between datasets covering the same periods but provided at different times and to different institutions. Uncertainty around such crucial numbers not only undermines political demands for accountability amidst Mexico’s crisis of violence, […]
Standardisation of femicide data requires a complex, participatory process, but key lessons are already emerging
The increased visibility of femicide in Latin America has not led to improved systems for recording cases, even though this would facilitate evidence-based policymaking. Yet the participatory process required to move towards proper standardisation of femicide data has already produced a number of important lessons, writes Silvana Fumega (Latin American Initiative for Open Data).
The recent shooting at the Cielo Vista Walmart in El Paso has been depicted as a tragedy for local people, reigniting well-practiced debates about gun control, video games, mental health, and “lone wolf” extremism. But this framing not only underplays the impacts on connected communities like Ciudad Juárez across the border, it also fails to acknowledge this massacre’s place in a […]
Argentina’s Operation Condor trial opens up new paths to accountability for past atrocities in South America and beyond
Following a trial that lasted over three years, in May 2016 a federal criminal court in Buenos Aires convicted fifteen defendants for crimes against more than 100 victims of the infamous Operation Condor. For the first time, a court of law had recognised the existence of this transnational terror network, which was used to hunt down political opponents in South […]
The Colombian-Venezuelan borderlands are enabling crucial but largely unacknowledged interactions between Venezuela’s devastating crisis and ongoing political violence in Colombia. Key characteristics of these areas have facilitated violence, undermined trust relationships, attracted multiple violent non-state groups, and obscured the nuanced realities of particular conflicts. Failure to tackle these issues could have serious long-term implications for stability, potentially even derailing Colombia’s peace deal. […]
Militarisation of Mexico’s southern border has been increasing for decades, but the recent decision of Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s government to continue and even reinforce this trend will only intensify the violence and vulnerability that transit migrants already face, writes Alejandra Díaz de Leon (LSE Sociology).
La violencia ejercida por organizaciones criminales como Primeiro Comando da Capital y el Comando Vermelho en Brasil se considera normalmente una forma de demostrar poder o inspirar miedo. La regulación de esta violencia a menudo ocurre a través de pactos criminales que pueden establecerse entre estos actores o también involucrar al Estado. Estos pactos no necesariamente sirven para eliminar la […]
Cuba ha pasado de ser un país particularmente homofóbico y discriminatorio a ser alabado en el ámbito internacional por abordar los derechos relacionados con la diversidad sexual a partir de un enfoque basado en la salud – pero aún queda trabajo por hacer, argumenta Emily J. Kirk (Dalhousie University).
The case of Chile’s Mapuche shows how micro-level data can detect shifts in the nature of self-determination conflicts
Chile’s Mapuche-state conflict dates back to the mid-nineteenth century, but there have been repeated shifts in its nature and intensity over time. Understandings of these shifts have tended to be qualitative and irregular, but a new micro-level dataset covering the post-authoritarian period shows how quantitative micro-data can provide powerful new insights into conflict dynamics in Latin America and beyond, write Pedro […]