Human Rights in Latin America | Freedom House

Human Rights in Latin America

Freedom House presented findings from Freedom in the World 2009 at a human rights conference organized by the U.S. Southern Command, or SOUTHCOM, in Guatemala City July 23. More than 80 officials from defense ministries, militaries and police departments throughout Latin America learned that while political rights in the region are generally on the rise, civil liberties such as free expression and association are in decline. Viviana Giacaman, Freedom House senior program manager for Latin America, expressed concern that governments are increasingly targeting civil society, sometimes using violence and intimidation, as well as legal restrictions and negative media to prevent activists from holding governments accountable. 

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