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LatinNews Regional Monitor: Brazil & Southern Cone - 24 January 2020

The escape in the early hours of 19 January of 75 inmates from a Paraguayan prison, reportedly through a 15-metre tunnel dug in a bathroom in the middle of the prison compound, sounds like the plotline for a film script.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Brazil & Southern Cone - 23 January 2020

On 22 January Argentina’s Buenos Aires provincial government announced that it was extending the deadline for holders of its BP21 bond to accept an extension of the bond’s maturity until 31 January.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Brazil & Southern Cone - 22 January 2020

On 21 January, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro announced the creation of a ‘council of the Amazon’ which will be responsible for coordinating actions on the protection and sustainable development of Brazil’s Amazon region.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Brazil & Southern Cone - 21 January 2020

On 20 January, at least 26 prisoners escaped from the 'Francisco d’Oliveira Conde' prison in Rio Branco, the state capital of Acre in Brazil’s northern region.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Brazil & Southern Cone - 20 January 2020

* Brazil’s secretary-general to the presidency, Jorge de Oliveira Francisco, has announced that President Jair Bolsonaro has sanctioned the 2020 national budget which was approved by congress last December.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Brazil & Southern Cone - 17 January 2020

On 16 January the Federação Nacional de Jornalistas (Fenaj), an umbrella organisation for press unions in Brazil, reported that attacks against journalists and the press increased by 54% in 2019.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Brazil & Southern Cone - 16 January 2020

On 15 January, sources within the Brazilian foreign ministry (Itamaraty) confirmed to the press that Brazil had formalised the suspension of its activities in the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (Celac) regional forum.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Brazil & Southern Cone - 15 January 2020

On 14 January, international NGO Human Rights Watch (HRW) released its annual review of human rights around the globe, ‘World Report 2020’, in which it denounces the “anti-rights agenda” embraced by Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro. 

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Brazil & Southern Cone - 14 January 2020

On 13 January Bruno Covas, the mayor of the Brazilian city of São Paulo, sanctioned a law that bans single-use plastic products in commercial establishments.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Brazil & Southern Cone - 13 January 2020

On 10 January authorities in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro state reported that four people had been killed during a police operation in Rio de Janeiro city.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Brazil & Southern Cone - 10 January 2020

On 9 January, Brazil’s national judiciary council (CNJ), the body that oversees the functioning of the judiciary, announced that it was extending by 60 days the work of the commission tasked with regulating the work of ‘judges of guarantees’ in the country.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Brazil & Southern Cone - 9 January 2020

On 8 January, Brazil’s national institute for space research, the Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais (Inpe), released annual data on wildfires which show that fires in the Amazon increased by 30% in 2019 compared with 2018.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Brazil & Southern Cone - 8 January 2020

On 7 January, around 500 people took part in a protest against the rise of public transport fares in the Brazilian city of São Paulo, organised by the Movimento Passe Livre (MPL) social movement that advocates for free public transport.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Brazil & Southern Cone - 7 January 2020

On 6 January, the Brazilian press association, Associação Brasileira de Imprensa (ABI),  released a note signed by its president, Paulo Jerônimo de Sousa, in which it rejected recent declarations by President Jair Bolsonaro attacking journalists.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Brazil & Southern Cone - 6 January 2020

On 3 January, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro said that he hoped none of the economic measures being taken by President Alberto Fernández’s new government in Argentina will affect Brazil.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Brazil & Southern Cone - 3 January 2020

On 2 January, Venezuela’s attorney general Tarek William Saab addressed a letter to Brazil’s attorney general Augusto Aras, requesting the extradition of five members of the Venezuelan armed forces (FANB) who fled to Brazil after supposedly being involved in an attack on a Venezuelan military base earlier in December 2019.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Brazil & Southern Cone - 02 January 2020

On 31 December 2019 Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro published a series of tweets defending the benefits of regularising wildcat mining on protected indigenous territories.