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Dear readers,
Welcome back to another week of Central American news.
Here’s a round-up of highlights from the isthmus:
A group of Guatemalan indigenous women who have survived the State-led genocide are trying to stop the amnesty law for war criminals from passing. In Honduras, civil society is worried for the future of the OAS-led Mission to Support the Fight against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras (MACCIH).
El Salvador is in the U.S. political and media limelight again as U.S. Venezuela Envoy is confronted by Rep. Ilhan Omar on his role in El Mozote 1981 massacre.
Nicaragua agreed to talk with OAS and strengthen its electoral system for the country’s next elections in 2021 in what commentators say is a trick to delay the implementation of the Democratic Charter.
Belize’s administration has trouble dealing with Central Americans seeking refuge and Panama intercepted hundreds of Cuban migrants at its border. For the U.S. President Trump, the answer to borders and immigration is to declare national emergency to grasp funds and build a wall.
Costa Rican women are coming forth in denouncing sexual abuse of former President Arias as well as another politician - the country’s #MeToo movement seems to have started.
Thank you for reading and see you next week.
Salú,
Melissa
Panama
Belize
Guatemala
El Salvador
Costa Rica
Good reads
This week was hard to curate! Here are more recommendations than usual on a variety of news.
  •  Colum Lynch goes deep into why U.S. conservative politicians are lenient with Guatemalan President Morales and the dismantlement of CICIG, on Foreign Policy.
  • Jo-Marie Burt makes a case against Guatemala’s amnesty law that, if passed, could “undo decades of work to provide justice to victims of wartime atrocities,” on NPR.
  • Anna-Cat Brigida reports on Costa Rica’s “#MeToo” movement and how the accusations made by women against Oscar Arias are strengthened by their numbers on TIME.
  • Christine Wade explains why Bukele’s election was historic on World Politics Review.
  • Heather Gies went to El Mozote, where forensics teams dig for human remains, right when the massacre is brought up in U.S. politics almost four decades later, for The Guardian.
  • Raymond Bonner, a journalist who reported on El Mozote massacre in 1981, writes in detail of Elliott Abrams’ role in El Salvador’s war for The Atlantic.
Photo of the Week
People protest, holding a sign that read "Oscar Arias rapist," against Nobel Peace Prize winner and former Costa Rican president Oscar Arias, who was accused of sexual assault in San Jose, Costa Rica February 8, 2019. Exequiel Becerra—AFP/Getty Images
People protest, holding a sign that read "Oscar Arias rapist," against Nobel Peace Prize winner and former Costa Rican president Oscar Arias, who was accused of sexual assault in San Jose, Costa Rica February 8, 2019. Exequiel Becerra—AFP/Getty Images
Valentine's Day
Guatemala exported 1.9 million kilos of flowers from January until Valentine’s Day, according to AGEXPORT.
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