: The acting secretary of National Security of the United States, Chad Wolf, will travel to Panama
and then to El Salvador to “discuss broader security issues impacting the region” and “future areas of cooperation”.
📰 Space Satellite
: The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency will send the Morazán project, the third Central American satellite,
made in Honduras, into space. This satellite has support from universities in Honduras and Costa Rica.
: More than 300 people left
in a “caravan” towards the United States seeking for better opportunities after many lost everything in the hurricanes. The Honduran police stopped
the caravan from continuing in the Aguas Calientes border.
: Migrant teens in U.S. custody claim that they are being heavily drugged
without their consent in detention. // According to a new report
from the Detention Watch Network, Immigrant and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials’ mismanagement of COVID-19 led to its spread in and around detention facilities
and added nearly a quarter million cases in the U.S.
📰 ICJ Referendum
: Guatemala has filed
its Memorial to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) regarding its historic territory dispute with Belize. With both countries’ statements presented, the ICJ will now begin its process of reviewing the case.
📰 Economic Effects of COVID-19
: The government has approved the distribution of over $900,000 in COVID-19 relief
for Belize’s most disadvantaged citizens. Nearly 65,000 Belizeans are out of work
due to coronavirus and other factors. Part of the Briceño administration’s 100-day plan will be to provide loans to farmers
who have suffered significant losses due to the pandemic.
📰 Planting Trees Campaign:
Costa Rica announced the start of a fundraising campaign titled “Huella del Futuro” (Footprint of the Future) where the country’s goal is to plant 200,000 trees
in nine northern cantons by September 2021.
📰 Carbon Neutrality:
The government of Costa Rica announced a new climate commitment
to reduce emission rates at the UN. The country aspires to seek carbon neutrality 35 years earlier, in 2050, than initially proposed, in 2085.
📰 Minister Resigns:
The Minister of the Status of Women, Patricia Mora, presented her resignation
from office, where it was noted that she was concerned and not in favor of how the Costa Rican presidency handled the multi-sectorial dialogue meant to address the country’s economic crisis and negotiation with the International Monetary Fund.
📰 El Mozote:
Survivors and advocates for the victims of the massacre at El Mozote gathered to honor those killed
on the incident’s 39th anniversary. Safety protocols due to COVID-19 were followed. Advocates have been calling for a public apology from
the government, but President Nayib Bukele has accused survivors and advocates of being a front for the FMLN.
Human rights defenders say the Bukele administration is harassing
and arresting farmers in Chalatenango, accusing them of drug trafficking in order to repress local municipalities that are administered by FMLN mayors.
📰 Attorney’s Responsibility:
Activists in the Salvadoran diaspora are asking the attorney general’s office
if he is acting in the best interest of the people as he leads various corruption investigations.
📰 #12D Protests
: Protests continue in Guatemala City on the Plaza de la Constitución. Protests are being led primarily by feminist and indigenous groups who are calling for a deeper change in the country’s system
: Edwin Asturias resigned
as the head of the Presidential Commission for Attention to the COVID-19 Emergency, which directly reports to President Giammattei. His resignation comes as Guatemala is facing 126,000 reported cases.
📰 Hurricane Aftermath
: Children are being sexually abused in shelters
according to a children’s rights organization. // The Ramón Villeda Morales airport
in San Pedro Sula, which got inundated due to the hurricanes, should be running in the coming days. // The UN World Food Program (WFP) distributed food assistance to 345,000 people
who are in a vulnerable condition due to the pandemic and hurricanes Eta and Iota.
📰 Climate Change:
At the 2020 Climate Ambition Summit, the Honduran President
asked the nations of the world to give Honduras access to the Green Climate Fund, after the devastating passage of hurricanes Eta and Iota. Yet, Honduran environmental defenders
state that the government has never cared for environmental issues and that it’s another excuse for corruption.
: Only 20% of Nicaraguans will have a vaccine
against COVID-19 under the coverage of the WHO’s COVAX
program, as it focuses on healthcare workers. The government will have to acquire additional doses to cover the rest of the population.
📰 Human Trafficking
: The Spanish National Police dismantled
a network of labor exploitation of Nicaraguan women in Seville during an operation that left at least five people in detention.
📰 Multimillion Dollar Loan:
The World Bank approved a $300 million loan
for Panama. The funds will be destined for priority policy actions in education, competitiveness, job creation, farming regulation and expansion of the use of generic drugs.
: Arturo Fabrega, the Panamanian Ambassador in India is being investigated
for alleged irregularities concerning passports.
: Panama has seen a mass exodus
of foreigners given the severe economic crisis caused by the pandemic. More than 20,000 foreigners have left the country in 2020 for economic reasons.