NotiSur contains news, summaries, and analyses on a variety of political, economic, and social issues in South America. The publication covers regional integration and democratization, including topics such as political parties and elections, governmental reform and judicial issues, political violence and human rights, military issues, and inter-American affairs.
Current IssueEfforts to End Violence Against Women Grow in Peru
Violence against women in Peru, a country ranking second in Latin America for the number of incidents of sexual violence with 10 femicides a month, has been given a central spot on the public agenda.Credit goes to “Ni Una Menos” (Not One Less), a civic movement rising to reject two recent judicial decisions that gave suspended sentences to two men who violently threatened their partners. The entire country saw a 2015 video on national television that showed how a naked Adriano Pozo dragged Arlette Contreras by her hair through a hostel reception area in Ayacucho. Considering this an aggressive act that resulted in only light wounds, judges recently gave Pozo a one-year suspended sentence. In 2012, Ronny García beat his former girlfriend, Lady Guillén, to the point of disfigurement; he received a four-year prison sentence that was also suspended.These cases offended many Peruvians, women and men, and a social media page called Ni Una Menos was created, calling for a march with the same name on Aug. 13. Immediately, hundreds of women began to post harrowing testimonies on the page. Each testimony encouraged others to break their silence about acts that have long occurred in Peru’s patriarchal, machista societyMisery and Misconceptions as Crisis in Venezuela Deepens
Against a string of obstacles, some of which it created, Venezuela’s opposition bloc has set things in motion for a referendum that could perhaps put an early end to the presidency of Nicolás Maduro. Time, though, is not on the opposition’s side as the do-or-die date for the recall project— Jan. 10, 2017—looms.The country’s top electoral authority (Consejo Nacional Electoral) validated the steps taken so far by the opposition coalition Mesa de la Unidad Democrática (MUD) and fixed the deadline for the next step in the process—the gathering of nearly 4 million signatures (representing 20% of the registered electorate, as required by the Constitution)—for late October. But given that the signatures would then need to be validated, and that there would also be a 90-day delay before a referendum could be held, it’s unlikely the vote would take place by Jan. 10. In that case, even if voters opted to oust Maduro, his administration would stay on until the natural end of its term, in January 2019.