Human Rights

One-Month Anniversary of the Murder of Mexican Journalist Javier Valdez Cárdenas

One month ago today, world-renowned Mexican journalist Javier Valdez Cárdenas was ambushed by unidentified assailants while leaving his office in his hometown of Culiacán, Sinaloa. According to press reports, he was pulled from his car, shot a dozen times in the middle of the day on a crowded street, and left lifeless in the middle of the road. His signature Panama hat lay bloodied beside him.

Crimen, corrupción y pérdida del monopolio de la violencia en Honduras

Durante el periodo que abarca los días del 21 al 30 de mayo de 2017, viajé con mi colega Eric Olson, director asociado del Programa Latinoamericano del Centro Woodrow Wilson, a las ciudades de San Pedro Sula, Choloma, El Progreso y La Ceiba para documentar la situación de violencia e inseguridad en estas regiones; analizar la operación de las maras y pandillas, así como sus vínculos con otros grupos delincuenciales—incluyendo delincuencia común y delincuencia organizada transnacional; y evaluar los avances en materia de reducción de la violencia por parte de las autoridades, así c

Field Notes: Report from Honduras

Honduras is a place of enormous contradictions. It is home to great beauty—beaches, mountains, wildlife, and strong and resilient people—but also to a troubling array of social, governance, and human rights challenges. Endemic corruption, extreme violence, poverty and desperation, and a weak and broken government take a toll on its people. Both a product and a symbol of broken society are the prisons, where people are warehoused, forgotten, and even dying by the scores with almost no one taking notice.

LGBT Rights in the Post-Arab Spring Middle East

“It’s very intolerant across the region. Pew Research Center poll data shows that a lot of societies are still very, very hostile with the idea of seeing the LGBT community as part of society.”

--- Arnaud Kurze, Wilson Center Global Fellow

Can the arts provide safe spaces for the LGBT community in societies that are often hostile to their search for tolerance and rights? Wilson Global Fellow Arnaud Kurze shares his latest research on LGBT rights in the post-Arab spring Middle East. That’s the focus of this edition of Wilson Center NOW

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