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Vulnerability originates in inequalities: Tropical Storm 12E wreaks havoc across Central America

Sunday October 16 2011

San Salvador, El Salvador

The heavy rains that have fallen all over the Central American region for the past week are creating disaster and destruction, yesterday resulting in the Guatemalan and Salvadoran presidents' declaration of a state of calamity for both countries.

Interview: For Salvadoran activist, it is necessary to change the development paradigm

Interview: For Salvadoran activist, it is necessary to change the development paradigm

October 3rd, 2011

Panama City, Panama

By Tatiana Félix Journalist, Adital

Translated by Maggie Von Vogt

Interview: For Salvadoran activist, it is necessary to change the development paradigm

Interview: For Salvadoran activist, it is necessary to change the development paradigm

October 3rd, 2011

Panama City, Panama

By Tatiana Félix Journalist, Adital

Translated by Maggie Von Vogt

Climate Justice Now! Central American Declaration

Author: Central American Block, Climate Justice Now! Campaign


Gobierno Asesino en Honduras: Communique desde Honduras (Español and English)

Report from a contact involved in popular struggle and human rights movement in Tegucigalpa, Honduras received Monday June 29th at 11:04pm.
 
Reportaje de un contacto del movimiento civil y de derechos humanos en Tegucigalpa, Honduras el Lunes 29 de Junio recibido a las 11:04 de la noche. - Español abajo
 
Greetings,
 
 
Today has been a very tragic day for our country. The army's violent repression continues against the demonstrators protesting peacefully for the restoration of constitutional order and democracy in Honduras.

El Salvador Bans Same-Sex Marriage and LGBT Adoption Rights in Last Minute Constitutional Amendment

After weeks of public debate and protest, El Salvador’s Legislative Assembly approved an amendment to the constitution to ban marriage between same-sex couples and same-sex couples’ ability to adopt a child.  This amendment was proposed in the final hours of the current Legislative Assembly session, which ends April 30th.

“Marriage is only for men and women, born that way.  It remains consecrated in our country that this is not possible for same-sex couples,” (El Diario de Hoy, 30 April 2009) announced Rodolfo Parker, the major proponent of the amendment.

Despite Attacks from the Right Wing, El Salvador's LGBT Movement Continues the Fight for Human Rights and Dignity

by Alexandria Soleil and Maggie Von Vogt

On April 20, 2009, various organizations and individuals from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community of El Salvador rallied in front of the Legislative Assembly to protest an unwarranted attack on their civil rights. Legislative Assembly Deputy Rodolfo Parker has reignited efforts to pass an amendment that would specify that marriage only be between a man and a woman and deny same sex couples the right to adopt a child. Activists from various NGOs and LGBT networks joined to demonstrate their presence and present a counter-amendment that would expand constitutional rights in the country rather than deny them.

El Salvador: Legislative and Municipal Elections Conducted with Flaws

By Alexandria Soleil and Maggie Von Vogt

Salvadorans marked party flags on their ballots Sunday during nationwide legislative and municipal elections. The local press is focusing on the capital where right-wing ARENA won the mayor seat from the left-wing FMLN. Nonetheless international media report that the FMLN won a majority of legislative seats.

So far, all political parties have accepted results peacefully, but irregularities in the voting process have raised concerns in several municipalities. The Center for Exchange and Solidarity (El Centro de Intercambio y Solidarididad, CIS), which coordinated an international electoral observation mission, reported several concerns with the way voting developed throughout the country.

Youth Demand Transparency as El Salvador Prepares Municipal and Legislative Elections

by Alexandria Soleil and Maggie Von Vogt

 

On January 18, 2009, El Salvador will hold its sixth municipal and legislative elections since the 1992 signing of the Peace Accords.  This year national politicians and international officials are aiming for the most transparent and clean to date, but popular sectors criticize the electoral system and predict that past problems are likely to occur again.  A September 2008 poll executed by the University Institute of Public Opinion at Central American University José Simeon Cañas (IUDOP) found that 55% of those surveyed believe there will be fraud in January’s election.

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