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Naciones Unidas, Te Boté

Dear readers, Welcome back to another week of Central American news. September will be a tough month
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Naciones Unidas, Te Boté
By Central American News • Issue #8 • View online
Dear readers,
Welcome back to another week of Central American news.
September will be a tough month for Central American democracies. Nicaraguan and Guatemalan presidents abruptly ended the mandates of UN-backed agencies, causing distress for local populations and human rights groups.
The UN works on a voluntary basis - if regimes want it out, it’s out. But what does it say about the direction these countries are taking in terms of corruption, impunity and international isolation?
Not to mention possible spill-over effects in Honduras, El Salvador and Panama, which are ambivalent about getting help from UN agencies to fix deep-seated issues.
Let’s see where this goes.
Salú,
Melissa

Headlines
Guatemala:◼️ On Monday, Legislative Assembly had created committee to decide on withdrawing president immunity ◼️ On Friday, President Morales shut down CICIG, after army vehicles were deployed at its HQ ◼️ Vice-president of Legislative Assembly Felipe Alejos claims he is “politically persecuted”, flies to Washington, DC ◼️ Manuel Baldizón withdraws US asylum plea and will face criminal charges in Guatemala ◼️
Nicaragua:◼️ Last Sunday, 32 demonstrators detained in police raid ◼️ 2 Afro-descendants declared guilty of killing journalist Ángel Gahona ◼️ Alianza Cívica wants dialogue and liberation of political prisoners ◼️ Human chain demanded liberation of political prisoners, of whom 50+ are on hunger strike ◼️ Ortega expelled UN human rights investigators ◼️
El Salvador: ◼️ US White House releases statement on “reevaluating” relations with El Salvador ◼️ 400 alleged MS13 gang members, and others linked to their criminal activities, arrested in major police operation ◼️ Inter-American Court of Human Rights goes to El Mozote for the first time◼️
Honduras: ◼️ President JOH launches security plan to “free” neighborhoods from crime and pleads to renew TPS for Hondurans ◼️ Prosecutors seize documents from National and Liberal parties and property of people involved in Pandora Case ◼️ Soldiers destroy clandestine landing strip on Nicaraguan border ◼️
Panamá: ◼️ Gov’t wants regional solution for Venezuelan migrant crisis ◼️ Journalists on trial for “calumniating” ex-first lady Martinelli ◼️ 400 deadly toxic victims file millionaire lawsuit against Panama ◼️
Belize: ◼️ UNESCO removes Belize barrier reef from sites in danger of destruction ◼️ U.K. to donate $1 million for I.C.J. referendum campaign◼️
Costa Rica:◼️ 1,000 people march against xenophobia ◼️ 1000+ Uber drivers march to have their job legalized ◼️ Police “megaraid” detains 100 people, including 68 for migration issues ◼️
Migration/Refugees: 22 Central and South American migrants held hostage rescued in Chiapas, Mexico ◼️ Mexican President-elect and Guatemalan President Morales to cooperate to stem migration from “its root causes” ◼️ President Ortega wants Costa Rica to give him “list of people seeking asylum,” Costa Rica refuses ◼️
A Moment in Time
Guatemala. 31-8-2018 - Hector Silva Avalos
Guatemala. 31-8-2018 - Hector Silva Avalos
Good reads
📰 Maya Averbuch and Encarni Pindado tell the stories of Central American refugees with a good mix of politics and humanity, for Great Escape.
📰 Jimmy McDonough has a five recommendations for the US government on how to relate with El Salvador - and it doesn’t include policing El Salvador’s diplomatic decision to embrace China. On Global Americans.
🎓 Brookings Institute offers the clearest introduction to CICIG (published September 2017).
For eyes and ears
🎥 El Faro made a short documentary on photojournalist and rescue team member Nilton García who fled El Salvador. It shines a light on the talent the country is losing and how media organizations are failing to protect journalists.
Fact
One of out four Latin Americans self-identify as Afro-descendant and they have 2.5 more chances of living in poverty than whites or mestizos, according to recent World Bank report presented in Costa Rica.
Photo of the Week
August 31 was Costa Rica's day of the Black Person and Afro-Costa Rican Culture. Valeria Regazzoli took this photo of Costa Rican Vice-President Epsy Campbell Barr in August. She is the first Afro-Costa Rican to hold this position.
August 31 was Costa Rica's day of the Black Person and Afro-Costa Rican Culture. Valeria Regazzoli took this photo of Costa Rican Vice-President Epsy Campbell Barr in August. She is the first Afro-Costa Rican to hold this position.
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