📰 Unauthorized Operation:
U.S. border agents in Guatemala were deployed to detain Honduran migrants
going to the U.S. border and deported them to Honduras in an unauthorized operation in January. Government funds were misused and agreements with the State Department were violated when unmarked vans transported the migrants
to Honduras without screening them for asylum claims. The Guatemalan government says it will conduct a review of the report produced by the U.S. Senate committee.
Private prison corporation GEO Group lost a lawsuit
in which a federal judge upheld a California law
that banned private prisons in the state. // Los Angeles County agreed to pay millions
to settle a lawsuit after the Sheriff’s Department allegedly held people in jail beyond their release dates due to ICE requests.
After weeks of protests, which have turned violent at times, the Government of Costa Rica filed a criminal lawsuit
against the organizers of the protests, including former deputy and presidential candidate José Miguel Corrales and former deputy Célimo Guido. The day after, these leaders temporarily suspended
road blockades. After President Alvarado suspended talks with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on October 4, protests have continued to make him sign a document in which he commits not to go to the IMF, not to raise taxes and not to sell assets
Poor population has increased by 5.2% in a year (21% in 2019 to 26.2% in 2020
), making it the highest figure that has been recorded since 1992, according to a national survey conducted by the National Institute of Statistics and Censuses (INEC). 83.888 families have fallen into poverty in a year.
The Ministry of Culture and Youth opposes a motion
that would cut budget for culture in 2021. Ministerial offices, theaters, museums, etc. could be affected.
📰 Methanol Poisoning:
The Ministry of Health has reported that the number of suspected deaths
of methanol poisoning (from drinking adulterated liquor) has increased from 7 to 20 these past few days.
📰 El Mozote:
A judge ruled to allow the inspection of files
related to the 1981 massacre at El Mozote that have already been made public. A lawyer for the victims said the information may be useful, but not as valuable as the secret military files that have been blocked by the army. Two cases to inspect those files are pending.
📰 Sicarios Arrested:
The attorney general’s office announced the arrest of five hitmen
, including one police officer, who officials say were involved in a massacre in 2018 with an unspecified number of victims.
📰 Increased Production:
INTRADECO, a Salvadoran company, says it has increased production
during the pandemic and hired 300 workers. The workers produce sanitary textile materials used in U.S. hospitals.
📰 Female Empowerment:
The advocacy organization Acción Ciudadana released a study
showing that political parties in El Salvador don’t have a strong plan to advance female candidates in either assembly or municipal elections.
: Consuelo Porras, the Attorney General and head of the Public Ministry, gave the green light to open investigations
against Juan Francisco Sandoval, “the public prosecutor that has headed Guatemala’s most important graft investigations of the last decade,” according to Insight Crime. “The move is the latest attack on his unit, which has pursued corruption cases against the country’s business and political elites.” A few days later, Prosecutor Sandoval indicated that his office (FECI) seized
Q122.3 million that would be the product of illicit commissions linked to a former public official.
: The Public Ministry and the Ministry of the Interior reported that the registration of kidnappings decreased in the last decade and that 2020 has seen 20% fewer reports than in 2019. However, the drop in reports can be due
to confinement measures.
📰 Environmental Defenders:
Arnold Morazán Erazo, an environmental defender of the Guapinol community was murdered in Honduras
. Morazán Erazo had actively opposed a mining project installed by the company Inversiones Los Pinares, which had legally criminalized him
and 31 other defenders who opposed the project.
📰 Political Campaigning:
Political campaigns have started
in Honduras, where the largest political parties are holding meetings in open spaces with more than fifty attendees, ignoring health and biosecurity protocols. Many pre-candidates have also been accused of corruption. The primary elections are to be held on March 16, 2021, in which presidential candidates will be chosen for the November 2021 elections.
Health authorities declared a dengue epidemic
in Olancho and El Paraiso, while other departments in the country are on alert. To date, there are 21.040 cases of dengue.
: Unemployment rates in Nicaragua falls back to 2014 figures
, reveals a report from the Central Bank. This is the first report of the bank after more than a year of not publishing data.
📰 “Foreign Agents” Law
: The National Assembly approved “foreign agents” law
, which mandates all citizens that work for or receive funds from foreign donors or companies be registered as foreign agents. They cannot run for public offices or be involved in “topics of internal and external politics” of the country.
📰 Campaigns at OAS:
Groups are campaigning
so OAS members apply sanctions against Ortega’s government at next meeting, October 20 and 21.
📰 Universal Health, COVID-19:
The National Assembly approved to unify the services of the Ministry of Health and the Panamanian Social Security Fund (CSS) in order to help ensure that all Panamanians, especially those living in areas of difficult access and low or no economic resources, can have access to health services and medicines, but CSS board member requested President Laurentino Cortizo to veto this project
📰 Travel and COVID-19: Over 27,000 passengers
have transited at the Tocumen International Airport since its re-opening on 12 October. Airport officials have identified at least 18 COVID-19 positive travelers. Airport officials will not allow more than
six hours of transit due to the state of national emergency.
📰 Attracting Investors:
The government has launched a residency program
for high net worth investors. The goal is to boost construction and real-estate sectors.
📰 Breast Cancer:
The government reduces the budget
of the National Oncological Institute amidst breast cancer prevention and awareness campaigns. A budget cut of USD 21 million has raised concern
among patients and family members.