On Saturday, more than 50,000 people took to the streets in Peru to protest violence against women. The demonstrations come after three cases in which activists believe male perpetrators were given lenient sentences by Peruvian courts. In an email interview, Jelke Boesten discussed women’s rights in Peru.
In the most serious accusation among many damaging the reputation of Peru’s National Police in recent years, the country’s Interior Ministry has identified a group of police officers who allegedly participated in “death squads” that assassinated petty criminals in order to earn extra money or promotions.
The recent arrest of an indigenous leader in Guatemala sparked outrage among the country’s indigenous communities, which claim they are the target of systematic discrimination. In an email interview, Jennifer N. Costanza, an independent scholar who focuses on Latin America, discussed indigenous rights in Guatemala.