A UN report that was released on Thursday criticizes the United States for a poor performance on 25 human rights issues, ranging from torture and National Security Agency spying, to life sentences for juvenile offenders and the death penalty.

Over two years after disaster struck central Chile, government officials in power at the time are locked in a legal dispute over who is to blame for not issuing the proper warnings.
When Otto Pérez Molina takes office on January 14, he will encounter a judicial system that has made substantial improvements. Those efforts must continue.

Bolivia’s national congress today passed legislation that officially codifies the application of “original” or “communal” justice in indigenous communities.

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