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LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 22 July 2019

At the end of last year, Ecuador’s national assembly approved a reform proposed by President Lenín Moreno the previous May, which amends the controversial communications law approved in 2013 (LOC).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 19 July 2019

On 18 July, Colombia’s constitutional court (CC) upheld its ruling banning the aerial spraying of the herbicide glyphosate to eradicate illegal coca plantations but said that it is up to the national narcotics council (CNE) to determine if this can be resumed under certain circumstances.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 18 July 2019

On 17 July, the justice commission of Venezuela’s national constituent assembly (ANC) convened by the de facto government led by Nicolás Maduro asked the attorney general’s office to open an investigation into opposition national deputy Franklyn Duarte.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 17 July 2019

On 16 July, Peru’s former president Alejandro Toledo (2001-2006) was arrested in the US.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 16 July 2019

On 15 July, Ecuador’s President Lenín Moreno and his foreign affairs minister, José Valencia, held separate meetings in Guayaquil with the British minister of state for Europe and the Americas, Alan Duncan.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 15 July 2019

On 14 July Venezuela’s internationally recognised interim president, Juan Guaidó, confirmed that delegates representing the opposition would return to Barbados this week to continue negotiations with representatives of the de facto government led by Nicolás Maduro.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 12 July 2019

On 11 July Peru’s Prime Minister Salvador del Solar called for a broad dialogue between all interested parties over the development of the ‘Tía María’ copper mining project to avoid the re-sparking of a social conflict.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 11 July 2019

On 10 July, a representative from Odebrecht, the Brazilian engineering firm, held a meeting with Ecuadorean judicial authorities in which they discussed the payment of compensation for the economic damage caused by the bribes the firm paid for securing state contracts.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 10 July 2019

On 9 July, Colombia’s supreme court (CSJ) ordered the arrest of Seuxis Paucias Hernández Solarte (‘Jesús Santrich’), a national deputy and a former commander of the demobilised Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (Farc) guerrillas.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 9 July 2019

From LatinNews Daily
- COLOMBIA: New scandal hits army
- In brief: Colombia
On 8 July, Colombia’s prosecutor general’s office opened a disciplinary investigation into three top army generals.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 08 July 2019

On 7 July, Juan Guaidó, the head of Venezuela’s opposition-controlled national assembly and internationally recognised interim president, announced a new round of exploratory talks with the de facto government led by Nicolás Maduro.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 05 July 2019

On 4 July, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, submitted a report on the state of human rights in Venezuela following her recent visit to the country.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 4 July 2019

On 3 July, the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (IACHR) urged the Venezuelan state to investigate the “probable acts of torture” that naval officer Rafael Acosta Arévalo was subjected to before his death.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 3 July 2019

On 2 July, Venezuela’s de facto president Nicolás Maduro claimed in an address on state television that exploratory talks in Norway to discuss setting up a formal dialogue process with the political opposition were “going well” and had his government’s “full support”.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 02 July 2019

On 1 July the United Nations verification mission in Colombia expressed concern about the “disappearance” of Seuxis Paucias Hernández Solarte (‘Jesús Santrich’), a deputy in the lower chamber of the national congress for the Fuerza Alternativa Revolucionaria del Común (Farc) party, after the former guerrilla commander and peace negotiator abandoned his security detail a day earlier.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 01 July 2019

On 29 June, Venezuela’s internationally recognised interim president Juan Guaidó accused the de facto government led by Nicolás Maduro of the torture and murder of naval corvette captain Rafael Acosta Arévalo.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 28 June 2019

On 27 June Colombia’s President Iván Duque announced that 26 new measures would be introduced to protect demobilised members of the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (Farc) guerrilla group.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 27 June 2019

On 25 June, the Bribery Divison of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) revealed that Ecuadorian online news outlet La Posta had obtained leaked reports suggesting the extent of Brazilian engineering firm Odebrecht’s bribery to obtain state contracts is greater than previously thought.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 26 June 2019

On 25 June, it was revealed that General Manuel Ricardo Cristopher Figuera, the former head of Venezuela’s national intelligence service (Sebin), who surprisingly backed opposition leader Juan Guaidó’s efforts to replace President Nicolás Maduro in April, had arrived in Washington DC after spending two months in hiding in Colombia.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 25 June 2019

On 24 June, the political party of the demobilised Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (Farc) guerrillas denounced the murder of a demobilised Farc fighter in Nariño department.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 24 June 2019

Development: On 22 June, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Chile’s former president Michelle Bachelet (2006-2010; 2014-2018), called upon the Venezuelan government to release prisoners currently being detained for peacefully protesting against the de facto president, Nicolás Maduro.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 21 June 2019

On 20 June Colombia’s national congress sank an anti-corruption bill sent by the government led by President Iván Duque.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 20 June 2019

On 19 June, the Colombian army announced that a leader of the Ejército de Liberación Nacional (ELN) insurgent guerrillas in the northern Bolívar department had handed himself over to the authorities.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 19 June 2019

On 18 June, the Fuerza Alternativa Revolucionaria del Común (Farc) political party reported that two former Farc guerrillas had been murdered.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 18 June 2019

On 17 June, Venezuela’s opposition leader and internationally recognised interim president, Juan Guaidó, said that he will not tolerate the misuse of the international aid intended to alleviate the serious humanitarian crisis in Venezuela and insisted that any allegations about this will be fully investigated.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 17 June 2019

On 14 June, Sweden’s foreign ministry confirmed that it is hosting talks between “key international players” aimed at finding a common strategy to promote a peaceful and democratic solution to Venezuela’s political crisis.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 14 June 2019

On 13 June Colombia’s national chamber of deputies decisively voted against censuring Defence Minister Guillermo Botero.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 13 June 2019

On 12 June, Venezuela’s political opposition denounced that the supreme court (TSJ) had issued new orders calling for the congressional immunity of opposition deputies José Guerra and Tomás Guanipa to be lifted so that they can be prosecuted for their suspected involvement in the efforts to oust the de facto president, Nicolás Maduro.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 12 June 2019

On 11 June, César Álvarez Aguilar, a former president of Peru’s north-western region of Ancash (2007-2014), was sentenced to eight years and three months in prison.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 11 June 2019

On 10 June, opposition groups took to the streets of Bolivia’s capital La Paz to demand a clean and fair general election on 20 October.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 10 June 2019

On 8 June, the border checkpoints between Venezuela’s Táchira state and Colombia were reopened to pedestrian access, on the orders of Venezuela’s de facto President Nicolás Maduro.  

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 07 June 2019

On 6 June, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin said that the countries that have recognised Juan Guaidó as Venezuela’s interim president and no longer recognise Nicolás Maduro as the legitimate president are “crazy” and are not helping to resolve Venezuela’s political crisis.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 06 June 2019

From LatinNews Daily
- PERU: Congress yields to Vizcarra
- In brief: Colombia
On 5 June, Peru’s national congress voted in favour of a motion of confidence in the current cabinet led by Prime Minister Salvador del Solar and agreed to debate and approve some of the political reform proposals promoted by President Martín Vizcarra.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 5 June 2019

On 4 June, Ecuador’s President Lenín Moreno made two new cabinet appointments to fill vacancies at the telecommunications and communications ministries.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 4 June 2019

On 3 June, US President Donald Trump claimed on Twitter that Russia had withdrawn “most of their people in Venezuela”.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 3 June 2019

On 1 June, the local media revealed that President Martín Vizcarra had sent a letter to a prosecutor which states that he is willing to put himself at the disposal of the prosecutor’s office to answer any questions relating to complaints involving crimes against public administration which took place under his term as governor of the southern region of Moquegua (2011-2014).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 31 May 2019

On 30 May, Colombia’s attorney general’s office released Seuxis Paucias Hernández Solarte (‘Jesús Santrich’), the former Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (Farc) guerrilla commander who is wanted on drug trafficking charges by the US, in line with a supreme court order.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 30 May 2019

On 29 May, Peru’s President Martín Vizcarra announced that his government will ask the national congress to make the approval of the political and judicial reforms that it has tabled to the legislature a matter of confidence in his administration.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 29 May 2019

On 28 May, the Fuerza Alternativa Revolucionaria del Común, the political party founded by Colombia’s former Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (Farc) guerrillas, called a meeting of its national council for 22-23 June to discuss the difficulties in implementing the peace deal that the guerrilla group signed with the government in 2016.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 28 May 2019

On 27 May, María Eugenia Choque, the head of Bolivia’s electoral court (TSE), called for “respect” from politicians for the court ahead of the 20 October general election.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 24 May 2019

On 23 May, Félix Patzi, the presidential candidate for Bolivia's opposition Movimiento Tercer Sistema (MTS), ruled out an alliance with opposition parties ahead of the October general election in which President Evo Morales is seeking a further term.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 23 May 2019

On 22 May the Americas director of human rights NGO Human Rights Watch (HRW), José Miguel Vivanco, warned the Colombian army against retaliating against any of its officers that provided confidential information to US daily The New York Times (NYT).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 22 May 2019

From LatinNews Daily
- PERU: Vizcarra challenges congress
- In brief: Ecuador
On 21 May, Peru’s President Martín Vizcarra unexpectedly attended a national congress session and demanded that the legislature debate the political and judicial reforms proposed by his government.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 21 May 2019

On 20 May, Venezuela’s de facto president, Nicolás Maduro, proposed holding early legislative elections in order to try to solve the country’s deep political crisis.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean - 20 May 2019

On 17 May, Seuxis Paucias Hernández Solarte (‘Jesús Santrich’), a former commander of the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (Farc) and peace negotiator, was released from prison in accordance with an order by the transitional justice system (JEP) only to be immediately rearrested by agents of the attorney general’s office.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 17 May 2019

On 16 May Colombia’s President Iván Duque revealed that he had accepted the resignation of his justice minister, Gloria María Borrero.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 16 May 2019

On 15 May Colombia’s attorney general, Néstor Humberto Martínez, tendered his resignation in protest at a ruling by the country’s transitional justice court (JEP) rejecting the extradition request filed by the US for Seuxis Paucias Hernández Solarte (‘Jesús Santrich’).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 15 May 2019

From LatinNews Daily
- VENEZUELA: Guaidó denounces hijacking of national assembly
- In brief: Peru
From Latin American Security & Strategic Review
- Crimes against humanity in Venezuela
On 14 May the leader of Venezuela’s national assembly (AN) and internationally recognised interim president, Juan Guaidó, denounced that the de facto government led by Nicolás Maduro is attempting to close down the opposition-controlled AN in a bid to hang on to power.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 14 May 2019

On 13 May thousands of agricultural producers in regions across Peru staged a 24-hour national strike in demand of more government assistance for small-scale farming in the country.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 13 May 2019

On 11 May hundreds of people took to the streets in the capital Caracas against Nicolás Maduro in protests called by Juan Guaidó, the internationally recognised interim president, opposition leader, and president of the national assembly (AN).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 10 May 2019

On 9 May, Mexico’s foreign ministry (SRE) expressed concern about the detention the previous day of Edgar Zambrano, the vice president of Venezuela’s national assembly (AN).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 9 May 2019

On 8 May, the leader of Venezuela’s opposition-controlled national assembly (AN) and the country’s internationally recognised interim president, Juan Guaidó, denounced the detention of the AN’s deputy vice president, Édgar Zambrano, by agents from the national intelligence service (Sebin).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 8 May 2019

On 7 May, Venezuela’s supreme court (TSJ) called for the immunity from prosecution of seven opposition national deputies to be lifted so that they can be tried for the accusations of treason levelled against them by the de facto Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela (PSUV) government led by Nicolás Maduro.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 7 May 2019

On 4 May, one of Colombia’s most well-known social leaders narrowly escaped an attack by armed assailants in the south-western department of Cauca during which two bodyguards were injured.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 03 May 2019

On 2 May, Venezuela’s supreme court (TSJ) ordered the arrest of Leopoldo López, the opposition figurehead who was sprung from house arrest earlier this week and is currently sheltering in Spain’s diplomatic residence in Caracas.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 2 May 2019

On 1 May, Venezuela’s self-proclaimed and internationally recognised interim president, Juan Guaidó, led public demonstrations calling for the de facto president, Nicolás Maduro, to abandon office and announced the staging of rolling strikes until Maduro steps down.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 1 May 2019

On 30 April, Venezuela’s de facto president, Nicolás Maduro, gave a nationally televised address in which he insisted that he retains the “absolute loyalty” of the country's military commanders and that his government had defeated an attempted coup d’état promoted by the political opposition.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 30 April 2019

On 29 April, Hernán Dario Velásquez (‘El Paisa’), a former commander from the demobilised Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (Farc) guerrillas, who is wanted by the authorities for failing to appear before the transitional justice court (JEP), released an open letter in which he complains that neither the JEP nor the Colombian authorities have provided the necessary guarantees for him to appear before the court.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 29 April 2019

On 28 April Colombia’s political opposition called for the resignation of Defence Minister Guillermo Botero over the killing by the army of Dimar Torres, a demobilised member of the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (Farc) former guerrilla group.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 26 April 2019

On 25 April, thousands took to the streets in Colombia’s capital, Bogotá, and across the country to protest various government policies.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 25 April 2019

On 24 April the Comando Nacional Unitario (CNU) grouping of workers unions and civil society organisations issued a statement calling all workers to take part in the national strike it has called for today (25 April) to protest against the government’s 2018-2022 national development plan (PND).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 24 April 2019

On 23 April, Colombian NGO Programa Somos Defensores published its annual report on attacks against human rights defenders, in which it reported that 155 human rights defenders and social leaders were killed in Colombia last year.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 23 April 2019

On 22 April, the Colombian government announced that it had identified six drug traffickers who were claiming they were members of the demobilised Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (Farc) guerrillas in order to be tried under the Justicia Especial para la Paz (JEP) transitional justice system.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 18 April 2019

On 17 April, national deputies from Peru’s opposition Partido Aprista Peruano (PAP) accused the country’s attorney general’s office of being responsible for the death of former president, Alan García (1985-1990; 2006-2011), who shot himself that day as police arrived to arrest him in line with an arrest warrant issued against him.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 17 April 2019

On 16 April, there were violent clashes between the police and anti-government protesters during a protest march staged in Ecuador’s capital, Quito.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 16 April 2019

On 15 April, foreign ministers representing Western Hemisphere nations in the Lima Group concluded a meeting in Santiago, Chile, by releasing a 17-point declaration urging the international community to take measures to isolate the de facto Venezuelan government led by Nicolás Maduro and support the restoration of democracy under the opposition figurehead and widely recognised interim president Juan Guaidó.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 15 April 2019

On 13 April, Venezuela’s de facto president Nicolás Maduro marked the 17th anniversary of the restoration to power of his late predecessor Hugo Chávez (1999-2013) after a 48-hour coup by calling on the Bolivarian national militias to devote themselves to food production to help deliver an “economic miracle”.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 12 April 2019

On 11 April, the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial execution at the Office of the United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Agnes Callamard, warned that by expelling the Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange, from its embassy in the United Kingdom the Ecuadorean government has exposed Assange to potential human rights violations.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 11 April 2019

From LatinNews Daily
- PERU: Kuczynski’s arrest causes commotion
- In brief: Bolivia
From Latin American Regional Report: Caribbean & Central America
- REGION: LGBTQ+ legal rights in the Caribbean and Latin America – a comparison
On 10 April, Peru’s Prime Minister Salvador del Solar called for the judiciary to provide a full explanation for the decision to temporarily detain former president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (2016-2018).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 10 April 2019

From LatinNews Daily
- VENEZUELA: Guaidó gets boost in OAS
- In brief: Peru
From Latin American Security & Strategic Review
- Venezuela-Cuba: US intensifies action against ‘CubaZuela’
On 9 April, the Organization of American States (OAS) approved a resolution in which it recognises Gustavo Tarre Briceño as an official representative of Venezuela to the OAS.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 9 April 2019

From LatinNews Daily
- COLOMBIA: Big boost for peace
- In brief: Peru
On 8 April, Colombia’s lower chamber of congress rejected President Iván Duque’s partial veto of the statutory law regulating the transitional justice system (JEP), the cornerstone of the peace accord signed with the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (Farc) guerrillas.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 08 April 2019

On 6 April, the de facto Venezuelan government announced that it would be filing legal appeals against the US government’s decision to impose economic sanctions on companies that transport Venezuelan oil to Cuba.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 05 April 2019

In the early hours of 5 April, Peru’s congress granted the requisite vote of confidence in the new ministerial cabinet presided over by Salvador del Solar after a debate lasting more than 16 hours.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 04 April 2019

On 3 April, the Russian embassy in Colombia issued a statement in which it said that it has never questioned the Colombian government’s sovereign right to define its own foreign policy and act accordingly on the international stage.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 3 April 2019

From LatinNews Daily
- In brief: Bolivia
* The United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (Eclac) has revised its economic growth forecast for Bolivia for 2019 increasing it to 4.4% up from 4.3%.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 2 April 2019

On 1 April, the president of Venezuela’s supreme court (TSJ), Maikel Moreno, called upon the government-controlled constituent assembly to strip Juan Guaidó, the opposition figurehead and widely recognised interim president, of his legislative immunity from prosecution.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 1 April 2019

On 31 March, hundreds of people took part in impromptu demonstrations in cities around Venezuela protesting over the electricity outages and lack of drinking water that have been affecting large parts of the country.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 29 March 2019

On 28 March, Venezuela’s comptroller general’s office barred the opposition figurehead and widely recognised interim president Juan Guaidó from holding any public post for the next 15 years.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 28 March 2019

On 27 March, a cross-party group of legislators from Colombia’s national congress held a meeting with President Iván Duque in which they urged him to find a solution to protests that have been staged by indigenous groups in Cauca department.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 27 March 2019

On 26 March, the working day and classes were suspended across Venezuela on government orders, as the country suffered from a second day of intermittent electricity blackouts.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 26 March 2019

On 25 March, the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS) issued a statement rejecting the unauthorised presence of Russian military personnel in Venezuela as “unacceptable”.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 25 March 2019

On 22 March, the presidents of Chile, Colombia, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Argentina, and Paraguay, along with a representative from Guyana, launched the new regional bloc: the Foro para el Progreso y Desarrollo de América Latina (Prosur).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 22 March 2019

On 21 March, international organisations including the United Nations (UN) expressed concern over the arrest in Venezuela of Roberto Marrero, chief of staff of Venezuela’s self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaidó, and called on the de facto government led by Nicolás Maduro to ensure that Marrero’s rights are respected.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 21 March 2019

On 20 March, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Chile’s Michelle Bachelet, accused the de facto government led by Nicolás Maduro of conducting a violent crackdown on political dissident in Venezuela including the extrajudicial execution and torture of imprisoned political opponents. 

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 20 March 2019

From LatinNews Daily
- BOLIVIA: Coca protests in capital
- In brief: Venezuela
On 20 March hundreds of coca producers (cocaleros) from Bolivia’s traditional Yungas coca producing area (La Paz department) marched in the capital, La Paz.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 19 March 2019

On 18 March, thousands of Colombians marched in defence of peace and of the statutory law regulating the transitional justice system (JEP), part of the 2016 peace accord reached with the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (Farc) guerrilla group.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 18 March 2019

On 17 March, Venezuela’s de facto government led by Nicolás Maduro announced a “profound restructuring” of the ministerial cabinet aimed “shielding the homeland” from all threats.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 15 March 2019

On 14 March, the Office of the United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) presented its annual report on the situation of human rights in Colombia, highlighting concerns with high levels of violence.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 14 March 2019

On 13 March, hundreds of Colombians mobilised across the country to demonstrate their support for a law regulating the transitional justice system (JEP), part of the peace accord reached between the government and the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (Farc) guerrilla group in 2016.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 13 March 2019

On 12 March Venezuela’s attorney general, Tarek William Saab, announced that his office had opened an investigation into the opposition leader and self-proclaimed interim president, Juan Guaidó, for his suspected involvement in the sabotaging of the national electricity grid.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 12 March 2019

On 11 March Peru’s President Martín Vizcarra carried out a major cabinet reshuffle, and appointed a new prime minister and seven new ministers.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 11 March 2019

On 10 March, Colombia’s President Iván Duque partially vetoed a law regulating the transitional justice system (JEP) and returned it to congress.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 08 March 2019

On 7 March, Colombia’s President Iván Duque took part in a public audience in the constitutional court on the use of the herbicide glyphosate to eradicate coca cultivation, arguing for a revision of the ruling currently prohibiting its use. 

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 7 March 2019

On 6 March, the de facto Venezuelan government led by Nicolás Maduro declared Germany’s ambassador to Venezuela, Daniel Martin Kriener, persona non grata and gave him 48 hours to leave the country.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 6 March 2019

On 5 March, Juan Guaidó, the widely recognised interim president of Venezuela, met representatives of local trade unions, after which he announced that they would set in motion rolling public sector strikes.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 5 March 2019

On 4 March Juan Guaidó, the president of Venezuela's national assembly, returned to Venezuela 10 days after leaving the country to coordinate humanitarian aid efforts in the Colombian border city of Cúcuta.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 4 March 2019

From LatinNews Daily
- VENEZUELA: Guaidó risks return
- In brief: Colombia
Juan Guaidó announced on 3 March that he will return to Venezuela today (4 March) after completing a mini tour of the region.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 01 March 2019

On 28 February President Martín Vizcarra announced that he was cutting short an official visit to Spain and Portugal in order to return to Peru in the wake of fierce criticism from the political opposition over his absence at a time of serious flooding and mudslides at home.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 28 February 2019

On 27 February, national deputy Ronny Aleaga from Ecuador’s Movimiento Revolución Ciudadana (MRC) opposition movement cancelled a press conference in which he was due to present evidence in support of the corruption accusations he’d levelled against President Lenín Moreno after he was heckled by Moreno’s supporters.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 27 February 2019

On 26 February, the US Special Representative for Venezuela Elliot Abrams urged the members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to approve a resolution calling for humanitarian aid to be allowed into Venezuela and for more UN members to adopt sanctions against Venezuela’s de facto government led by Nicolás Maduro.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 26 February 2019

On 25 February, the Lima Group of Western Hemisphere nations held a meeting in Bogotá to evaluate the next steps to take to restore democracy in Venezuela after the efforts to bring humanitarian aid into the country were largely thwarted by the government led by Nicolás Maduro.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 25 February 2019

On 23 February, at least a dozen people were killed and over 200 wounded on Venezuela’s borders with Colombia and Brazil after the Venezuelan armed forces refused to allow the entry of humanitarian aid packages into the country.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 22 February 2019

On 21 February, General Hugo ‘Pollo’ Carvajal, Venezuela’s former head of military counterintelligence (2004-2011) and current national deputy for the ruling Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela (PSUV), publicly denounced Nicolás Maduro for usurping the presidency and recognised the opposition leader, Juan Guaidó, as the country’s legitimate interim president.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 21 February 2019

On 20 February the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued a statement urging Colombia’s President Iván Duque to sanction into law the bill that fully enables the functioning of a transitional justice system (JEP) to handle cases related to Colombia’s internal armed conflict.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 20 February 2019

On 19 February, Venezuela’s de facto president, Nicolás Maduro, challenged the self-proclaimed and internationally recognised interim president, Juan Guaidó, to call a presidential election so that he can defeat him in the polls.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 19 February 2019

From LatinNews Daily
- In brief: Bolivia
* Bolivia and Argentina have renegotiated their natural gas provision contract valid until 2026 and agreed on a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to further bilateral trade relations.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 18 February 2019

On 16 February, three US military transport aircraft carrying humanitarian aid to Venezuela landed in the Colombian border city of Cúcuta.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 15 February 2019

On 14 February, the foreign minister of the de facto Venezuelan government, Jorge Arreaza, announced that the administration led by Nicolás Maduro has the support of over a dozen countries that are prepared to denounce before the United Nations (UN) the attempts by the US to overthrow the Maduro administration.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 14 February 2019

On 13 February, opposition figures like Bolivia’s former president Carlos Mesa (2003-2005), a presidential candidate ahead of the October vote, along with civil-society groups, presented complaints before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) against President Evo Morales’ re-election bid.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 13 February 2019

From LatinNews Daily
- VENEZUELA: Guaidó maintains the pressure
- In brief: Bolivia
From Latin American Regional Report: Caribbean & Central America
- CARICOM: The Caribbean stands by Maduro
On 12 February, tens of thousands of people took part in a protest march in Venezuela’s capital, Caracas, called by the self-proclaimed and internationally recognised interim president Juan Guaidó, to demand that the de facto government led by Nicolás Maduro allow the entry into the country of international humanitarian aid and for Maduro to abandon power.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 12 February 2019

On 11 February, Venezuela’s defence minister, General Vladimir Padrino López, announced that additional armed forces personnel had been deployed to the country’s border with Colombia to ensure that the international humanitarian aid arranged by the self-proclaimed and internationally recognised interim president, Juan Guaidó, does not enter Venezuela.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 11 February 2019

On 10 February Juan Guaidó, Venezuela’s self-proclaimed and internationally recognised interim president, accused those blocking humanitarian aid from entering the country of being “almost genocidal”.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 8 February 2019

On 7 February, the international contact group (ICG) on Venezuela held its first meeting in Uruguay’s capital, Montevideo, and called for a new dialogue and a fresh presidential election to try to solve the crisis in Venezuela.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 7 February 2019

On 6 February, the president of Venezuela’s opposition-controlled national assembly and self-proclaimed interim president, Juan Guaidó, ordered the country’s armed forces to allow the entry of foreign humanitarian aid into Venezuela.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 6 February 2019

On 5 February, Venezuelan opposition national deputy, Franklyn Duarte, claimed that members of Venezuela’s armed forces (FANB) were blocking the entry of international humanitarian aid packages into Venezuela at the Tienditas international bridge that connects Venezuela to Colombia.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 5 February 2019

On 4 February, Colombia’s defence minister, Guillermo Botero, revealed that 14 dissidents from the demobilised Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (Farc) guerrillas had been killed in a security operation in southern Colombia.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 4 February 2019

On 3 February, Venezuela’s de facto president, Nicolás Maduro, publicly rejected the calls by the international community to resign or call a new presidential election insisting that he will not cave in to such pressure.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 01 February 2019

On 31 January, Venezuela’s opposition deputies presented an economic transition plan as the European parliament passed a resolution recognising Juan Guaidó as the country’s interim president. 

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 31 January 2019

On 30 January, there were protests in more than 5,000 places across Venezuela, not just against the government led by President Nicolás Maduro but also to pressure the armed forces to permit a humanitarian corridor to allow essential aid into the country.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 30 January 2019

On 29 January, Venezuela’s supreme court (TSJ) barred Juan Guaidó from leaving the country and froze his bank accounts.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 29 January 2019

On 28 January, the US government slapped sanctions on Venezuela’s state-owned oil company Pdvsa, freezing its US-based assets and proceeds from crude exports.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 28 January 2019

On 26 January, Venezuela’s military attaché at its embassy in Washington, Colonel José Luis Silva Silva, urged the Bolivarian armed forces (FANB) to recognise Juan Guaidó as the country’s legitimate president.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 25 January 2019

Development: On 24 January, Interpol issued an international arrest warrant for ‘Aureliano Carbonell’ (Víctor Orlando Cubides), one of the negotiators for the Colombian guerrilla group Ejército de Liberación Nacional (ELN) in the suspended peace talks with the Colombian government in Cuba.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 24 January 2019

Development: On 23 January, Juan Guaidó, the president of Venezuela’s national assembly (AN), formally declared himself as the country’s interim president and said that he will now seek to organise a new general election process to elect a successor to the de facto president, Nicolás Maduro.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 23 January 2019

Development: On 22 January Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro ordered “a complete revision of relations with the US government” after US Vice President Mike Pence released a video branding him a dictator and extending support to Venezuelans the day before a large protest march called by the political opposition.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 22 January 2019

Development: On 21 January there were impromptu street protests in Venezuela in support of the actions of a group of officers from the Guardia Nacional Bolivariana (GNB) military police who had taken over a military barracks and declared themselves in rebellion against the de facto government led by Nicolás Maduro.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 21 January 2019

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Development: On 21 January the Ejército de Liberación Nacional (ELN) insurgent guerrilla group assumed responsibility for the 17 January car bomb attack in Colombia’s capital, Bogotá, and justified the action on President Iván Duque’s refusal to resume the formal peace dialogue between his government and the ELN.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 18 January 2019

Development: On 17 January the Colombian police reported that 21 people had been killed and 68 others wounded after a car bomb exploded at the police academy in country’s capital, Bogotá.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 17 January 2019

Development: On 16 January the audit commission in Peru’s national congress approved the opening of a new investigation into the links between C y M Vizcarra (CyM), a local consultancy firm founded by President Martín Vizcarra, and Brazilian engineering firm Odebrecht, which has admitted to paying millions of US dollars in bribes to government officials in Peru to secure government contracts.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 16 January 2019

Development: On 15 January, Venezuela’s national assembly (AN) approved a series of resolutions aimed at setting the legal bases for ousting the de facto Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela (PSUV) government led by Nicolás Maduro.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 15 January 2019

Development: On 14 January, Peru’s President Martín Vizcarra visited an area in eastern Lima which has faced extensive flooding after the rupture of a sewerage pipeline.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 14 January 2019

Development: On 13 January, Juan Guaidó, the president of Venezuela’s national assembly (AN), denounced that agents from the national intelligence service (Sebin) had illegally detained him for around half an hour in an attempt to silence him.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 11 January 2019

Development: On 10 January, the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) issued a resolution stating that it does not recognise Nicolás Maduro as the legitimate president of Venezuela.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 10 January 2019

Development: On 9 January Venezuelan political opposition group Frente Amplio Venezuela Libre (FAVL) called for public demonstrations to be staged today (10 January) in repudiation of President Nicolás Maduro swearing-in for a second presidential term.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 9 January 2019

Development: On 8 January the congressional bench of Peru’s main opposition party, Fuerza Popular (FP, Fujimoristas), presented a motion of censure against the president of congress, Daniel Salaverry.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 8 January 2019

Development: On 7 January Peru’s attorney general Pedro Chávarry announced that he would be tendering his resignation today (8 January).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 7 January 2019

Development: On 5 January the newly elected president of Venezuela’s national assembly (AN), Juan Guaidó, said that if President Nicolás Maduro swears-in for a new six-year presidential term on 10 January he will be “usurping the presidency”.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 4 January 2019

Development: On 3 January thousands of people took part in protest marches in cities across Peru demanding the resignation of Attorney General Pedro Chávarry.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 3 January 2019

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Development: On 2 January Venezuela’s foreign ministry issued a statement denouncing the “brazen” meddling by the US government in Venezuelan internal affairs and accused it of pressuring its regional neighbours to act against the government led by President Nicolás Maduro.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 2 January 2019

Development: On 1 January Peru’s President Martín Vizcarra called on congress to urgently declare a state of emergency in the national judiciary thus allowing his administration to intervene.