Countries throughout Latin America are facing an “alarming reversal” of basic freedoms, according to Human Rights Watch’s “World Report 2022,” released Thursday. “Even democratically elected leaders attacked independent civil society, the free press, and judicial independence,” Tamara Taraciuk Broner, Americas acting director at Human Rights Watch, said in a statement. The 32nd edition of Human Rights Watch's world report reviewed human rights practices in nearly 100 countries. According to the report, the Cuban government "continues to repress and punish virtually all forms of dissent and public criticism." It mentioned the massive arrests following the historic protests over the summer and singled out the case of a 17-year-old female who said she was subjected to abuse and threats while she was detained. Independent journalists and artists are “systematically detained,” and intelligence officers appear at critics’ homes, ordering them to stay there for extended periods of time, according to the report. In Nicaragua, President Daniel Ortega “has dismantled nearly all institutional checks on presidential power,” the report said. Ortega was elected to a fourth consecutive term in November after a wave of arrests that included seven presidential candidates and 32 prominent government critics, as well as journalists, lawyers and community leaders. People in Nicaragua are still reeling from massive anti-government protests in 2018 that left 328 dead, about 2,000 injured and hundreds detained, according to the report. In Venezuela, President Nicolás Maduro’s government and security forces “are responsible for extrajudicial executions and short-term forced disappearances and have jailed opponents, prosecuted civilians in military courts, tortured detainees, and cracked down on protesters,” according to the findings. The International Criminal Court is investigating . . . read the full article here.