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Latin America’s new authoritarians

CARACAS, Venezuela – More than two decades after Latin America’s last right-wing dictatorships dissolved, a new kind of authoritarian leader is rising in several countries: democratically elected presidents who are ruling in increasingly undemocratic ways. Unlike the iron-fisted juntas of a generation ago, these leaders do not assassinate opposition figures …

BBC News – Nepal’s long wait for war crimes justice

Nepal’s bloody insurgency formally ended six years ago but political stalemate has held up any efforts to investigate atrocities committed during the war. As the BBC’s John Narayan Parajuli reports from Kathmandu, victims of war crimes fear the perpetrators may now go unpunished. Nepal’s civil war was long and brutal. …

Uganda to pass law that limits freedom of assembly

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda’s parliament appears set to pass a law that critics said Monday would make it nearly impossible for activists and opposition members to hold public rallies of the kind authorities have long wanted banned. Critics of the bill, which could pass this week following Uganda’s ruling …