📰 Irwin County Detention Center:
More women detained at Georgia’s Irwin County Detention Center have come forward
with allegations of medical abuse and non-consensual procedures.
📰 Asylum Seekers:
Asylum seekers at the US-Mexico border await a US Supreme Court decision
, hoping it will overturn the “Remain in Mexico” program. // Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials tortured asylum seekers
in Mississippi detention to make them sign their own removal orders.
📰 Family Separations:
Lawyers are having difficulty locating the parents of the 545 migrant children
who were separated by U.S. officials at the southern border. Pope Francis calls the Trump administration’s family separation policy “cruelty of the highest form
.” White House officials claim that migrant children have not been reunited with their parents because parents do not want their children back
: The four progressive congresswomen nicknamed “The Squad” have called for a United Nations investigation
into the human rights abuses committed by the Department of Homeland Security regarding migrants.
: PUP has launched their manifesto
of political plans, called PlanBelize
, which outlines their campaign promises from indigenous peoples’ rights to healthcare.
The homicide rate has been steadily increasing
in the past four months, reaching 5.1 homicides per day in the first 22 days of October.
Gang members would have been blocking
the access of Uber drivers in 10 neighborhoods.
Bukele (as well as Trump, Bolsonaro and AMLO) was pinned
at the Inter-American Press Society for “practices of disqualification and stigmatization against journalists and media, often inciting violence” and for “use of troll
Minister of Finance had resigned
in July as he was pressured to pursue Bukele’s opponents, reveals El Faro. // Lawmakers are in favor
of punishing with prison those who decide on putting military barriers (in the context of COVID-19 spread) without the consent of mayors.
Pneumonia deaths rise
by 44.2% in El Salvador in 2020
📰 El Mozote:
Judge of El Mozote case gives President Bukele five days
to deliver military documents
Costa Rica’s Minister of Tourism Gustavo Segura announced that the country will be dropping some of its COVID-19 testing requirements
and will be reopening its borders to all international travelers beginning on November 1.
📰 Multisectorial Dialogue:
On Friday, President Alvarado held a dialogue with representatives from different sectors and organizations in Costa Rica with the aim of finding solutions
to the health, economic and social crises facing the country.
📰 Fishing Bill:
Costa Rican Congress approved
last Thursday a controversial bill that reactivates trawling, a fishing practice which uses a wide net. Environmentalists criticize its high potential for environmental damage. President Alvarado still must determine whether to veto the initiative or sign it into law.
Former communications minister José Luis Benito Ruiz has a warrant for his arrest for money laundering
, after authorities found about $16 million in various currencies last week in a house in Antigua.
The current government’s economic plans will result in a large public debt
that has not occurred in decades due to the substantial increase in public spending and investments.
📰 October 20th Demonstration:
Many people, including indigenous people and activists, gathered on the 76th anniversary of the 1944 revolution to protest Congress’s delay to elect judges to renew
the Supreme Court which has been more than a year at this point.
📰 Health staff:
The staff at the temporary hospital Parque de la Industria have not received their salaries
since July 24. They have met all the procedures required by the Ministry of Health in this situation, but they blame Vice Minister Pezzarossi for the delay.
📰 Feriado Morazanico
: The Feriado Morazanico, which consists of a 3-day holiday
, will take place from November 4th to the 7th. Many tourist companies have opened for business. Dr. Umaña predicted this holiday weekend will be the final trigger to reach the highest peak of the COVID-19
wave in Honduras.
📰 Reggaeton artist & COVID-19:
Government authorities named a new Commissioner
to lead the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in Honduras.. This nomination has received a lot of backlash given that the new Commissioner used to be a reggaeton artist
- many say he lacks the professional capabilities to carry out his duties.
: The Workers’ Union of Strechline, a maquiladora
company, protested to demand
the reinstatement of 117 workers who were suspended due to the pandemic.
📰 Human Rights
: The broadcast of the hearing to examine the proceedings against David Castillo, one of the alleged masterminds of Berta Caceres’ murder, could not be accessed remotely
, limiting the transparency of the judicial process and right to truth.
📰 Cybercrimes Law
: The dubbed “Gag Law”
is moving through the National Assembly. It will extend censorship & surveillance as internet providers will be required to “record” user data.
The Organization of American States (OAS) have set May 2021 as the deadline for the Government of Ortega to implement the electoral reforms
necessary to guarantee free, fair and transparent for the presidential November elections that year. The US declared that it will not recognize an Ortega’s government in 2021 if reforms are not approved
: The Ministry of Health is hiding 98%
of COVID-19 deaths, according to an analysis of excess deaths registered in 2020.
📰 Illegal Beef
: 90% of Nicaraguan beef exports go to the US and it also its third biggest supplier of frozen meat, but reports have found that meat comes from protected indigenous
lands which are being invaded by loggers. These “settlers” exercise violence and deforestation and produce meat that is exported to the United States. These ranchers deny
that they are producing meat in indigenous forests and reserves.
📰 Human Rights:
The Ministry of the Family, Adolescents and Children closed two residential centers for adolescent mothers
and transferred adolescents and their children to an unknown destination.
📰 Guna Texts
: The Ministry of Education began the distribution of first and second grade educational texts for four subjects in the Guna tongue, Dulegaya. This is a step in guaranteeing inclusive and equal education
📰 Protection of the Media
: The Inter-American Press Association’s (SIP) Panama Chapter noted that there has been an increase in judicial actions
against the press, journalists, and others in the field. The SIP’s recent resolution
on Panama calls for authorities to legally forbid the seizure of assets owned by any kind of journalistic and media company.
📰 Panamá Solidario
: President Laurentino Cortizo announced that Panamanian citizens being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic will still benefit from the Panamá Solidario Plan until June 2021
. The Cabinet Council recently approved USD 255 million for the plan.