Renewed Wiretapping Abuses in Colombia

Colombian President Álvaro Uribe halted the nation’s wiretapping program in February amidst claims the secret police, known as the Administrative Department of Security (Departamento Administrativo de Seguridad, “DAS”) illegally wiretapped prominent journalists, Supreme Court justices, and opposition politicians. Eavesdropping is…

Ortega’s Nicaragua May Be Sliding Towards Autocracy

Opposition leaders in Nicaragua criticized President Daniel Ortega Saavedra’s call for constitutional reform to allow a second presidential term. While extending term limits is not per se undemocratic, other Ortega policies suggest that he is leading the country down a…