Number of the week

Basic freedoms under threat in Latin America

A report by Human Rights Watch warns of an "alarming setback of basic freedoms" in the region. The pandemic allowed authoritarian governments to crack down on targeted groups.

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Protest in Havana (July 11, 2021). Multiple protesters are in jail or facing prosecution. Photo: Domitille P/Shutterstock

Welcome to the “Number of the Week,” where we choose a single figure that helps understand what is going on in Brazil. This week, we discuss how the government in Cuba is cracking down on protesters to tighten its grip on power, according to data from Human Rights Watch (HRW).

1,320
Cubans in prison or facing prosecution for protesting

Latin America experienced an “alarming setback of basic freedoms,” according to Human Rights Watch’s latest World Report. The organization says the region is facing some of its gravest human rights challenges in decades, with significant increases in attacks on the...

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