Shelved since 1993, the case was reopened in September 2016, providing a historic opportunity to try soldiers and officers accused of killing more than 1,000 inhabitants of El Mozote village and neighbouring hamlets.
Prosecutor Luisa Ortega has also accused security officers of using excessive force.
President Maduro accused the mob of attacking the man, whom he identified as 21-year old Orlando Figuera, because he was pro-government.
Brazil’s political crisis is spiralling to a new level amid the release of recordings that allegedly caught the president authorising a bribe. Fixing this mess will take more than a personnel change.
Unrest and protests against President Nicolas Maduro’s socialist government since early April have caused at least 46 deaths, injuries to many and arrests.
The investigation raised the possibility of Brazil seeing a second president fall in less than a year, with Brazilian financial markets tumbling on doubts.
Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets in recent weeks, angry about food shortages, a medical crisis and soaring inflation.
The measure, aimed at curbing social security benefits, needs to be approved twice by two-third of the lawmakers in both chambers of Congress.
The death of Luis Alviarez, 18, brought the death toll in six weeks of protest to at least 39.
The case of Luis Muiña, a civilian in prison for his participation in kidnappings and torture in 1976, sparked the massive protest demonstrations in Argentina over the past week.
The patently illegitimate regime of Nicolás Maduro is hanging on to power in Venezuela with the brute support of a complicit military.
Caught between the bullying Donald Trump, an indifferent Europe and the suspect Chinese, Latin America is looking more seriously at India, attracted by its huge and growing market, and its vibrant and diverse democracy.
In his first critical remarks directed at Trump since he took office, Castro termed his trade policies “egotistical” and his plan to build a wall along the Mexican border “irrational.”
Researchers say many tree species populating the Amazon region appear to be abundant because they were cultivated by people who populated the area before Europeans arrived more than five centuries ago.
By appointing generals to top political posts and hiking defence spending, Donald Trump is imperilling a cherished tenet of the US constitution: civilian control of the military.
First-round voting confirmed that populist president Rafael Correa’s AP movement is still Ecuador’s most powerful political force. But the right is gaining strength.
People with disabilities lag behind in employment and health indicators across the world. So severe is the issue worldwide that in 2014 the UN created a Special Rapporteur position to examine the problem, which affects many of the one billion people – about 15% of the world’s population – who have some form of disability.
According to critics, leftist candidate Lenin Moreno is ill-equipped to overhaul an ailing economy hit by low oil prices, steep debts and a stronger US dollar that has hurt exports.
Outsider Alejandro Guillier’s sudden rise in the polls has invigorated Chilean politics and revived the hopes of progressives across Latin America.
A 2006 study found that women’s rights groups felt the gag rule violated their rights to freedom of speech and association.
Will the US end its aggressive counter-narcotics strategy, which has battered Latin America for four decades?
New governments were voted in, others struggled through crises, some economies recovered and one country inched closer to peace. Next year brings promise to some, stability to others and continued unrest elsewhere.
Trump’s protectionist policies, which will have global ripples, are bound to affect the financial stability of South Asian economies.
In this documentary, two Latin American scholars lay out the basics of drug policy, expose the ‘war on drugs’ and offer reform suggestions.
There’s truth in the analysis that the rise of right-wing populism is a response to the failures of globalisation. But is it the only response?
Looking back on the life of the Cuban communist and revolutionary and the astonishing impact he had on not just Cuba or Latin America but the whole world.
The new accord was put together in just over a month after the original pact was narrowly and unexpectedly defeated in an October 2 referendum for being too lenient on the rebels.
The minimum age for marriage in Guatemala was raised to 18 but drought, poverty and debt are putting more girls at risk of being married off early.
Only by listening to local LGBT activists in hostile environments can the West stand up for human rights worldwide.
The canal was under US control for nearly a century and was only recognised as Panamanian on new year’s eve 1999.
While there is more than enough evidence to suggest a coup may indeed already be in the works for Venezuela in the near future, a wide range of opinions comprise Venezuelan public opinion regarding the opposition’s latest call for protests.
If Rousseff is convicted, her conservative former vice president, Michel Temer, will lead the nation until the next presidential elections in 2018.
Despite their large presence and strong influence in the region, the native peoples of Latin America still represent one of the most disadvantaged population groups.
The WHO maintains that canceling the Olympics, or relocating the games, is not going to alter the international spread of Zika. In a world connected by travel and migration, opportunities for the virus to cross borders extend far beyond sporting events.
The estimated reduction in earnings due to poor early growth is largest in South Asia.
As Venezuela grapples with a national crisis, there is greater international pressure and condemnation. Peace and democratic order remain a far cry for the country.
Brazil was one the fastest economies of in the world from 1990-1980 but now that seems to be a faraway dream.
Although the region is in the midst of a recession, Latin Americans are keen to boost trade ties with India as part of a strategy to reduce over-dependence on China.
Rather than the arbiter of global energy, OPEC is and has always been a dysfunctional, divided and discouraged organisation.
Brasilia: Brazil’s Senate will vote on Wednesday on whether to put President Dilma Rousseff on trial for breaking budget rules, amid expectations she will become the country’s first leader in more than two decades to be removed from office. If her opponents garner a simple majority of the 81 […]