Category: Dispatches

The U.S. Embassy in Montevideo after its inauguration in 1969.

Nixon Administration Advocated Use of Death Squads in Uruguay, New Documents Indicate

NEW YORK — Forty years after U.S. AID official Dan Mitrione was kidnapped and executed by Uruguayan guerillas, nine declassified State Department documents prove that high-level officials in the Nixon […] Read More >

Film Spotlights Child Immigrants’ Lonely Journey North

NEW YORK — Thousands of child migrants travel alone each year, some not tall enough to reach the trains they jump on, to get to the United States. Their story […] Read More >

OAS Asks State Department To Reconsider Colombian Journalist’s Visa Application

NEW YORK — The Organization of American States asked the U.S. State Department last week to reconsider its rejection of Colombian journalist Hollman Morris’ visa, the Colombian press reports. Hollman […] Read More >

Guatemalan Women May Become Special Asylum Group

NEW YORK — In a few weeks, female Guatemalan asylum seekers might know whether their applications hold better odds. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last week that a […] Read More >

WOLA Announces Second Death Threat From Colombian Paramilitaries For Working With Displaced Peoples

WASHINGTON – The Latin America News Dispatch reported on Monday about the status of internally displaced persons in Colombia. Marco Romero, of the Consultancy for Human Rights and Displacement, spoke at […] Read More >

Colombian Peasants Continue To Suffer Displacement Due To War

WASHINGTON – Displacement of peasants by armed groups continues to plague Colombia, with the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) reaching 4.9 million at the end of 2009, according to […] Read More >

Araguaia Case May Challenge Brazilian Amnesty Law

RIO DE JANEIRO – When Brazil’s highest court upheld a controversial amnesty law preventing trial and punishment for political crimes committed during the military dictatorship in April, it appeared that […] Read More >

Cuban Folk Legend Silvio Rodríguez Visits U.S. for First Time in 30 Years

NEW YORK — After a wait of over thirty years, Cuban folk legend Silvio Rodríguez will make his first public appearance in the U.S. this Friday, when he plays a […] Read More >

Supporters of DREAM Act Begin Hunger Strike Outside Senator Charles Schumer’s Office

NEW YORK — Sitting around bags with sleeping mats, gallons of water but no food, 15 people began a hunger strike Tuesday outside Senator Charles Schumer’s Manhattan office. The strikers, […] Read More >

Amnesty International Asks Peru To Drop Charges Against Indigenous Leader Alberto Pizango

Human rights organization Amnesty International (AI) called upon the Peruvian authorities to drop charges against indigenous leader Alberto Pizango on Friday. The Peruvian government has accused Pizango of rebellion, sedition, […] Read More >