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LatinNews Daily - 13 May 2021

Main Briefing
On 12 May Mexico’s foreign ministry (SRE) reported that it has formally denounced the apparent violation of the rights of Mexican workers in the US to the US government...
Andean
On 12 May another national strike was held in Colombia, after a meeting between the government and protest organisers failed to produce an agreement...
* Peru’s economy & finance minister, Waldo Mendoza, has announced that the government will appeal at the constitutional court (TC) two bills approved by congress which it considers to be illegal, saying that these would create “unpayable costs” for the government...
Brazil
On 12 May, over 60 NGOs and civil society organisations in Brazil delivered a letter to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), raising concerns over the government led by President Jair Bolsonaro’s human rights, social, and environmental agenda...
* Brazil’s national statistics institute (Ibge) has released its latest figures on the services sector, which show that the volume of services shrank 4% in March compared with February...
Central America & Caribbean
On 12 May Nicaragua’s two main opposition coalitions failed to strike a unity alliance to challenge President Daniel Ortega and the ruling left-wing Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional (FSLN) party in the general election on 7 November...
* The Dominican Republic (DR) has signed an agreement with the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) which gives it access to US$25m in payments for verified carbon emissions reductions between now and 2025...
Mexico
* Mexico’s national statistics institute (Inegi) has released the latest figures for its monthly indicator of industrial activity (Imai), according to which industrial activity expanded 0.7% in March compared with February, and 1.7% year-on-year compared with March 2020, when the onset of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic forced a shutdown of the economy...
Southern Cone
On 12 May, Argentina’s President Alberto Fernández defended his government’s position on the latest outbreak of fighting between Israel and Palestine, telling news site Infobae that it follows the position adopted by the United Nations...
* Paraguay’s central bank (BCP) has released the latest data of its monthly indicator of economic activity (Imaep), which shows that economic activity in the country rose by 8% year-on-year in March...

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