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Weekly Report - 08 July 2021 (WR-21-27)

LEADER
In the early hours of 7 July unknown assailants broke into the private residence of Haiti’s President Jovenel Moïse and shot him dead in an attack which left his wife seriously wounded...
ANDEAN COUNTRIES
Corruption allegations have hit both candidates in the disputed second round of Peru’s presidential election...
Colombia’s transitional justice court (JEP) announced on 6 July that 10 soldiers will be charged for their alleged role in 120 extrajudicial executions carried out between January 2007 and August 2008...
The arrest on 2 July of Javier Tarazona, the director of the Venezuelan human rights NGO Fundaredes, alongside two other Fundaredes employees, threatens to silence a key source of information on the Apure conflict and has caused great consternation in Venezuela and abroad...
BRAZIL & SOUTHERN CONE
Tens of thousands of people took part in nationwide protests against Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro on 3 July...
The constitutional convention that will draft Chile’s new constitution has been formally convened...
Confirmation that the man believed to have been abducted in northern Paraguay by an insurgent armed group [WR-21-26] has been killed, is again putting the government led by President Mario Abdo Benítez under pressure to neutralise the rebels and reinforce public security in the north once and for all...
Uruguay’s senate grilled cabinet ministers this week on the government’s response to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic...
MEXICO
The opposition alliance Va por México called this week for three gubernatorial elections held on 6 June to be annulled and restaged, alleging various anomalies and even the involvement of organised crime...
CENTRAL AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
Concerns about the separation of powers in El Salvador have grown since deputies in the new legislative assembly, now controlled by President Nayib Bukele’s Nuevas Ideas (NI), took up their seats in May and promptly fired the attorney general (AG) Raúl Melara and the five-member constitutional chamber (SC) of the supreme court (CSJ), both critics of Bukele [WR-21-18]...
COSTA RICA | IMF deal approved...
POSTSCRIPT
The former commanders of Bolivia’s air force and navy were placed under preventive detention on 5 July accused of terrorism, sedition, and conspiracy as part of investigations into the alleged coup against Evo Morales (2006-2019) in November 2019...
“[This was] a hateful, inhumane and barbaric act...

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