Columns & Blogs

The Cocalera Marches: An Expression of the Right to Demand Rights

The cocalero movements have helped to create the right to have rights, to be citizens and to receive attention by the State beyond a war against drugs.
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Fiscal Policy in the Service of Human Rights

How, exactly, is fiscal policy related to human rights?
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“Without us, the world would not turn”

Understanding the reasons why certain women from certain regions end up doing certain work opens the door for critically approaching the fact that the majority of domestic workers are migrants in precarious situations.
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A Hop, Skip, and a Jungle Away: From the Global South to Sarayaku

Nearly all of the indigenous leaders who joined us for the workshop had some troubles in transit, which is clearly not an accident.
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Escuela General Santander, Cuba, ELN

Is it valid for Colombia to demand that Cuba turn over ELN negotiators?

The crucial point is that Cuba is not harboring the ELN negotiators with the goal of supporting this organization in its armed fight; rather, Cuba is following a request by the Colombian government that was made and accepted by the Colombian State in order to advance a peace process.
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Lawyers: What are they not for?

To what extents can lawyers go to defend the interests of their clients?
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Disclosing public servants’ private interests: A powerful but unexploited anti-corruption tool

Both the legislation and the case law of other countries have made considerable efforts to exploit the potential of the disclosure of private interests of public servants as an anti-corruption tool. In contrast, Colombia has yet to adopt these reforms and judicial pronouncements.
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salud mental

The Punishment of Silence: Mental Health Around the World

Far from being an issue of self-care, about which we can speak as casually as we do physical illnesses, mental health is something that we prefer to keep in silence. It’s a topic that carries certain collective fear, shame, and prejudice.
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My Name is Nobody

As a human being, Alba needs to be able to assume her identity without fear. But if the conditions she experiences persist and the impacts on her health are made invisible, she could end up having this name that no human being should ever have – whether as a survival mechanism or because of her state of marginalization.
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SOSUniversidadPublica, Public Education

La Universidad Pública: An Institution Worth Saving

We are being asked to define the purpose of education. Is it simply to reproduce and reward already vested and privileged interests? Or, is the purpose of education to invest in equity, in accessibility, in enriching our societies and our lives through knowledge, discovery and community?
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Venezuela, ICC, OAS

The ICC Venezuela Referral and the Tumultuous Shift in Latin American Politics

With the rise of right-wing presidents in Latin America, measures like the referral can be abused by such governments to advance their political agendas in the region, thereby delegitimizing the crucial cause of seeking justice for victims in Venezuela as a common goal.
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Using regulation to repair the mistakes of drug prohibition

Recognizing the ethno-racial biases of marijuana prohibition, the opening of the legal market has involved a series of measures aimed both at compensating for damage caused over the course of prohibition, and at overcoming conditions of economic inequality.
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