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We monitor, analyze and warn about the state of human rights in all regions of the world.

Migration crisis in Europe: human beings as a bargaining chip

For Lukashenko, these thousands of human beings represent nothing more than a tool to force the EU to lift sanctions, or at least to negotiate a way out of the crisis and, in this way, recognize him as a legitimate president for the first time since 2020. It matters little that a few dozen people die from cold and hunger. The story could end here, in the sole responsibility of an autocratic and violent leader who has tortured his compatriots, who censures and represses all dissent. But the reality is more complex. Poland has steadfastly refused to accept the passage of migrants to its territory and has expelled those who managed to get around the border fences.

Haiti: what now?

The only clear humanitarian choice is to grant some kind of temporary protected status to many of the people who are already in camps on the US-Mexico border. Humanitarian groups in the US and other countries should be allowed to sponsor refugees. It is of course even more important to help Haitians to build peace and prosperity in Haiti, but this is an even harder problem. It will require a creating a functioning state and the conditions conducive to economic activity.

What can go right? Positive use cases for science and technology in human rights investigations

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Afghanistan and the new challenge of not looking the other way

One day the American president announced that his troops would start withdraw and that was the end. In just over a week the entire Afghan territory was back under Taliban control and the president had left the country, perhaps to Tajikistan. Twenty years of building a self-sustaining state were in vain and in the end the structure collapsed like a house of cards. Quickly and stealthily.

«The ball should not get stained» The Qatar soccer world cup 2022 tarnished by human rights violations

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Honduras: the case of Johny Salgado

With this joint statement, we are calling for a fair trial and the end of impunity for Jhony Salgado. His trial is taking place on August 10, 2021, around 9am at the Sentencing Court of the city of El Progreso. Jhony Andrés Salgado Fuentes is a construction worker from El Progreso. He has two children with Elena Almendrares. He is a victim of police brutality and flawed judicial process that seeks to criminalize his involvement in protest. The evidence shows he was not even present at the protest.
Authorities should immediately release human rights defenders Javier Tarazona, Rafael Tarazona, and Omar García of Fundaredes

Venezuela: Authorities should immediately release human rights defenders Javier Tarazona, Rafael Tarazona, and Omar García of Fundaredes

Arbitrary detentions, denying the right to a reasonable defense, obstructing justice and due process, and use of the justice system as a tool for political persecution may amount to crimes against humanity, as recognized by the United Nations.
Human rights in Venezuela today

Human rights in Venezuela today

Virtual meeting to discuss the status of the violation of human rights in Venezuela today. Participants: Dip. Delsa Solórzano, deputy to the National Assembly of Venezuela and reference in Human Rights, Rafael Uzcátegui, director of the NGO Provea, Elisa Trotta, diplomatic representative of the National Assembly of Venezuela in Argentina and Brian Schapira, Director of Institutional Relations of CADAL.

The plane hijacked by Belarus is a new challenge for the European Union

On Sunday, May 23rd, Poratsevich traveled to Lithuania from Greece, where he had attended an event with exiled opposition leader Svetlana Tsikhanouskaya. A few minutes after landing in Vilnius, the Lithuanian capital, his flight was diverted by the Belarusian authorities to Minsk under the pretext of an alleged bomb threat. Why land in Minsk if the destination airport was the closest one? According to the Lithuanian authorities, of the 126 passengers who boarded in Athens, 5 remained in Minsk: Protasevich, his girlfriend (of Russian citizenship) and three men whose identity was not revealed.

Kyrgyzstan: how to break democracy in six months

The once most democratic country in Central Asia it has been an almost direct flight from a chaotic and fragmented but democratic system to the heavy hand of a strong boss with increasing power and less opposition. Perhaps this distant country allows us to understand how weak democracy is when there are no solid institutions, how fragility entails instability and this opens the doors to charismatic leaders who proclaim themselves saviors just to take a step towards authoritarianism.

Belarusian government discriminates against athletes ahead of Tokyo Olympics

(Diálogo Político) The participation of Belarusian athletes in the next Olympic Games under their own flag is at serious risk, although they could present themselves under the Olympic flag, as independent athletes, as will happen with Russian athletes. That would be a very hard blow to Lukashenko's image at a time when demonstrations are once again taking over the streets after winter.

In conversation with UN Human Rights Protection System specialists

In conversation with UN Human Rights Protection System specialists

On the occasion of the International Human Rights Day, together with UN Argentina, we organized a conversation with independent specialists on various mechanisms of the universal human rights protection system at the UN. The topics were experiences, challenges, and the universal human rights protection system's future. As the opening was led by Roberto Valent, United Nations Resident Coordinator in Argentina, the speakers included Luciano Hazan, Member of the UN Working Group on Forced and Involuntary Disappearances; Horacio Ravenna, Vice President of the UN Committee against Enforced Disappearance; Fabián Salvioli, Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation, and the UN guarantees of non-repetition; Tomás Ojea Quintana, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, and Carmen Rosa Villa Quintana, an expert for the UN Committee against Forced Disappearance. The moderator was Brian Schapira, CADAL's Director of Institutional Relations.

China, more prosperous and autocratic

On December 3, political scientist Minxin Pei delivered the 17th annual Seymour Martin Lipset Lecture on Democracy in the World. Pei’s lecture, “Totalitarianism’s Long Dark Shadow Over China,” was presented by the Embassy of Canada to the United States and the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).

Latin American politics in the context of a pandemic.

Latin American politics in the context of a pandemic.

CADAL, together with the Argentine Political Club, organized the meeting "Latin American politics in the context of a pandemic", to think and debate on these and other issues. Expos The speakers were Margarita López Maya, from Venezuela; Bernardo Sorj, from Brazil; Manuel Cuesta Morúa, from Cuba, and Juan Carlos Arenas, from Colombia. The moderation was in charge of Sabrina Ajmechet, Academic Director of CADAL.

The situation of gender and humanitarian aid in the Venezuelan crisis

In Venezuela, the decimation of economic growth destabilizes society, pushing the Maduro regime to continue its abuse of human rights and repression of dissent to remain in power. Without democratic renewal, it is unlikely that conditions will improve in Venezuela. In response, humanitarian aid must weigh the crisis’ consequences for different demographics, especially women. Targeting vulnerable socioeconomic groups requires greater coordination and deployment of existing aid infrastructure.

Stand together and hold China accountable or be the next victim

Stand together and hold China accountable or be the next victim The panelists' answers in the 24th Forum 2000 on what to do to fight the human rights violations in China also somehow fit into the four things Timothy Garton Ash highlighted in the Forum 2000’s opening: “If we have these four: truth, solidarity, strategy, and responsibility, there will be brighter times ahead”. However, the discussion made clear that now is the time to act. Now is the time to stand by the Hong Kong democratic movement, now is the time to recognize the genocide in Xinjiang and to fight to defend international human rights standards. Silence is complicit.

Global call for international human rights monitoring mechanisms on China

Global call for international human rights monitoring mechanisms on China

CADAL is one of the 321 civil society organizations that signed the Open Letter promoted by Human Rights Watch and addressed to the UN Secretary General António Guterres, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, and the Member States of the ONU.

China: A hard-line autocracy that loses credibility at an international level

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Georgia: a democracy under Russian occupation for 12 years

On 7th August, for the 12th anniversary of the Russian occupation of Georgia, the Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in cooperation with the Middle East Institute's Frontier Europe Initiative, organized a webinar on the worrying situation generated by the Russia-Georgia conflict in 2008. A short but intense war caused by a cross-border territory, South Ossetia, contested between the Russian Federation and Georgia, which has a very heavy historical legacy and it still affects negatively the Ossetian and Georgian people, victims of the violence perpetrated by Russian troops.

Colombia: an attack on human rights defenders is an attack on democracy

According to the Bertelsmann Transformation Index of 2020, Colombia is on the right path when it comes to economic growth and democracy, although evident challenges remain. Social and income inequalities are apparent and coupled with consistent corruption scandals, the population’s faith in the state is plunging.