Latin America News Dispatch

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

Senior El Salvador Official Resigns Amid Cover-Up Allegations

The resignation came just as lawmakers were to vote to strip Mauricio Arriaza Chicas of immunity.

  • Dec 10, 2020
  • 12:29 PM

Record Number of Colombian Leaders Were Killed This Year

According to the Institute for Peace and Development Studies (Indepaz), 287 social leaders have been killed so far in 2020.

  • Dec 9, 2020
  • 10:36 AM

U.S. Extends Temporary Migration Status for Honduras After Deadly Hurricanes

President Juan Orlando Hernández said returning Hondurans to the Central American country would have a “double negative effect,” as the United States would lose a labor force and they would not be able to send remittances to Honduras.

  • Dec 8, 2020
  • 10:42 AM

Maduro Claims Victory in Venezuela Elections Boycotted by Opposition

The elections flipped the National Assembly, the last opposition-controlled branch of government, to Maduro’s United Socialist Party of Venezuela and allied parties.

  • Dec 7, 2020
  • 9:18 AM

Ecuador and the United States to Begin Commercial Relationship

President Lenín Moreno had announced the accord on November 16, explaining that it was “an excellent step” to reach a final agreement with the United States in the future.

  • Dec 4, 2020
  • 12:48 PM

Cuban Security Forces Detain Artists Who Organized Protest

Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara, Claudia Genlui Hidalgo and Iliana Hernández were detained for allegedly attempting to destabilize the government via their San Isidro Movement.

  • Dec 3, 2020
  • 12:17 PM

Mexican Officials Aren’t Reporting COVID-19 Cases in Migrant Detention Centers

Mexico’s National Immigration Institute (INM) has dodged questions regarding the number of COVID-19 cases at its detention facilities.

  • Dec 2, 2020
  • 11:07 AM

Brazil Reports Record Amount of Deforestation

Over 2.7 million acres were cut down in 2020, a 9.5% increase compared to the previous year.

  • Dec 1, 2020
  • 9:54 AM

Maradona’s Doctor Is Under Investigation Following the Football Star’s Death

Argentine police searched Leopoldo Luque’s home on Sunday and seized some medical records, computers, hard drives and cellphones.

  • Nov 30, 2020
  • 9:35 AM

Former President of Panama Will Face New Trial

Justices Donaji Arosemena and Yiles Pittí argued that the testimonies by protected witness Ismael Pittí and Júbilo Grael, an agent who participated in the wiretapping, indicated the existence of illegal activities.

  • Nov 25, 2020
  • 1:22 PM

113 Bodies Found in Unmarked Graves in Mexico

The State Attorney General’s office stated that this is the largest gravesite ever found in the area, and that officials are attempting to identify the remains.

  • Nov 24, 2020
  • 9:04 AM

Guatemalan Protesters Set Congress on Fire Over Budget Cuts

Police fired tear gas at protestors and around a dozen people have been reported injured.

  • Nov 23, 2020
  • 12:03 PM

Mexico Says Officials Will Not Be Tried in the U.S.

However, Jesús Ramírez, a spokesman for President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, said the country was willing to extradite officials or drug traffickers, contradicting the earlier statement made by Marcelo Ebrard.

  • Nov 20, 2020
  • 2:01 PM

US Drops Charges Against Former Mexican Defense Minister

In court documents revealed on Tuesday, the Justice Department said that “sensitive and important foreign policy considerations outweigh the government’s interest in pursuing the prosecution of the defendant.”

  • Nov 19, 2020
  • 1:37 PM

Mexico President Moves to Ban Job Outsourcing

Outsourcing in Mexico grew from 1 million workers to about 4.6 million by 2018.

  • Nov 13, 2020
  • 1:06 PM

Uncounted Ballots Found in Puerto Rico Week After Elections

How many votes are stored in at least 125 briefcases remains unknown, as some contain three while others 500 ballots.

  • Nov 12, 2020
  • 2:28 PM

Peruvian President Impeached by Congress

Congress’ first impeachment attempt in September received less than half of the 87 votes necessary to remove Martín Vizcarra from office.

  • Nov 10, 2020
  • 2:50 PM

Pedro Pierluisi Elected as Puerto Rico’s Next Governor

It is the first time that both of Puerto Rico’s major parties received less than 40% of the vote.

  • Nov 9, 2020
  • 10:34 AM

Puerto Rican Lawmaker Arrested After Re-Election on Corruption Charges

Néstor Alonso faces nine charges, including federal money theft and receiving kickbacks.

  • Nov 6, 2020
  • 1:09 PM

Jair Bolsonaro’s Son Faces Corruption Charges

The 39-year-old senator’s affairs have been under the spotlight since his father’s January 2019 inauguration.

  • Nov 5, 2020
  • 2:49 PM

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