Weekly Report - 25 August 2022 (WR-22-34)

As if Peru’s political drama were not compelling enough already, one more actor joined the cast this week: Antauro Humala walked out of the Ancón II prison in northern Lima.... Read More
Authorities in Venezuela sent mixed messages on human rights this week, in which the justice ministry signed an agreement with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on human rights training, and the supreme court (TSJ) met representatives from the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to discuss the human rights situation in the country.... Read More
“We will only go down in history if we construct peace,” Colombia’s President Gustavo Petro said on 20 August in his first official ceremony as commander-in-chief, at a military academy in Bogotá, to swear in the new military high command he appointed a week earlier.... Read More
Over the past three weeks, violent clashes between rival factions of one of Bolivia’s two main coca unions have again highlighted efforts by the Movimiento al Socialismo (MAS) government to extend its control over the coca sector.... Read More
The corruption clouds around Vice President Cristina Fernández continue to gather.... Read More
Paraguay’s senate hauled in the foreign minister, Julio César Arriola, on 22 August for some hostile questioning about the present state of affairs regarding Vice President Hugo Velázquez.... Read More
President Jair Bolsonaro this week painted a glowing picture of the state of the Brazilian economy, saying that indicators were “fantastic” compared to the rest of the world.... Read More
Upon taking office in December 2018, one of the first official acts by Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador was to establish a truth commission tasked with investigating the infamous 2014 abduction and presumed murder of 43 trainee teachers in the southern state of Guerrero.... Read More
Mexico’s very own state-run lithium company was officially created on 24 August.... Read More
Guatemala’s human rights ombudsman Jordán Rodas, one of the few remaining figures associated with the fight against domestic corruption, has ended his five-year mandate and left the country.... Read More
President Rodrigo Chaves has marked his first 100 days in office and presented a balance sheet outlining priorities and achievements delivered so far under his government.... Read More
Two senior cabinet ministers were grilled by Uruguay’s senate this week in connection with a passport scandal involving a Uruguayan drug trafficker, Sebastián Marset.... Read More
“Peru faces a national emergency…a national security problem…the country needs a second republic.”... Read More

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