Security & Strategic Review - February 2022

LEADER
Chile’s President-elect Gabriel Boric won a convincing victory over his far-right rival, José Antonio Kast, in the presidential run-off in December.... Read More
ANDEAN COUNTRIES
Security records were broken over and over in Ecuador last year, which saw the country’s worst ever prison massacres, the highest quantity of seized drugs on record, and the worst homicide rate in a decade.... Read More
The conduct of Colombia’s national police, which garnered global condemnation for its response to the social unrest that swept the country between April and June last year, was the subject of a police reform bill approved by congress on 13 December.... Read More
At the height of a vicious election campaign in which both candidates were seen as potential threats to the rule of law, Peru’s now President Pedro Castillo and his right-wing opponent, Keiko Fujimori (Fuerza Popular), attended a joint event last May to pledge their commitment to transparency and democratic values.... Read More
BRAZIL & SOUTHERN CONE
Two separate reports recently released by international NGOs warn of the erosion of democracy in Brazil, where a general election is due this October.... Read More
MEXICO & USMCA
In the first three weeks of 2022, three journalists were killed in Mexico.... Read More
The migrant protection protocol (MPP) is already making its impact known in northern Mexico, despite only being in force since December. According to US-based human rightsS lobby group Washington Office on Latin America (Wola), as of 10 January - just over a month since the programme’s controversial restart – the MPP, also known as the 'Remain in Mexico' programme, had sent 249 asylum-seeking migrants back to Mexico.... Read More
Medicine shortages remain a thorn in the side of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s government.... Read More
CENTRAL AMERICA
Guatemala recently marked the 25th anniversary of the signing of the peace accords which ended one of the longest armed conflicts in Latin America’s history (1960-1996), in which some 250,000 civilians were killed or disappeared.... Read More
At the end of December, El Salvador’s 84-member unicameral legislature approved a new water law.... Read More
The United Nations (UN) Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Honduras and Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) have both condemned the recent killing of Pablo Isabel Hernández, a local indigenous Lenca leader, activist and human rights defender (HRD).... Read More
In December Costa Rica’s President Carlos Alvarado and Environment & Energy Minister Andrea Meza signed a decree which seeks to incentivise the use of hydrogen to boost the green economy.... Read More
CARIBBEAN
The just published 2021 Corruption Perceptions Index from international anti-corruption NGO Transparency International is broadly positive about the Commonwealth Caribbean.... Read More
Prime Minister Mia Mottley and her ruling Barbados Labour Party (BLP) have demonstrated an extraordinary political dominance by winning a second successive 30-0 clean sweep in the 19 January general election.... Read More
*** JAMAICA MURDERS UP 10%.... Read More

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