📰 Detention Centers
: An outbreak of COVID-19 in a detention center infected 90%
of the detainees. This was revealed after an inspection ordered by a judge, which recommended the release of detainees at greatest risk of infection and death. This outbreak could have been caused by ICE, who flew detainees to Virginia
so the planes could transport agents to suppress D.C. protests.
: Belize has administered nearly 10,000 coronavirus tests and has confirmed over 1,300 positive tests
in total, 977 cases remain active.
Miners have closed off road in the Abangares canton in Costa Rica demanding that the government provide them some form of legal security to sell the gold they extract from the mines and that the government comply with legal agreements
it made with miners weeks ago.
📰 Sexual Abuse:
Two Costa Rican women have withdrawn their sexual abuse complaints
against former Costa Rican President and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Oscar Arias, with no immediate explanation for the victims’ decisions.
The National Union of Medical Specialists (SINAME) has called for more face masks and medical resources in face of risk of a collapse of the health system
where intensive care units are overcrowded.
📰 Ongoing Investigations:
Attorney General Raúl Melara launched searches
in prisons after the press uncovered evidence that President Nayib Bukele’s administration has been negotiating with MS13 gang leaders for political favors. He said: “not acceptable from any perspective”. There are least 14 ongoing corruption investigations
into the administration.
📰 Montano Sentenced:
A Spanish court sentenced
former colonel and vice-minister of public security Inocente Montano, 77, to 133 years in prison for coordinating the murder of 5 members of the Jesuit brotherhood in 1989.
📰 Press Freedom:
A group of U.S. congressional Democrats sent a letter
to Bukele’s administration expressing concerns for attacks against the media covering El Salvador. The letter points to coordinated cyber-attacks and raids against journalists.
📰 Constitutional Question:
Bukele said he does not intend to reform the government as a constitutional republic after proposing a study
of the 1883 Constitution’s “errors, contradictions and gaps”.
📰 Freedom of press:
Journalist Sonny Figueroa was assaulted and arrested in Guatemala City on September 11. When he was assaulted, he asked for support and the National Civil Police (PNC) were called; instead of helping Figueroa they allegedly assaulted him and arrested him
. This attack and arrest follows two days after he published the “Core Government
”, an investigative report on the key players in the government. The journalist was later released.
📰 Human Rights Defenders
: Norway’s Ambassador to Central America urges the Guatemalan government to investigate
the killings, disappearances, and attacks on human rights defenders in Guatemala.
📰 Water Law
: The representatives of 48 indigenous cantons of Totonicapán rejected the water law
proposal and asked the political party National Unity of Hope (UNE) for support. The water law proposal allegedly includes a register of basins, rivers, lakes and sources and the indigenous maya k'iche’ leaders do not want water coming from their region to be regulated by the state.
The National Anti-Corruption Council denounced that corruption during the pandemic adds up to more than U$11 million
dollars. // The Platform for the Defense of Health and Education convened a protest
in the city of Tegucigalpa to protest the corruption in the handling of the pandemic.
The National Congress began the first debate on the new Electoral Law,
which will become the regulations for the primary and general elections of 2021. The goal is to have “clear rules” for the next elections. This debate does not include the possibility of having a second round in the elections.
📰 Garifuna Communities:
The National Police stated that they are “awaiting the issuance of arrest warrants
” related to the disappearance of the five men of the Garífuna community El Triunfo de la Cruz. Residents
of this community say they “live an atmosphere of anxiety, sadness and helplessness.”
📰 Solidarity Subsidy:
The Confraternidad Evangelica
(“Evangelical Brotherhood) asked the government to support pastors
due to COVID-19 crisis. The religious group affirmed that the government accepted their request, and would be given a “solidarity subsidy”. This has caused much controversy among other religious and private sector leaders.
📰 Sexual Violence
: A Court of Conscience (organized by the Arias Foundation) found President Daniel Ortega and his wife and Vice President Rosario Murillo responsible for using sexual violence
as a method of torture and crimes against humanity against Nicaraguan citizens.
Panama has surpassed 100,000 cases
of COVID-19. The fatality rate remains at 2.1%. The latest report from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) also shows that "Reproductive Effectiveness” has been declining since August, which reflects a sustained transmission
of the new coronavirus.
Panama is lifting mobility restrictions by gender
and implementing a curfew in several provinces – so long as the health crisis maintains a 3% lethal margin, there is a 20% availability of beds in the ward, as well as the availability of 15% in intensive care units and special respiratory care units.
📰 Construction Resumes:
Construction projects across the country will be reactivated this week allowing hundreds of workers to return to work
, during the rainy season, after six months of forced unemployment due to COVID-19.
: Approximately 150,000 Venezuelans have fled to Panama
. Those who have worked in medical professions in their home country struggle to find work in Panama since the professions of doctor, nurse, and pharmacist require citizenship. A nationalist sentiment that Panama “is for Panamanians” has been on the rise since 2016 and the UNHCR has observed the rise of xenophobia, particularly against Venezuelan immigrants.