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Security & Strategic Review - October 2020

LEADER
Brazil’s ‘Lava Jato’ (Car Wash) investigation faces an uncertain future...
ANDEAN COUNTRIES
A historic ruling issued by Colombia’s supreme court (CSJ) on 22 September condemned the “systematic, violent, and arbitrary intervention of the Fuerza Pública in demonstrations and protests”...
Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaidó reported on 3 September that he was close to reaching a “historic agreement” with the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to tackle “drug trafficking and terrorism” in Venezuela...
Bolivia’s interim president Jeanine Áñez was forced to admit on 3 September that her government had indeed hired CLS Strategies - a US-based strategic communications firm accused of creating fake social media accounts to promote support for a number of Latin American leaders - but denied that the company had been commissioned for this purpose, and insisted that its activities did not amount to foreign interference in Bolivia’s 18 October general election...
BRAZIL & SOUTHERN CONE
Human rights defenders in uproar over the death of two minors, a bilateral spat with Argentina, a retired politician being held hostage, and questions over the guarantee of public security: an operation by the Paraguayan security forces against the Ejército del Pueblo Paraguayo (EPP) guerrilla group, initially hailed as successful, has turned into something of a nightmare for President Mario Abdo Benítez’s government...
Unlike in many other Latin American countries – Mexico being the most notorious – oil theft has never been much of a problem in Argentina...
Eleven months on from the start of mass demonstrations that were met with an aggressive police crackdown against protesters, a bill has been presented to Chile’s congress that seeks to ban the use of rubber bullets and tear gas projectiles against crowds...
MEXICO & USMCA
Footage of an apparent extrajudicial execution by Mexican soldiers in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas state, has thrown the spotlight on President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s unfulfilled promise to rein in human rights abuses by the security forces...
The financial intelligence unit (UIF) in Mexico’s finance ministry (SHCP) is trying to present a positive picture of its efforts to combat money laundering, including how it plans to advance these efforts...
The Mexican state of Oaxaca has taken the unprecedented decision to ban the sale of ‘junk food’ and sugary drinks to children...
CENTRAL AMERICA
Central America has long been notorious as a hostile environment for journalists [SSR-20-04]...
The violent eviction in August of 40 indigenous families from their homes in the village of Cubilgüitz, Alta Verapaz department, is one of various recent incidents to have reignited concerns about the violation of human rights of indigenous people in relation to land disputes...
In late August, Costa Rica’s police carried out 32 raids in different parts of the country as part of a massive operation to dismantle an illegal gold mining network...
CARIBBEAN
Covid-19 permitting, Belize will hold a general election in early November, almost exactly five years after the last general election, held on 4 November 2015, when the centre-right United Democratic Party (UDP) under Prime Minister Dean Barrow defeated the centre-left People’s United Party (PUP) by 19-12 seats in the 31-seat House of Representatives...
Michael Pompeo has become the first US Secretary of State to visit Suriname and Guyana...

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