LASA expresses its concern over state’s repression of the Colombian student movement

January 8, 2019

The Executive Committee of the Latin American Studies Association expresses its concern over the repression with which the Colombian government has responded to massive, peaceful student demonstrations throughout the country in defense of the public universities.

As the largest professional association in the world that brings together individuals and institutions dedicated to the study of Latin America, LASA promotes research and teaching about Latin America, the Caribbean and its peoples, and defends academic liberty and respect for human rights.

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About LASA

The Latin American Studies Association (LASA) is the largest professional association in the world for individuals and institutions engaged in the study of Latin America. With over 13,000 members, over 60% of whom reside outside the United States, LASA is the one association that brings together experts on Latin America from all disciplines and diverse occupational endeavors, across the globe. LASA's mission is to foster intellectual discussion, research, and teaching on Latin America, the Caribbean, and its people throughout the Americas, promote the interests of its diverse membership, and encourage civic engagement through network building and public debate.

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