📰 Immigration Policies:
The U.S. Supreme Court ordered the reinstatement
of the “Remain in Mexico” policy. // A federal judge ruled that a law that criminalizes re-entry to the U.S. after deportation is unconstitutional
due to its racist origins. // Detained migrants are still paying high bail
bonds for release from detention per a Trump-era policy.
📰 Border Camp:
After a migrant camp at the U.S.-Mexico border was closed, nearly 2,000 migrants gathered and opened another makeshift camp
: Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador called on the U.S. and Canada to invest in development
rather than migration restrictions for Central American countries. // At the same time, Mexico is deporting hundreds
of migrants to rural Guatemala.
: The Cabinet has endorsed an update to the National Determined Contributions
, which addresses Belize’s commitment to fulfilling the United Nations’ goals for reducing climate change. The government has also been collaborating with fishery managers to develop new sustainable plans for fishing
in order to lessen the impact on local ecosystems.
📰 Queen of the Bay
: For the first time in seven years, the Queen of the Bay beauty pageant
was held in Belize District—though this year, it was a virtual event. Nurse Druewel Jones was crowned Queen. Back in June, there was some tension surrounding the coordinating council
of the pageant, with the Belmopan Coordinator recently choosing to sue the council over defamatory remarks.
Cases, hospitalizations and deaths increased
in the country despite 58% of the population having at least one dose of a vaccine. The Health Ministry reported a 7% increase in cases and a 15% increase in deaths. Authorities also say they’re reducing wait times
for vaccinations for second dose vaccinations for residents aged 30 and up to speed up the country’s vaccination efforts.
📰 Trade Dispute:
Trade authorities say that Panama is restricting or prohibiting goods
such as dairy products, fruits and meats from Costa Rica. The Costa Rican government is requesting an arbitration panel from the World Trade Organization to settle the dispute.
📰 Insect Agriculture:
The Foreign Trade Minister announced an initiative to commercialize products made from insects
such as crickets and mealworms. Both have high nutritional value, and help diversify the national economy by opening up an industry to produce food for both animal and human consumption.
: The Public Ministry (MP) reported that it has not yet investigated the alleged millionaire bribery
given to President Giammattei by people of Russian nationality. Prosecutor Curruchiche stated that a respective analysis is being carried out as there is no investigation record on the subject.
: Two pregnant women and their babies
passed away due to COVID-19 in San Pedro Sula this past weekend. Health authorities are urging pregnant women to get vaccinated.
📰 Human Rights
: The Sentencing Court of Trujillo extended the arbitrary detention
of the defenders of the Guapinol River by 6 more months. The defenders have already been arbitrarily imprisoned for two years. UN officials have repeatedly called these detentions arbitrary and have urged the defenders to be freed.
📰 Access to Information:
from the University of Panama gathered in Casco Viejo to protest the restricted access to information by the Ministry of the Presidency and alleged corruption within the national government.
: Groups of peaceful protestors
marched in front of Plaza Cinco de Mayo in Panama City against the possibilities of a mandatory vaccination.
Doris Zapata, Minister of Labor and Labor Development, met with businesses and laborers to discuss the reconfiguration of Panama’s minimum wage
📰 Environment: El Montuoso
Forest Reserve in the province of Herrera has been protected by law since 1977, but a new draft bill proposes to change the protected area into a hydrological reserve. It could potentially be used for ecotourism, planting of non-traditional agricultural products, and other projects.