📰 Migrant Children:
200 children were deported to Mexico
over the past eight months rather than their home countries. The Mexican government claims it has no record
of unaccompanied child migrants sent to Mexico by the U.S. government. // A thirteen year old Honduran boy and his infant brother were caught crossing the border with other unaccompanied children as child migration continues
throughout the pandemic.
: The Department of Homeland Security allegedly buys cell phone data
to track migrants who cross the border, raising concerns over surveillance in the U.S.
📰 Land Rights
: The Maya Leaders Alliance spoke
against surveyors putting survey lines that cut through crop fields on indigenous land without permission.
The government of Costa Rica announced the goal of planting 200,000 trees
in the northern zone of the country under the name “Trace of the Future”.
📰 Trawling bill:
President Alvarado vetoed the trawling bill
due to lack of “scientific elements and technical studies that support the sustainability of shrimp fishing with this technique.”
Tourists will be able to offset their carbon footprint in an effort to support sustainable tourism
with the planting of trees, protection of river basins, natural regeneration, and agroforestry farming systems.
📰 Murdered Jesuits:
After the recent 133-year sentence against the former Minister of Security Inocente Montano in Spain, the Criminal Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice decided not to reopen the case in El Salvador and ordered to close the cases
of six Jesuits who were murdered in 1989.
📰 Human Rights:
A report from the Observatory of Human Rights at the University of Central America says that excessive human rights violations occurred
in contagion centers that were intended to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
📰DHS in Guatemala:
U.S. Democratic lawmakers signed a letter requesting the Trump administration to provide a full report
of when DHS agents transported Honduran migrants back to the Guatemala-Honduras border.
📰 Felipe Alejos:
The United States officially banned
first secretary of the Guatemalan Congress, Felipe Alejos and his family from entering the U.S. due to his involvement in corruption. Alejos is accused of charging illegal commissions to process tax credits for companies.
📰 Press Freedom:
Journalist Anastasia Mejia was released from prison after 36 days
thanks to the collaboration of community members who helped pay a Q20K bond (2566 USD). //The Public Prosecutor’s Office for Crimes against Journalists, in coordination with the National Civil Police, captured the two agents accused of abuse of authority during the apprehension of Figueroa Alvarado. They are now being sued.
: The Special Prosecutor’s Unit Against Corruption Networks presented a request for a pre-trial against Nasry “Tito” Asfura, a pre-candidate for the presidency and current mayor of Tegucigalpa, for the crime of using public funds
for his political campaign in 2014.
October 27 is the Day of the Honduran Physician. Health authorities expressed that this day is one of mourning, given that over 48 doctors have died
directly from COVID-19.
📰 Human Rights:
David Castillo, alleged mastermind of Berta Caceres’ murder, will appear in court
on November 9. // Four women human rights defenders
have been killed this year in Honduras. // Several U.S. Congresspeople sent a letter to Secretary Pompeo regarding their concern
over the Honduran government’s treatment of the Guapinol defenders.
📰 Drug trafficking
: A recent string of drug seizures linked to Nicaragua suggests smugglers are moving cocaine through the country, despite official rhetoric
that it is not a transit hub.
: 13,000 jobs lost in sweatshops between January and July 2020, according to a new Central Bank report
: The Economist Economic Unit predicts 2021 elections will not be fair, and that Daniel Ortega (or its successor) will remain in power
📰 Inequality Ranking
: Panama ranks 108 out of 158 in the 2020 Commitment to Reducing Inequality (CRI) Index. The report has indicated that Panama is one of the most unequal countries
in the world.
📰 Metro de Panamá
: The contract for Line 3
of the Panamanian metro has been signed with the Korean HPJ Joint Venture Consortium. It will cross under the Canal of Panama.
📰 Guna Prohibition of Masks
: The General Congress of Guna Culture emitted a communiqué indicating that residents and visitors of the Comarca will be forbidden from using masks
despite its required use from health authorities. The Guna’s other General Congress must approve the validity of this new measure.
Footballer Abdiel Arroyo was a victim of a racist act during a recent game of his team, Maccabi Petah Tikva, in Israel. Commentator Shlomo Sharaf said that Arroyo should go back to Panama to “eat bananas”
after missing a shot on goal. The Israeli Ambassador in Panama indicated that Sharaf will be forbidden from entering the team’s games, his news channel will be contacted, and has indicated the possibility of filing a lawsuit