📰 Rest in Peace, Carlos
: Recent video footage recording the death
of a sick Guatemalan teen in U.S. custody contradicts Border Patrol’s account of his death.
📰 No Plan for Family Separations:
An official U.S. report on the Trump administration’s zero tolerance family separations reveals the lack of
plans, technology, and protocols to track family separations with plans of reunification.
📰 Asylum Agreement:
Seven civil society groups share concerns over how the asylum agreements forged between the United States and various Central American nations have a high potential to violate
the human rights of migrants and asylum seekers.
📰 Relations with China:
After a State visit from Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele, China announced an agreement to invest in several major infrastructure projects
in El Salvador, including a large sports stadium, multi-story library, and water treatment plant.
The MS-13 has poultry farms, coffee plantations, and receives money from politicians, revealed an ex gangster
in a massive trial in El Salvador.
📰 Reconciliation Law:
The Salvadoran Supreme Court extended the deadline
for the Legislative Assembly to approve a new “National Reconciliation Law” until February 28, 2020.
📰 Human Rights:
During first “in loco” visit to El Salvador in 32 years
, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) heard from civil society organizations who denounced rise in crimes against the LGBTI population, attacks on the press, and aggressions against human rights defenders.
📰 Caribbean Community
: Belize joins with CARICOM in celebrating 47 years
of diplomatic relations with Cuba.
Abuse of power, corruption, and human rights violations prevail in Central America, according to a regional report. Nicaragua is mentioned as ”the most corrupt country
“ in the region according to Transparency International.
Seven women were killed
in November in Nicaragua, which increases the amount of femicides this year to 60 women. This could be one of the worst years for women, warns the Catholic Observatory for the Right to Decide (CDD).
Enrollment in universities falls between
30% and 50% due to the country’s sociopolitical crisis.
📰 President Jimmy Morales:
President Jimmy Morales confirms his future role as parliamentarian
in the Central American Parliament (Parlacen).//
The Public Prosecutor’s Office is investigating three cases that could involve President
Jimmy Morales and the head of the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor, Stuardo Campo.
📰 US Relations:
US seeks to strengthen
the Office of the Prosecutor against Impunity to fight corruption in Guatemala.
// The U.S. government considers Alejandro Sinibaldi, a former Communications Minister, a fugitive from justice.
Sinibaldi is involved in corruption cases and has six arrest warrants in Guatemala.
Costa Rican authorities launched a “Safe December”
initiative that will increase police presence throughout the country to help combat crime and ensure that Costa Rica has a safer year compared to 2018, where the country closed 2018 with 586 homicides. // Costa Rican authorities inaugurated a new airplane
that will be used by the country’s Air Surveillance Service, a branch of the Public Security Ministry.
📰 Organ Trafficking:
Prosecutors in Costa Rica are investigating a suspected organ trafficking
ring at a hospital in the country’s capital of San José. This is the second time in recent years an organ trafficking ring has been uncovered.
📰 Human Rights:
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, encourages Costa Rica to continue creating spaces
for dialogue and social participation. // A museum commemorating the victims
and others who have been killed during the protests against the government of President Daniel Ortega will be exhibited in Costa Rica.
📰 Feminist Performance
: Honduran feminist organizations convened in Tegucigalpa to recreate the feminist performance
“El Violador Eras Tu” originally performed in Chile by Las Tesis collective that denounces sexual violence against women.
📰 Martinelli Sues Prisa Group:
Panama’s former president Martinelli filed a lawsuit against
Grupo Prisa radio for US $5 million, under the charges of “slander
📰 Supreme Court:
The unicameral Parliament of Panama ratified nine new judges
of the Supreme Court. The Judges were nominated by the president of his country, Laurentino Cortizo, who asked them "not to fail” in the mission of strengthening the discredited administration of Panamanian Justice.
📰 Direct Investment
: According to preliminary figures
, foreign direct investment expanded by 10.9%.