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LatinNews Daily - 13 January 2021

Main Briefing
On 12 January, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) concluded that Peru’s police had used “unnecessary and excessive” force against protesters in November 2020 and called for urgent action to be taken in response to these human rights violations...
Andean
* The de facto Venezuelan government led by Nicolás Maduro has confirmed that state revenue totalled just US$743m in 2020, down by 98.6% compared with 2013, when revenue totalled US$56.6bn...
Brazil
On 12 January, the Brazilian association of vegetable oil industries (Abiove) rebutted comments made that day by France’s President Emmanuel Macron, who had said that “to continue to depend on Brazilian soya is to endorse deforestation in the Amazon”.   ..
* Brazil’s national statistics institute (Ibge) has released the latest figures for the consumer price index (IPCA), according to which monthly inflation totalled 1.35% in December 2020, bringing annual inflation to 4.52%...
Central America & Caribbean
On 12 January the Caribbean Community (Caricom) issued a statement expressing deep disappointment and concern at a recent decree and subsequent statements by Venezuela with respect to its border controversy with Guyana...
* Guatemala’s presidential planning secretariat (Segeplan) has put the cost of damage, losses and additional costs caused by the recent hurricanes 'Eta' and 'Iota' at Q6.0bn (US$770m)...
Mexico
On 12 January Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador accused the president of the national electoral institute (INE), Lorenzo Córdova, of seeking to silence him...
* Mexico’s social security institute (IMSS) has released new figures which show that the number of formal jobs in Mexico fell 3.2% in 2020, compared with 2019...
Southern Cone
On 12 January, the Argentine government announced the lifting of all restrictions it had imposed on the export of maize...
* Chile’s central bank (BCCh) has released its January survey of economic expectations (EEE), according to which GDP is forecast to grow 5% in 2021...

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