As corruption goes in Latin America, it amounted to small beans, but the excess that ended the Uruguayan vice-president's career this month shows the region's politics are still locked in a cycle of sleaze.
A human rights figure cannot be indifferent towards human rights violations that take place in the remaining dictatorships nor they can ignore such evident facts to defend the indefensible. Argentine human rights entities should have been more critical of the Cuban government and express more solidarity towards democratic activists and political prisoners in the island. By Gabriel Salvia
Recently, a third of the members of the UN Human Rights Council were renewed with China, the biggest dictatorship in the world, accumulating no less than 180 votes which gives proof to the assumption that several developed democracies voted in China's favour. The same applies to Cuba and Saudi-Arabia which have received 160 and 152 votes, respectively. Having been elected four times, these three dictatorships make up the longest serving countries in the Human Rights Council between 2007 and 2019.
If Cuba is opening itself to the rest of the world, it should also open up to its own people, according to a statement signed by regional political leaders, academics, diplomats, journalists and activists convened by the Center for the Opening and Development of Latin America (CADAL).
Those developments have fueled optimism in Washington “that Latin America is moving toward more rational economic and political policies,” said Gabriel Salvia of the Center for the Opening and Development of Latin America, an Argentina-based think tank.