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LatinNews Daily - 08 July 2021

Main Briefing
On 7 July the United Nations (UN) condemned the assassination of Haiti's President Jovenel Moïse, shot dead in his private residence by unknown attackers earlier that day, and called for the perpetrators of the crime to be brought to justice...
Andean
On 8 July Colombia’s President Iván Duque rejected a key suggestion for police reform from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) following an IACHR visit to assess allegations of police brutality during recent anti-government protests...
* Colombia’s national federation of coffee producers (FNC) has announced that the country’s coffee exports fell by 11% in June compared to the same month in 2020...
Brazil
On 7 July Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro confirmed rumours that he will nominate André Mendonça to fill a vacancy on the supreme court (STF) that will arise this month...
* The Brazilian private sector lobby Confederação Nacional do Comércio de Bens, Serviços e Turismo (CNC) has forecast that the country’s retail sector will see its highest sales in nine years in 2021...
Central America & Caribbean
* The Dominican Republic's (DR) central bank (BCRD) has released its latest monetary policy report which notes that the country’s monthly indicator of economic activity (Imae) posted a 21.2% year-on-year increase in May after an unprecedented 47.1% year-on-year increase in April, the third month of positive year-on-year economic activity since the start of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic...
Mexico
On 7 July the Mexican branch of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) condemned the recent killing of the indigenous human rights defender (HRD), Simón Pedro Pérez López, in Mexico’s south-eastern state of Chiapas...
* Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has announced plans to create ‘Gas Bienestar’ (‘gas well-being’), a new state-owned firm that will be dedicated to the distribution of liquified petroleum gas (LPG) in the country...
Southern Cone
On 7 July the Uruguayan government announced that it will unilaterally start negotiating trade agreements with countries outside of the Southern Common Market (Mercosur) regional customs union...
* Argentina’s government has announced the start of a process to sanction three foreign firms that have been prospecting for hydrocarbons in waters surrounding the Falkland/Malvinas islands in the South Atlantic without its authorisation...

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