Human Rights and Repression: Latin America in Comparative Perspective


Human Rights and Repression: Latin America in Comparative Perspective

March 21, 2019 9:00 AM - March 22, 2019 5:00 PM

Stanford's Poverty, Violence and Governance Lab is hosting a two-day conference that seeks to advance understanding of the causes and consequences of human rights violations in both dictatorships and democracies. It brings together researchers studying repression – including illegal detention, police killings, and censorship – to better understand the conditions under which states violate human rights, and how this affects the relationship between the state and its citizens.

The conference is co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies and Stanford Global Studies.



March 21, 9:15 AM

Keynote speaker Tamara Taraciuk Broner, Human Rights Watch


Protecting Citizens or Punishing Criminals? Staying Vigilant in Mexico’s Drug War

Why do people support punitive justice policies? Our hunch was that citizens have multiple priorities when deciding how they want crime to be punished. They care about preventing future violence, but also value punishing criminals for the harm that they’ve done. And anger in the wake of outrageous forms of violence can cause citizens to place more value on making sure that criminals get punished, even at the cost of preventing future crime and the legality of the process.

Military Intelligence Agencies Torture Dissidents’ Relatives in Venezuela

In a recent report by Human Rights Watch and Foro Penal, we analyzed information about cases of 32 people. We found that not only are intelligence agents detaining and torturing members of the military who are suspected of fomenting rebellion, but in some cases, they are also going after their families or other civilians when they can’t find the suspects. In most cases, members of DGCIM or the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (SEBIN) carried out the arrests.

For the participants