Although there are no exact figures on the magnitude of the Venezuelan exodus and much less on its demographic characteristics, studies estimate that during this year, about 15% of the population will have left the country. How is Colombia securing the rights to education of the boys and girls who have arrived?
National attorney generals and Latin American high court magistrates are being investigated and accused of having committed crimes. The cases vary and the region must ask: how to ensure that these processes are not used in retaliation for their actions? And at the same time, how to ensure that when it is necessary to investigate and prosecute, procedures function properly?
We argue that deforestation in the Colombian Amazon is violating our constitutional right to a healthy environment, which in turn threatens our right to life, water, food, and health. We, the future generations, are 25 youth who will have to face the impacts of climate change and deforestation the rest of our lives.
In countries transitioning from war to peace, the search and exhumation of bodies create a tension between the victims' right to privacy and the public interest of reconstructing the collective memory. Given this, how can events related to armed conflict and the transition to peace be narrated without violating the right to privacy of victims?
At a time when the human rights movement is facing great challenges, and at a moment when there is a widespread recognition that the human rights movement must be more interdisciplinary, and locally connected, human rights advocates should be more purposeful in integrating art, in addition to social sciences, into our practice.
As climate-induced displacement forces more and more people to move, the international community grapples with the challenge of how to define, categorize, and respond to the phenomenon. While the loss of place is irreplaceable, we can certainly implement a human rights approach to move forward in a way that does justice to the needs of those directly affected.
It is time for Latin America to take on the challenge and decide whether commercial speech needs to be protected over children’s health or whether it can be restricted in order to prevent increasing children’s obesity rates. The recent decision by the Colombian Constitutional Court is a good step forward, but it is not enough.