Perspectives

A Stand for Human Rights

Across Latin America and the Caribbean, human rights defenders continue to put their lives at risk to fight for freedom in their countries, and despite global trends towards more authoritarian rule, the demand for democracy remains strong.

Global freedom is facing a mortal threat, and across the globe democracy is on the decline. 2021 marked 16 consecutive years of diminished levels of global freedom as more countries declined than improved. Not Free and Free countries bore the brunt of the deterioration, and today, 38 percent of the global population lives in Not Free countries, the highest proportion since 1998.  

In Latin America and the Caribbean, democracy is facing critical levels of deterioration. Within the last five years, 42% of Latin American and Caribbean countries have declines in Freedom in the World, and when looking at the region as a whole in 2022, 4 countries are categorized as Not Free, 8 are Partly Free, while only 21 countries remain Free.  

Across the region, human rights defenders continue to put their lives at risk to fight for freedom in their countries, and despite global trends towards more authoritarian rule, the demand for democracy remains strong. At Freedom House, we are constantly inspired by the courage and resilience of human rights defenders who across Latin America and the Caribbean defended human rights and democracy. Here are some of their stories:

Alejandro Cometa (Colombia)

Maria Matienzo (Cuba)

Yaxys Cires (Cuba)

Jacob Ellis & Yaritza Rostrán (Nicaragua)

Alexa Zamora & Juan Carlos Arce (Nicaragua)

Génesis Dávila (Venezuela)

Rodrigo Diamanti (Venezuela)

 

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