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Caribbean & Central America - November 2021

The United Nations (UN) Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), along with local civil society groups, have blasted a series of reforms to Honduras’ criminal code, criminal procedural code, and anti-money laundering legislation, recently approved by the legislature.

Caribbean & Central America - October 2021

In late August, Salvadorean investigative media El Faro published a report citing an investigation which found that the government led by President Nayib Bukele had held talks in maximum-security prisons in 2020 with El Salvador’s three main street gangs, the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13), Barrio 18 Revolucionarios, and Barrio 18 Sureños. Just over a year earlier, the same media alleged that Bukele had held talks with MS-13 alone.

Caribbean & Central America - August 2021

The assassination of Haiti’s President Jovenel Moïse on 7 July shocked Haitians and the international community alike, appearing to mark the culmination of the multifaceted political, institutional and security crises which have afflicted the country.

Caribbean & Central America - July 2021

On 8 June a group of international human rights organisations expressed concern over an “increase in criminalisation in Guatemala as a strategy to frighten and intimidate those who play significant roles in the fight against impunity in cases of serious human rights violations and corruption”.

Caribbean & Central America - June 2021

El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele has set off democracy-related alarm bells over the past year for various reasons - from the deployment of security forces to congress [SSR-20-04] to his repeated disregard for judicial rulings on his government’s response to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic [SSR-20-06].

Caribbean & Central America - May 2021

The recent failure by El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele to meet the new US envoy for Central America, Ricardo Zuñiga, during the latter’s first trip to the sub-region has again highlighted strained relations between the Salvadorean government and the new US administration led by President Joe Biden.

Caribbean & Central America - April 2021

The United Nations (UN) World Food Programme (WFP) and a group of humanitarian organisations have recently published reports warning of the rise in food insecurity in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua due to the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and years of extreme climate events.

Caribbean & Central America - March 2021

The first piece in this March edition of the Latin American Regional Report: Caribbean & Central America looks at Honduras, which has approved a bill raising the number of votes needed in congress to amend two articles of the constitution which prohibit abortion.

Caribbean & Central America - February 2021

Last month a new caravan of migrants set off from Honduras, heading to Guatemala en route to Mexico and the US, serving to highlight what is set to be a major priority for the new US administration led by President Joe Biden with regard to Central America – addressing illegal migration.