Latin America News Dispatch

Latin America Surpasses Europe in COVID-19 Deaths

While Europe was hit early by the pandemic, Latin America has struggled to contain the spread of the virus despite long-lasting lockdowns in many countries.

  • Aug 7, 2020
  • 12:10 PM

Brazilian Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Special Measures to Protect Indigenous Peoples From COVID-19

Most of the measures the court ruled on had already been introduced by top officials last month and were vetoed by Bolsonaro.

  • Aug 6, 2020
  • 1:02 PM

Former Colombian President Uribe Placed on House Arrest

President Iván Duque announced that former President Álvaro Uribe will be held in custody as the Supreme Court investigates allegations of witness tampering

  • Aug 5, 2020
  • 1:01 PM

Fire at Nicaragua Cathedral Prompts Accusations of Terrorism

The U.S. ambassador to Nicaragua, Kevin Sullivan, condemned the fire as a “violent attack.”

  • Aug 4, 2020
  • 2:07 PM

Mexico Surpasses UK in COVID-19 Deaths, Behind Only US and Brazil

Despite the rise in cases, Mexico has been reopening its economy and President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has consistently downplayed the severity of the pandemic.

  • Aug 3, 2020
  • 1:35 PM

Ecuador Congress Grants Amnesty to Indigenous Leaders

The legislative body ruled that the crimes the leaders were accused of were not eligible to be tried in a court of law.

  • Jul 31, 2020
  • 1:33 PM

Latin America Deemed Most Dangerous Region for Environmental Activists

The study also found that Indigenous communities are disproportionately affected by this violence, with more than 40% of victims last year identifying as Indigenous.

  • Jul 30, 2020
  • 12:54 PM

Thousands of Bolivian Workers Go on Strike to Protest Election Delay

The election is a re-do of last October’s presidential election that ended with the ousting of President Evo Morales.

  • Jul 29, 2020
  • 12:34 PM

Hundreds of Nicaraguans Barred From Entering Country

About 500 migrants are stuck on the border with Costa Rica, forced into overcrowded camps with little food, shelter and water.

  • Jul 28, 2020
  • 12:32 PM

Hurricane Hanna Batters US-Mexico Border Amid COVID-19 Crisis

Hurricane Hanna registered as a Category 1 storm when it came ashore on Padre Island near Corpus Christi.

  • Jul 27, 2020
  • 12:43 PM

Honduran Garifuna Leaders Still Missing

The Indigenous Garifuna community is fearful after a group of five men was kidnapped by unknown assailants this past weekend.

  • Jul 24, 2020
  • 12:44 PM

Puerto Rico’s Public Schools Will Reopen Online

There are currently more than 288,000 students enrolled in Puerto Rico’s public school system.

  • Jul 23, 2020
  • 12:28 PM

Mexican Authorities Find 23 Abducted Children

According to prosecutors, the children were forced to make and sell crafts in market places.

  • Jul 22, 2020
  • 12:39 PM

Puerto Rico Governor Under Investigation for Management of Earthquake Aid

Four other government officials —including Secretary of the Interior Antonio Pabón Batlle and Senator Evelyn Vázquez Nieves— will also be investigated.

  • Jul 21, 2020
  • 2:18 PM

COVID-19 Cases Grow in Brazilian Amazon

COVID-19 continues to make inroads into the Brazilian Amazon, and the New York Times reports that health workers may be partly responsible.

  • Jul 20, 2020
  • 1:12 PM

Puerto Rico Reverses Reopening Measures a Day After Allowing Tourists

Videos showed long lines at the airport on Wednesday, and some travelers were unaware of the new requirements.

  • Jul 17, 2020
  • 12:28 PM

Chilean Police Accused of Over 8,500 Human Rights Abuse Instances

800 of these accusations have been filed as official complaints.

  • Jul 16, 2020
  • 12:26 PM

Latin America Coronavirus Deaths Surpass US and Canada

The Pan American Health Organization estimates that roughly half of all cases in the world now originate from the Americas.

  • Jul 15, 2020
  • 12:55 PM

Mexican Authorities Tally Over 73,000 Disappearances

The majority of recorded disappearances happened after 2006 when the U.S.-funded drug war began.

  • Jul 14, 2020
  • 1:02 PM

Bolsonaro Names Evangelical Pastor as New Education Minister

Milton Ribeiro’s selection is a win for Evangelical groups in Brazil who support Bolsonaro and want to increase the influence of Christianity in schools.

  • Jul 13, 2020
  • 1:58 PM

Bolivian Interim President Jeanine Áñez Tests Positive for Coronavirus

The Andean country broke yet another record for the number of daily recorded COVID-19 cases, with 1,439 on Thursday.

  • Jul 10, 2020
  • 1:53 PM

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