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LatinNews Daily - 07 May 2021

Main Briefing
On 6 May, the Defensoria Pública (public ombudsman’s office) in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro state strongly condemned a police operation carried out in the Jacarezinho favela that same day, leaving at least 25 dead...
Andean
On 6 May, nine human rights groups called on Colombia’s supreme court (CSJ) to enforce a 2020 ruling that guaranteed the right to protest, calling the violent police response to protests against the government’s proposed tax reform “a systematic, massive, and flagrant violation of the court order"...
* Peru’s unicameral national congress has approved a bill allowing individuals affiliated with the privately managed pension fund system (AFP) to make a further withdrawal from their private pension pots, despite opposition from President Francisco Sagasti...
Brazil
* Brazil’s foreign ministry (Itaramaty) and agriculture ministry (Mapa) have released a joint note expressing the Brazilian government’s “surprise and consternation” at the decision by Saudi Arabia to suspend its imports from 11 poultry meat plants in Brazil...
Central America & Caribbean
On 6 May the Organization of American States (OAS) issued a statement expressing “extreme concern” at the recent approval of electoral reforms and election of the supreme electoral council (CSE) by Nicaragua’s legislature...
* The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said that it reached a staff-level agreement with Honduras on the conclusion of the fourth review under their economic reform programme supported by the Stand-By Arrangement (SBA) and Stand-by Credit Facility (SCF) and proposed to increase access under the SBA/SCF by US$215m to about US$769m...
Mexico
On 6 May the right-wing Partido Acción Nacional (PAN), Mexico’s main opposition party, formally asked the federal attorney general’s office (FGR) to request the lifting of the immunity from prosecution of Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard, Mexico City (CDMX) Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum, and Federal Deputy Mario Delgado, so that their suspected responsibility for the collapse of an elevated section of the CDMX metro railway line can investigated...
* The private sector lobby International Chamber of Commerce México (ICC México) has issued a statement raising concerns about the Mexican government’s recent reform of the hydrocarbons law...
Southern Cone
On 6 May Chile’s lower chamber of congress approved a bill establishing a new progressive royalty on copper and lithium sales...
* Paraguay’s ministry for trade & industry (MICI) and the US State Department have announced that the two countries are working together with Taiwan to identify private sector opportunities that will strengthen the renewable energy and electric vehicles sector in Paraguay...

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