Latin America News Dispatch

Latin American and Caribbean Women Demonstrate in Support of International Safe Abortion Day

Women took to the streets across Latin America and the Caribbean on Tuesday in recognition of the Global Day of Action for access to legal, safe and free abortion. Large demonstrations took place in Mexico, El Salvador, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru and Chile.

  • Oct 4, 2021
  • 4:22 PM

US Envoy to Haiti Resigns Over Biden Administration’s Handling of Haitian Migrants at the Border

Daniel Foote stated in a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken that the deportation policy would exacerbate the already dire situation in Haiti and in turn, drive more migrants to the border.

  • Sep 27, 2021
  • 11:17 AM

Regional Leaders Debate Future of Cooperation Amidst Tensions

The Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) convened its VI Summit of Heads of State and Government in Mexico City on Saturday.

  • Sep 20, 2021
  • 1:33 PM

Shining Path Leader Abimael Guzmán Dead at 86

Guzmán left his job as a professor of philosophy in 1980 to lead Shining Path in what would become the deadliest civil conflict in Peru’s history as an independent country.

  • Sep 13, 2021
  • 12:43 PM

Bolivia Ex-Prez Áñez Charged With Genocide

The charges relate to actions taken by Áñez shortly after being declared president when she issued a decree giving the military responsibility for public security. In the next week, security forces shot 20 people to death and injured dozens of others in two clashes in Cochabamba and El Alto.

  • Aug 23, 2021
  • 10:57 AM

Venezuela Begins Talks With Opposition in Mexico

Representatives of the Venezuelan opposition and government have started talks to resolve the crisis facing the country.

  • Aug 16, 2021
  • 3:32 PM

Senate Pushes New Sanctions on Nicaragua

The law, called the RENACER Act (Reinforcing Nicaragua’s Adherence to Conditions for Electoral Reform), would allow the Biden administration to impose targeted sanctions against “Nicaraguan officials who seek to derail the country’s electoral process.”

  • Aug 10, 2021
  • 5:50 PM

Guatemalans Protest Firing of Corruption Prosecutor

The firing of an anti-corruption prosecutor has sparked an angry reaction from civil society and demands for the resignations of President Alejandro Giammattei and Attorney General María Consuelo Porras.

  • Aug 2, 2021
  • 12:14 PM

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  • May 3, 2021
  • 12:30 PM

Mexico Will Build 17 Shelters for Child Migrants Near Southern Border

The shelters will be run by the country’s child welfare agency and will be located in different places in the states of Tabasco and Chiapas.

  • Apr 26, 2021
  • 10:07 AM

After Castro Steps Down, Díaz-Canel Becomes New Head of Cuba’s Communist Party

Miguel Díaz-Canel was named the new head of Cuba’s Communist Party on Monday after Raúl Castro announced on Friday that he would be stepping down as the party’s leader,

  • Apr 19, 2021
  • 4:37 PM

Conservative Lasso Wins Ecuador Election

Conservative businessman Guillermo Lasso beat out leftist Andrés Araúz in presidential elections on Sunday and will be the next president of Ecuador.

  • Apr 12, 2021
  • 3:51 PM

Mexican Soldier Arrested for Checkpoint Shooting of Guatemalan Citizen

According to his family, the victim, identified as Elvin Mazariegos, had driven to Mexico in a pickup truck to make purchases and was returning to his country when he was stopped at a checkpoint and asked for identification, which he could not produce.

  • Apr 5, 2021
  • 11:43 AM

Coronavirus Cases Rise Across South America Despite Vaccination Advances

On March 24, Brazil became the second country to surpass more than 300,000 deaths from COVID-19, after a record-breaking 3,251 deaths in one day on Tuesday.

  • Mar 29, 2021
  • 11:38 AM

CBP Reports February Increase of Border Apprehensions

Since Joe Biden’s inauguration, the number of people encountered at the southern border has increased, particularly with families and unaccompanied minors.

  • Mar 22, 2021
  • 10:16 AM

Bolivia Ex-Prez Áñez Arrested for Role in 2019 Coup

Several other members of the interim government have also been arrested, including former General Williams Kaliman.

  • Mar 15, 2021
  • 10:49 AM

Paraguay Ministers Resign as Calls Grow for President’s Ouster

On Friday, the health minister resigned over the issue, and protests against the lack of medicine and mismanagement turned into riots in Asunción.

  • Mar 8, 2021
  • 2:42 PM

Party of El Salvador President Nayib Bukele Wins Landslide

This election was the first test for the Nuevas Ideas party, which was founded by Bukele in 2018 but didn’t obtain official status in time for the election of that year.

  • Mar 1, 2021
  • 4:09 PM

Ecuador Heads to Presidential Runoff With Correa Ally Leading

After weeks of uncertainty, the first-round Ecuadorian election results are in: Andrés Arauz will face Guillermo Lasso in the second round of Ecuador’s presidential election on April 11.

  • Feb 22, 2021
  • 10:54 AM

Haitian President Moïse Confronts Judiciary as Unrest Continues

Haiti’s protracted political crisis passed a milestone last Sunday, February 7 as President Jovenel Moïse stayed in office past the day the Supreme Court and opposition leaders claimed his term should have ended

  • Feb 15, 2021
  • 11:36 AM

Mexico Failed to Provide Human Rights Training to Armed Forces

Of all the institutions consulted, the organization found that  the Secretariat of National Defense (Sedena), the Secretariat of the Navy (Semar) and the National Guard did not have “complete evidence to evaluate the outcome of the training that was carried out.”

  • Dec 11, 2020
  • 12:26 PM

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