: Taiwan lends US$130 million to the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI) to finance small and medium businesses
affected by COVID-19 in Central America.
📰 Indigenous Communities
: Indigenous communities are being hit the hardest
by COVID-19 due to not being able to travel for work and not having internet access to apply for federal assistance, among other reasons.
📰 Use of masks:
The Health Ministry announced that starting on September 9, wearing only a “face shield” is no longer going to be sufficient
in spaces where face masks are required.
📰 Anti-COVID-19 protests:
Dozens of people marched in San José towards the presidential palace to protest
against the health measures made by President Carlos Alvarado in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tourism Minister Gustavo Segura announced that Costa Rica will be accepting tourists from more states from the U.S.
starting on September 1st.
📰 Breaking Barriers:
Alejandra Menjívar, a transwoman, is running for office
in the Central American parliament. Menjívar began her work
for social change in 2008 as an advocate for LGBTQ+ people. She has been Secretary of Sexual Diversity for the left-wing FMLN party since January of this year.
The Attorney General’s office registered 824 missing people
in the first half of 2020. That is lower than the registered number of missing people during the same period in 2019. An average of 4 to 5 Salvadorans go missing each day.
📰 One out of Seven:
The guild of medical professionals reports that more than 100 healthcare workers, including 53 doctors, have died from COVID-19
in the country. One out of seven reported deaths from the virus in El Salvador are medical professionals.
📰 El Mozote:
A judge for the investigative court of San Francisco Gotera issued a measure to protect the archives
that documented military communications involving El Mozote massacre, called one of the most atrocious crimes in the country’s past.
📰 Indigenous Territories:
Three indigenous communities have recovered ownership of their ancestral lands this past year, but other communities are still fighting
obstacles such as narcotrafficking, hydroelectric projects, and racism for the right to their land.
📰 Laguna Larga:
The 111 families that were evicted from their homes and settled on the border between Guatemala and Mexico are surviving during the pandemic thanks to a Mexican paramedic Elmer “El Gringo” Córdova
while still waiting for humanitarian relief and assistance from Giammattei’s administration.
Fugitive and former Minister of Infrastructure, Housing and Communications, Alejandro Sinibaldi, turned himself in
on August 24. He worked under President Molina and is allegedly connected to major corruption cases. He will be facing charges of money laundering and bribery.
📰 Human Rights Defenders:
An open letter was sent to President Giammattei demanding that the State of Guatemala create a protection policy for human rights defenders
which had been ordered six years ago by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.
📰 Berta Cáceres Case:
David Castillo, one of the alleged masterminds of Berta Cáceres’ murder, will have an oral and public trial
by order of the Court of First Instance. Berta’s family and human rights organizations celebrate
this step towards justice, truth, and reparation.
: In five months of the pandemic, more than 40 doctors and 26 nurses have died
. Meanwhile, the figures pertaining to COVID-19 given by the State do not reflect the reality on the ground, denounced Doctor Suyapa Figueroa.
📰 Labor Violations:
More than 42 sweatshops companies
in northern Honduras are laying off workers who are pregnant or have a medical condition, the coordinator of the Honduran Women’s Collective Codemuh denounced.
📰 “Development” Zones:
After the installation of the first Zone for Employment and Development (ZEDE) in Roatán
by a U.S. development group in coordination with the Honduran government, citizens face a lot of uncertainty due to the lack of consultation at the local and national level. There has been no referendum to approve the project, and the right of the people to know the socioeconomic and environmental consequences has been violated.
📰 Migrants and exiles:
Three out of four Nicaraguan refugees in Costa Rica are hungry
, eating only once or at most twice a day, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). // “Face of the rebellion” and activist Valeska Alemán, twice a political prisoner in Nicaragua, was deported
from the United States. The US State Department “supports” the fight for democracy in Nicaragua but U.S. Customs deports Nicaraguan activists. // Eleazar Blandón’s body is repatriated from Spain, where he had died due to harsh working conditions on a farm. Her sister, Ana Blandon, will remain in Spain to seek justice
. // 97 Haitians migrating to the United States are waiting to enter Nicaragua
, despite the restrictions to enter Nicaragua.
: At least 18 political prisoners
are ill with coronavirus symptoms. // The Russian ambassador declared that Russia considers it “possible
” to produce COVID-19 cure in Nicaragua’s laboratories.
Nicaragua is the most complex country to do business
in Central America.
📰 Stranded Nicaraguans
: Approximately 300 Nicaraguans who are stranded in Panama
due to the COVID-19 pandemic could miss their repatriation trip if the rains do not stop. They must cross the Costa Rican territory within the 72 hour window to present the negative COVID-19 test that Nicaragua requires for their entry. Nicaragua’s government demands such negative test but is not supporting or helping citizens obtain this test.
: A criminal complaint was filed against Mauricio Valenzuela
, political activist and director of media outlet Foco Panama
, by political official Roberto Gómez Posso from the PRD party. Valenzuela allegedly hurt Posso and stole his identification documents after exiting a restaurant bar. If punished, Valenzuela could face a prison sentence
of seven to twelve years for robbery and another four to six years for personal injury.
📰 Cuban Doctors:
Plans by the Cortizo Administration to hire Cuban specialist doctors
to support intensive care units in Panama were halted after receiving a visit from national security officials from the United States, a key commercial partner, and national health unions.
📰 Trump’s views
: Former Department of Homeland Security official Miles Taylor recounts how Trump devised schemes
to hurt migrants entering the U.S.; he would have even suggested a heat ray
to deter them. // Taylor said that Trump offered presidential pardons to DHS officials
who carried out illegal policies at the border. // President Donald Trump announced he is nominating Chad Wolf
to lead the Department of Homeland Security.