: More than 185 laboratories have been authorized
for COVID-19 tests in Central America. Nicaragua is the only country that has centralized its testing into one public laboratory.
: El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua may receive donations of vaccines against COVID-19
as part of a program of the World Health Organization.
Judge orders restoration of DACA
, opening immigration program to new applicants for first time since 2017
📰 Family reunification:
Lawyers say Trump administration has handed over new data that will help reunite
separated migrant families
📰 Trump legacy:
Trump administration staffers continue to work
to pass anti-immigration policy in the U.S. // ICE investigators issued a subpoena
demanding BuzzFeed News identify its sources.
📰 ICJ Referendum
: The deadline for Guatemala to file its case
against Belize is due next week
to the International Court of Justice. Guatemala claims that almost half of Belize is rightfully Guatemala’s territory and should be annexed to their country.
📰 Suing Prime Minister Briceño
: The director of tourism has filed a defamation lawsuit
against Prime Minister Brieceño for comments he made to a radio show. Former Prime Minster Barrow is serving as the director’s attorney in the case.
📰 Happy Birthday Andy
: The son of the late great Garifuna Belizean musician, Andy Palacio, commemorated what would be his father’s 60th birthday
📰 Army Abolishment Anniversary:
The government of Costa Rica celebrated the 72nd anniversary of the abolition of its army by inaugurating the José Figueres Ferrer museum
in the name of former President José Figueres abolished the Costa Rican army on December 1, 1948.
📰 Proposed Biometric Database:
The legislative assembly of Costa Rica proposed a bill featuring a biometric database where inhabitants of Costa Rica would be tracked through facial recognition
and other biometric data.
📰 Media Repression:
Media and Salvadoran State representatives held a discussion
before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on media repression. Following the meeting, Bukele’s press secretary criticized the president
of the journalists’ union for approaching international organizations to denounce attacks against the union. The Salvadoran State has been internationally criticized for its violations of the rights to freedom of expression and of the press.
📰 Fiscal Police:
Attorney General Raúl Melara proposed to the assembly
to create a police force independent of El Salvador’s national police to counter the president’s alleged use of the entity for political persecution.
📰 Arriaza Chicas Trial:
A special commission agreed to remove legal immunity
from the director of police, Mauricio Arriaza Chicas, for a breach of duties in his refusal to act on government officials’ reported use of state funds to profit from the pandemic. The commission’s vote must still be approved by the assembly.
📰 #5D Protests
: Anti-governmental demonstrations continued on December 5th (#5D
). Calls for President Giammattei’s resignation remain but many are now calling for a constitutional assembly
to fight the government’s corruption.
: President Giammattei and Vice President Guillermo Castillo addressed the nation together to send a message of national unity
after a year of mutual reproaches between the two. Neither party elaborated on the matter, however, there is speculation that the disintegration of the Government Center, which Castillo never supported, might be the cause of the reconciliation.
📰 Armed Conflict Files
: Representatives of the victims of the Internal Armed Conflict gathered in front of the National Compensation Program (PNR) to demand the location of the reparation files of thousands of victims
after the PNR personnel moved the files without prior notice. This is after the closure of official peace institutions that were created to provide justice to the victims.
📰 Hurricane aftermath:
President Juan Orlando Hernandez traveled to the United States
to meet with representatives from multilateral organizations such as the World Bank and the United States government. Honduras asked the US to extend TPS
for current holders and to give Hondurans the ability to apply to a new TPS program. Nine villages
in La Lima are uninhabitable and more than 8,000 homes
were destroyed or damaged in the Department of Santa Barbara. Also, doctors warn of the outbreak of cases of leptospirosis
, a bacterial disease product of stagnant waters.
📰 Drug Traffic:
The United States could begin sharing sensitive intelligence with Honduras about inbound flights carrying drugs
, even as Honduras faces scrutiny from Washington over drug-related corruption.
📰 Human Rights
: The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
reports that 1,614 people have been deprived of liberty
in the context of the human rights crisis since 2018, including 200 minors
, who “have been victims of irregularities in the procedures for their release, acts of mistreatment and possible acts of torture.” These arrests, mistreatment, and torture persist in the regime’s prisons
President Cortizo passed a law
for progressive replacement of single-use plastic as of 2021.
📰 Drug Traffic:
Panamanian authorities seized
more than 5.5 tons of drugs and apprehended 13 foreigners in five operations along the country’s Caribbean and Pacific coasts.
📰 Women’s Lives:
A new Femicide Observatory
seeks, based on official data, to raise awareness of the problem of femicide and violence against women.
Alejandro Ferrer and Federico Alfaro resigned
as Minister and Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs. Erika Mouynes and Dayra Carrizo
to replace them.