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Caribbean & Central America - September 2020

At the end of July, the international NGO Global Witness published its annual report which found that killings of human rights defenders (HRDs) in Honduras rose from four in 2018 to 14 last year, making it the most dangerous country per capita for land and environmental defenders in 2019.

Caribbean & Central America - August 2020

The first piece in this August edition of Latin American Regional Report: Caribbean & Central America looks at tensions in Guatemala which have erupted following an order by the constitutional court (CC) for the process of electing supreme court (CSJ) judges and appellate magistrates to be suspended.

Caribbean & Central America - July 2020

When the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic first reached Latin America, the horrifying prospect of its proliferation through the region’s often grossly overcrowded, understaffed, unsanitary and aging prisons was described by various human rights organisations as a “ticking time bomb”.

Caribbean & Central America - June 2020

The United Nations (UN)’s World Food Programme (WFP) and Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) are among various bodies warning of a risk of a “hunger pandemic” as a result of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

Caribbean & Central America - May 2020

At the end of March, the international anti-corruption NGO Transparency International (TI) warned about “serious corruption risks” in Latin America’s emergency response to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

Caribbean & Central America - April 2020

The bold action by El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele to address the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19) in the country may have been welcomed given the urgency of the pandemic.

Caribbean & Central America - March 2020

The first piece in this March edition of Latin American Regional Report: Caribbean & Central America begins with Guatemala, where President Alejandro Giammattei took office for a four-year term on 14 January.

Caribbean & Central America - February 2020

Since assuming the presidency of Costa Rica in May 2018, Carlos Alvarado and the centre-left ruling Partido Acción Ciudadana (PAC) have overseen promising improvements in public security.

Caribbean & Central America - January 2020

We begin this January edition of Latin American Regional Report: Caribbean & Central America by looking at three bilateral migration accords signed last year by the US and (separately) El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras which continue to attract international condemnation.