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LatinNews Daily - 12 April 2019

Main Briefing
On 11 April, the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial execution at the Office of the United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Agnes Callamard, warned that by expelling the Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange, from its embassy in the United Kingdom the Ecuadorean government has exposed Assange to potential human rights violations...
Andean
* Peru’s national statistics institute (INEI) has released new figures which show that monetary poverty fell by 1.2 percentage points (equivalent to 313,000 people) in 2018, from 21.7% in 2017 to 20.5% in 2018...
Brazil
On 11 April, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro took part in a ceremony with cabinet ministers to mark the government’s first 100 days, during which it claims to have met all 35 goals it had set itself...
* Terra Forte, one of Brazil’s largest coffee exporters, has filed for bankruptcy protection, to try and restructure its debt of R$1.1bn (US$288m)...
Central America & Caribbean
On 11 April the presidents of El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua (Salvador Sánchez Cerén, Juan Orlando Hernández, and Daniel Ortega respectively) launched the master plan for the Gulf of Fonseca, a Pacific coast area jointly administered by the three countries...
* According to a press release by the Honduran presidency, Honduras and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have begun negotiations for a new economic agreement...
Mexico
On 11 April, Mexico’s 500-member federal chamber of deputies approved a new labour reform proposed by the government led by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador...
* According to Mexico’s national statistics institute (Inegi), a total of 3.38m international tourists entered the country in February 2019, spending a total US$2bn...
Southern Cone
On 11 April, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Christine Lagarde, expressed her conviction that it would be “foolish” for Argentina to abandon its economic reform programme just as “we are now beginning to see [it] actually work”...
* According to a report by international credit ratings agency, Moody's Investors Service, Uruguay’s next administration, which is due to take office on 1 March 2020, will inherit a complicated economic situation...

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