Concern grows over a law to give arms to citizen security committees

Perú Impact | Negative CIVICUS Rating | Obstructed On June 18, the Congress of the Republic sanctioned a bill that grants legal status to the Self-Defense and Development Committees (CAD in Spanish) and formalizes their inclusion within the citizen security system. The purpose of this measure is to use these structures, which have been in […]

Colombia introduces its Observa platform for monitoring human rights

Colombia Impact | Positive CIVICUS Rating | Repressed On May 17, President Iván Duque launched the Observa platform to follow up and monitor the human rights situation in the country. Observa relies on a database and automated processes that are responsible for collecting information from different sources, processing the data, structuring it, analyzing it and […]

The ruling party reforms the Supreme Court of Justice

Venezuela Impact | Negative CIVICUS Rating | Restricted On January 19, the law for the reform of the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ in Spanish) was published in the Official Gazette. The law contemplates a reduction in the number of magistrates, from a total of 32 to 20 members. The reduction takes place both in […]

Consensus building on police reform is moving forward

Colombia Impact | Positive Probability | High Civicus Rating | Repressed On November 22, nine presidential pre-candidates discussed one of the most sensitive issues in Colombian politics today: the need for police reform in light of the institutional violence recorded in recent years. The meeting organized by El Espectador was attended by Roy Barreras (La […]

Colombia, one of the most dangerous countries for environmental activism

Colombia Colombia is already one of the most dangerous countries in the world for environmental defenders, with a record 65 murders registered throughout 2020. This is according to the latest report published by the NGO Global Witness in mid-September. A third of these attacks targeted indigenous and Afro-descendant people, while around half affected small-scale farmers […]

How Nayib Bukele is becoming “the world’s coolest dictator”

El Salvador Introduction Since assuming the presidency on June 1, 2019, Nayib Bukele has tightened his grip on power at the expense of eroding democracy and rule of law. At the beginning of this year, the ruling party secured a majority in the Legislative Assembly allowing it to pass laws without negotiating with the opposition […]