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Simposio 660: "Human rights and policing: who protects the rights of the poor" - ICA 2012

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Hasta el 31 de agosto de 2011
Simposio 660: "Human rights and policing: who protects the rights of the poor" - ICA 2012

Simposio para el 54 Congreso Internacional de Americanistas, (Viena, 2012): Human rights and policing: who protects the rights of the poor.

Coordinadores: Glanc Laura (University of Essex); Taylor, Lewis (University of Liverpool, Liverpool, Reino Unido).

Convocan a los interesados a enviar sus propuestas de ponencias (título, resumen de entre 1.000 a 2.000 caracteres, 3 a 5 palabras clave, nombre del ponente, grado académico e institución de adscripción) a los coordinadores antes del 31 de agosto de 2011.

Además, para formalizar la presentación de la propuesta de ponencia será indispensable enviarla utilizando el formulario en línea en la página del ICA.

Breve fundamentación del simposio: The restoration of democracy in many Latin American countries was signalled by the mission of condemning past human rights abuses alongside the challenge of redefining the domestic security system. The return of Latin American democracies was an attempt to make the promise of the famous sentence ‘Never Again’ a reality. However, long years of dictatorial rule and authoritarian tradition would not make delivering this promise an easy project. In effect, today the fundamental rights of selected social groups continue to be vulnerable. For many, their vulnerability is justified in the name of public security. Current widespread concerns over violence and crime have often legitimised practices of police brutality to protect the region from criminality. The primary aim of this panel is to investigate the nature of policing under novel democracies as well as to explore to what extent its logic is favourable or detrimental for the protection of human rights in the Americas region. To that end, the panel specifically seeks to investigate the following substantive questions: Does regime-change presuppose a change in the nature of policing and in the general understanding of ‘security’? Is policing a state mechanism to protect the citizens just from criminality or also from human rights abuses? Are human rights really protected under novel democracies? How is policing understood and perceived in the region? The panel welcomes papers that address the topics of human rights and policing in a comparative perspective and in specific country studies in the Americas region.

Palabras claves: Human Rights, Policing, Police Brutality, Criminality, Democracy.

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