📰 Immigrant Children
: A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the Trump administration to stop expelling immigrant children
who cross the southern border alone, halting a policy that has resulted in thousands of rapid deportations of minors during the coronavirus pandemic.
📰 Biden Administration
: Pro-migrant advocates are asking President-elect Biden to divert attention from border security and militarization to reform and reparation
📰 Pregnant While Migrant:
Pregnant undocumented women are risking their health and their infant’s health because of decreased access to healthcare
following Trump’s anti-immigrant policies.
Anti-government protests started on Nov. 18 and escalated on Nov. 21 in Guatemala City, in particular against the 2021 budget bill
which had been approved by Congress. Thousands protested
against Morales’ government and the bill which cuts funding for human rights, the judicial branch, and malnutrition while increasing personal allocations for Congress members. There were 40 arrests, 14 wounded and 3 assaulted journalists. Videos and photos of the protest and the police violence on against protestors online
. The building of Congress was set on fire
. On Monday, social pressure made Congress suspend
approval of the bill.
: After Hurricane Eta, Hurricane Iota has ravaged communities, farms , and highways in various regions of Guatemala. The National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (CONRED) reports at least 329,997 have been affected by Iota
: Gilberto Roldán, former member of the Kaibil squad, who committed the Dos Erres massacre in 1982 killing 200 people in Petén, will be tried
for crimes against humanity. // After various raids and inspections were carried out, former minister Carlos Velásquez Monge was linked to a crime of embezzlement.
📰 Garifuna Settlement Day
: Garifuna Belizeans celebrate
the 218th anniversary of their ancestors’ arrival
to the country with virtual events.
📰 Forced Labor:
The government of Costa Rica signed a U.N treaty
that requires countries to identify and rescue victims of forced labor, provide them with compensation, and punish human traffickers.
A report revealed that migrant smugglers
work in alliance with Nicaraguan soldiers and Costa Rican police officers to move Nicaraguans fleeing the political repression that broke out in their country since April 2018.
📰 Hurricane Influence:
Costa Rica’s National Emergency Commission (CNE) and National Meteorological Institute (IMN) detailed the damages and costs
provoked by Hurricane Eta and Hurricane Iota. Hurricane Eta affected 440 communities and an estimated 330,000 people in Costa Rica earlier in November, while Hurricane Iota has had less of an impact on Costa Rica compared to Eta, but the country is experiencing ongoing rainfall.
📰 Children’s Rights:
A study published by a children’s advocacy group
shows that the ongoing human rights violations resulting from Nayib Bukele’s response to the pandemic have severely impacted children’s social development. The study found that there are now more barriers or restrictions to healthcare and education.
📰 Digital Divide:
The pandemic has increased access to the internet in El Salvador, according to the Inter-American Development Bank. But it has also further exposed the digital divide
among the rich and poor. About 60% of people in Latin America and the Caribbean do not have access to the internet.
📰 Media Harassment:
The national assembly published a report
naming the officials directly responsible for social media harassment and other attacks against journalists in the country. The assembly is calling for an investigation of crimes.
📰 Business Losses
: Authorities declare an emergency in the coffee sector
due to losses after the hurricanes. Agriculture has been seriously affected, especially the western area, the Sula Valley and the Atlantic coast, where thousands of hectares of crops have been lost
. This threatens food sovereignty in the region.
📰 Foreign Aid:
The Honduran government organized a task force that will be coordinated
by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI). Yet, experts distrust the management
of international resources for reconstruction and humanitarian aid.
: Hurricane Iota leaves more than 1,200 kilometers of destroyed
roads and flooded crop areas and left 98,000
without access to drinking water. Citizen group called “Monitoreo Azul y Blanco” reports
28 deaths from Hurricane Iota.
: Ruling party FSLN will renew magistrates in the Supreme Court, electoral council and comptroller’s office.
Most of the positions in these institutions are filled by magistrates with expired terms or are vacant.
📰 Costa Rica
: Fundación Arias from Costa Rica denies that the Nicaraguan Army participates in illegal immigration networks. The Nicaraguan Army also denies these accusations
📰 Caso Pinchazos:
Former President Ricardo Martinelli will be re-tried on the Pinchazos case
. An Appeals Court has annulled the previous “not guilty” sentence due to errors in the evidence assessment stage.
: There was a 38.6% increase in COVID-19 cases
this past week. While expected given the re-opening of commercial sectors, this re-acceleration of the virus will be a challenge to authorities. Also, the first dosages of COVID-19 vaccines
could arrive in April 2021. Business unions are standing firm in economic reactivation meetings, rejecting
the possibility of another lockdown.