U.S. Policy on Democracy in Latin America and the Caribbean, Hearing Before the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, One Hundred Seventeenth Congress, First Session, November 30, 2021   [open pdf - 248KB]

This is the November 30, 2021 hearing on "U.S. Policy on Democracy in Latin America and the Caribbean," held before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. From the Opening Statement of Robert Menendez: "In March, this committee hosted Organization of American States Secretary General Luis Almagro to review the state of democracy in the region. We heard concerns about the uptick in fraudulent elections, shrinking space for civil society and independent media, efforts to politicize judicial institutions, and the loss of hope in a region plagued by insecurity and kleptocracy. While the Inter-American Democratic Charter marked its 20th anniversary in September, the harsh reality is that we are witnessing a fraying of democratic consensus in the Americas. Given Secretary General Almagro's diagnosis, it is critical that the Biden administration continue efforts to restore the defense of democracy as a central pillar of U.S. foreign policy. In his June memorandum, the President made it clear that combating kleptocracy is a U.S. national security priority, and American diplomats are again using the language of human rights. [...] It is no wonder, given the state of democracy in the Americas that irregular population movements are at an all-time high. Our hemisphere is at a critical inflection point. We must help democracies deliver, especially as they recover from the economic and social impact of the pandemic. We must continue supporting civil society efforts to reverse democratic backsliding. We must help prodemocracy movements harness the power of technology to confront dictatorships. The upcoming Summit for Democracy presents an opportunity to coalesce around a global strategy to confront repressive regimes and strengthen democracies. It is my sincere hope that it produces tangible outcomes." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Brian Nichols and Todd Robinson.

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S. Hrg. 117-238; Senate Hearing 117-238
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