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LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 23 April 2019

On 22 March, the presidents of Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Brazil, Ecuador, Paraguay, and Peru, along with Guyana’s ambassador to Chile, met in Chile to inaugurate a new regional bloc, the Foro para el Progreso y Desarrollo de América Latina (Prosur).

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

From LatinNews Daily
- Colombia’s Duque challenged by ELN
- In brief: Bolivia
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

From LatinNews Daily
- Venezuela complains of US meddling
- In brief: Peru
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.