Public Policy and Human Rights Defenders: a human rights perspective

Persecution, harassment and the murder of human rights defenders is a regretful reality in most of the Latin American region.  According to the 2018 UN report on reprisals (Human Rights Council, 2018), between 2017 and 2018, there were over 100 reported threats, harassments and killings of human rights defenders in Colombia, Cuba, Guatemala,…

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Una nueva manera de crecer

Todos escuchamos hablar en algún momento del cambio climático. Solemos representarlo con imágenes de glaciares derritiéndose o de osos polares flotando en pequeños trozos de hielo. Y casi inequívocamente es catalogado como un problema ambiental. Pero las raíces del cambio climático abarcan cuestiones económicas, sociales y políticas que describen la manera en que…

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Toledo vuelve, apuntes sobre la extradición de un expresidente

La historia de Alejandro Toledo es la historia de un "error estadístico" que derrotando a la pobreza y la exclusión, logra triunfar en el extranjero y volver, para junto con la democracia, liderar el Perú. Pero es la historia también de una ilusión convertida tempranamente en mentira. Por ejemplo en su libro "Las…

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Los Costos de la Corrupción

* Por Juan Leopoldo Martínez -  Mucho se habla de la corrupción como una especie de virus que perjudica a la sociedad y en donde tal fenómeno esté presente, seguramente habrán daños. Por ejemplo, es usada indiscriminadamente por gobernantes para justificar las fallas de sus administraciones como consecuencia de actos no éticos de…

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Incorporating human rights standards in the development of public policies

By: Edward Pérez (*) The following article is meant to serve as an introduction into the relationship between public policies and human rights. During the following weeks and months, I aspire to address several concerns regarding human rights standards and their incorporation into public policies, as well as in the effects of public…

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MasPorTIC: a social enterprise closing socio-economic urban-rural gaps with innovation and technology

By: Eliana Camargo (*) Although its rural population has decreased in the last century, Colombia is less urban and more rural than we might think.  According to the last UNDP report (2015), 32% of the population lives far from large cities, in the countryside, and rural municipalities, which occupy the vast majority of…

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The Y7 Summit 2018: A success story of innovative policy-making and youth participation

By: Diego Reyeros (MPP, BPG Partner)As one of the official engagement groups of the Group of 7 (G7), the Youth 7 Summit (Y7) has historically had the role of pushing a youth-centred perspective of the topics discussed every year by the heads of state of these influential countries. Under the Presidency of the…

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