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LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 20 May 2020

On 19 May Honduras’s penitentiary service (INP) declared a state of emergency in the El Porvenir maximum security prison, Francisco Morazán department.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 19 May 2020

On 18 May the Central American council of ministers for economic integration (Comieco) urged Costa Rica to suspend measures adopted on 15 May, which restrict the entry of foreign cargo trucks into the country as part of efforts to stop the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 18 May 2020

On 17 May El Salvador’s attorney general’s office (AG) filed an appeal before the supreme court’s constitutional chamber (SC) against an executive decree (18) announced by President Nayib Bukele the previous day, which extended the country’s state of emergency for a further 30 days.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 15 May 2020

President Juan Orlando Hernández is once again on the defensive after being implicated in drug-related allegations which emerged in charges announced by the US Department of Justice (DoJ) against Juan Carlos ‘El Tigre’ Bonilla, a former national police (PN) chief (2012-2013).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 14 May 2020

On 13 May local and regional private sector lobbies offered strong support for El Salvador’s leading business lobby, Asociación Nacional de la Empresa Privada (Anep), after President Nayib Bukele accused it of “sabotaging” government efforts to address the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 13 May 2020

On 12 May frontline doctors at the Parque de la Industria, a temporary hospital in Guatemala City set up to treat patients with coronavirus (Covid-19), complained of a lack of payment and of personal protective equipment (PPE).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 12 May 2020

On 11 May Unidad Nacional Azul y Blanco (Unab), an opposition grouping of over 40 political and social organisations, reiterated demands for “truthful information” from the government led by President Daniel Ortega regarding the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic in Nicaragua.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 11 May 2020

On 10 May Guatemala’s President Alejandro Giammattei warned of sanctions for shopping centres which failed to enforce social distancing measures, while markets which similarly failed to make these rules observed would be suspended.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 06 May 2020

On 5 May Costa Rica’s influential private sector lobby, Unión Costarricense de Cámaras y Asociaciones del Sector Empresarial Privado (UCCAEP), put forward various recommendations aimed at reactivating the private sector.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 05 May 2020

On 4 May the European Council (EC) announced it was sanctioning two advisors to Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega and four senior police (PNN) officials, including the director Francisco Díaz, for “serious human rights violations”.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 04 May 2020

On 2 May press freedom watchdogs the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Article 19 Mexico and Central America Office, and human rights NGO Amnesty International (AI) urged Cuba’s President Miguel Díaz-Canel to take “immediate measures to guarantee press freedom”.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 01 May 2020

On 30 April Cuba’s foreign minister, Bruno Rodríguez, voiced “Cuba’s strongest protest” and summoned the top US official in Cuba, Chargé d’affaires Mara Tekach, to discuss a shooting which took place outside the Cuban embassy in Washington DC.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 30 April 2020

On 29 April protesters blocked various points in Panama City and other parts of the country, complaining that they had not received aid and food promised by the government led by President Laurentino Cortizo.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 29 April 2020

On 28 April Nicaragua’s Vice President and First Lady Rosario Murillo announced that the government is going to promote social distancing, as well as the use of face masks, to contain the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 28 April 2020

On 27 April El Salvador’s authorities implemented more stringent measures in the country’s high security prisons.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 27 April 2020

On 26 April Panama’s attorney general’s office (AG) announced an investigation into the acquisition process undertaken by the legislature for 7,000 facemasks.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 24 April 2020

On 23 April the Nicaraguan medical association (ANM) issued a statement urging the health ministry to guarantee the protection of doctors and healthcare professionals faced with the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, and criticised the lack of clarity surrounding official information.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 23 April 2020

On 22 April El Salvador’s attorney general (AG) Raúl Melara confirmed that defence and health ministers, René Merino Monroy and Francisco Alabí respectively, had been called to give evidence in relation to an investigation launched into President Nayib Bukele’s decision to cordon off the town of La Libertad, La Libertad department, for 48 hours.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 22 April 2020

From LatinNews Daily
- In brief: BCIE approves new loan for Honduras
* The Central American bank for economic integration (BCIE) has approved a credit line of US$200m to strengthen the capacity of Honduras’s central bank (BCH) to respond to the economic impact of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 21 April 2020

On 20 April Guatemala’s human rights ombudsman (PDDH), Jordán Rodas, called on President Alejandro Giammattei to fire his health minister, Hugo Monroy.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 20 April 2020

On 17 April Jamaica’s national media reported that Winston De La Haye, former chief medical officer and a member of the opposition People’s National Party (PNP), urged the government led by Prime Minister Andrew Holness to implement a national lockdown.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 17 April 2020

On 16 April El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele reiterated that he will not obey a recent ruling issued by the supreme court (CSJ)’s constitutional chamber (SC).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 16 April 2020

On 15 April Honduras’s attorney general’s office (AG) announced an investigation into government procurements undertaken to address the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 15 April 2020

On 14 April Carissa Etienne, the director of the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO), urged Latin American countries to carry out more testing for coronavirus (Covid-19).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 14 April 2020

On 13 April the Dominican Republic's electoral council (JCE) announced it was postponing the 17 May presidential and legislative elections until 5 July.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 09 April 2020

On 8 April Irfaan Ali, the presidential candidate for the opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C), slammed a proposal by Guyana’s chief electoral officer (CEO), Keith Lowenfield, that the recount from the 2 March general election would take 156 days.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 08 April 2020

On 7 April El Salvador’s human rights ombudsman (PDDH), José Apolonio Tobar, called on the national police (PNC) and the armed forces (FFAA) to refrain from making arbitrary arrests, which are a breach of human rights.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 07 April 2020

On 6 April the Panamanian government led by President Laurentino Cortizo announced the closure of the Cobre Panama mine, the country’s biggest mine.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 06 April 2020

On 3 April Guyana’s electoral commission (Gecom) confirmed its decision to go ahead with a national recount of all votes cast in the 2 March general election.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 03 April 2020

On 2 April El Salvador’s human rights ombudsman (PDDH) José Apolonio Tobar warned that the military and police had destroyed journalists’ “informative material” and forced them to delete videos and photographs.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 02 April 2020

On 1 April Costa Rica’s President Carlos Alvarado expressed concern about the measures taken by neighbouring Nicaragua to stop the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 01 April 2020

On 31 March Guyana’s supreme court ruled that it did not have the jurisdiction to rule on an injunction against the country’s electoral commission (Gecom) which had prevented it from carrying out a national recount of the votes cast in the 2 March general election.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 31 March 2020

On 30 March Honduras’ President Juan Orlando Hernández announced new measures for micro, small, and medium-sized firms (MSMEs) in response to the stringent steps taken with the aim of containing the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19), which include the shutdown of all non-essential business activity.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 30 March 2020

On 27 March Cuba’s economy minister, Alejandro Gil, said that agricultural production would be a priority as part of efforts by the government led by President Miguel Díaz-Canel to address the economic fallout of coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 27 March 2020

On 26 March El Salvador’s legislature authorised the government led by President Nayib Bukele to issue debt of up to US$2bn to address the impact of coronavirus (Covid-19).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 26 March 2020

On 25 March the World Bank (WB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) issued a joint statement calling on all official bilateral creditors to suspend debt payments from the world’s 76 poorest countries, to redirect funds towards addressing the economic fallout from the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 25 March 2020

On 24 March public transport drivers staged protests in Honduras’ capital, Tegucigalpa, in demand of food and money to cover basic expenses.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 24 March 2020

As of today (24 March) tourists will no longer be permitted to enter Cuba, as per new regulations announced by the government led by President Miguel Díaz-Canel.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 23 March 2020

On 22 March Nicaragua’s influential private sector lobby, Cosep, urged the government led by President Daniel Ortega to adopt tougher measures to address the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 20 March 2020

On 19 March Haiti’s President Jovenel Moïse confirmed the first two cases of the coronavirus (Covid-19) in the country.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 19 March 2020

On 18 March Panama’s President Laurentino Cortizo declared a national curfew between 9:00pm and 5:00am, effective immediately with limited exemptions, after coronavirus (Covid-19) cases in the country surged from 86 to 109.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 18 March 2020

On 17 March Honduras’s President Juan Orlando Hernández announced four financial measures to address the impact of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 17 March 2020

On 16 March Guyana’s electoral commission (Gecom) announced that it had completed “all the preparatory arrangements” for the start of the national recount of votes from the 2 March general election.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 16 March 2020

On 14 March El Salvador’s 84-member unicameral national legislature declared a state of emergency to prevent the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 13 March 2020

On 12 March Cuba’s public health ministry (Minsap) reported the first case of a local resident that had become infected with coronavirus (Covid-19).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 12 March 2020

On 11 March Guyana’s Acting Chief Justice Roxane George-Wiltshire ruled that the partial results of the 2 March general election are null and void and ordered the Guyana Electoral Commission (Gecom) to carry out a recount of the votes cast in the Region Four electoral district.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 11 March 2020

On 10 March Haiti’s Prime Minister Joseph Jouthe announced that the government has decided to allow members of the national police (PNd’H) to form a union.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 10 March 2020

On 9 March the local press reported that members of the Haiti’s national police (PNd’H) staged violent demonstrations in the capital, Port-au-Prince, demanding the right to unionise.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 09 March 2020

On 8 March Guyana’s Supreme Court upheld an injunction blocking the elections commission (Gecom) from releasing the full results of the 2 March general election and proclaiming a winner until the allegations of irregularities in the process are reviewed by the court.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 06 March 2020

On 5 March the US embassy in Guyana, the British High Commissioner, the Canadian High Commissioner, and ambassador of the European Union (EU) issued a joint statement questioning the credibility of results published by Guyana’s electoral commission, from Region 4, the country’s most populous electoral district.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 05 March 2020

On 4 March Costa Rica’s minister for the presidency, Víctor Morales Mora, resigned.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 04 March 2020

On 3 March US prosecutors said that Honduras’s President Juan Orlando Hernández took a US$25,000 bribe in 2013 – the year he was first elected - from Geovanny Daniel Fuentes Ramires, an alleged cocaine trafficker.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 03 March 2020

On 2 March Haiti’s President Jovenel Moïse named Joseph Jouthe, who currently heads the economy & finance and environment ministries, as his new prime minister.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 02 March 2020

On 28 February El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele vetoed a new bill on transitional justice, reparations and national reconciliation relating to the country’s civil war (1980-1992).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 28 February 2020

On 27 February the local media cited United Nations resident coordinator in Guyana, Mikiko Tanaka, as underlining the need for political parties to accept the results of the 2 March general elections.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 27 February 2020

On 26 February El Salvador’s 84-member unicameral national legislature approved a new bill on transitional justice, reparations and national reconciliation relating to the country’s civil war (1980-1992).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 26 February 2020

On 25 February Costa Rica’s President Carlos Alvarado posted a tweet condemning the murder the previous day of an indigenous Brörán leader, Yeri Rivera, in the Térraba indigenous territory, Puntarenas province.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 25 February 2020

On 24 February hundreds of protesters staged demonstrations in the capital of the Dominican Republic (DR), Santo Domingo.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 24 February 2020

On 23 February Haiti’s local media reported that two people had been killed, a member of the national police (PNd’H) and a soldier, after the PNd’H exchanged fire with the military (FAd’H) in front of the national palace in the capital, Port-au-Prince.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 21 February 2020

The Costa Rican government led by President Carlos Alvarado last week revealed a comprehensive plan aimed at tackling the country’s rising fiscal deficit.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 20 February 2020

On 19 February members of Haiti’s national police force (PNd’H) led hundreds of supporters in protests in the capital, Port-au-Prince, burning carnival floats, tyres and vehicles, and setting fire to the offices of Samuel Madistin, a lawyer and adviser to President Jovenel Moïse.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 19 February 2020

On 18 February hundreds of protesters gathered outside the offices of the Dominican Republic’s (DR) central electoral board (JCE) in the capital, Santo Domingo, demanding explanations for its decision to suspend the 16 February municipal elections.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 18 February 2020

On 17 February Guatemala’s congress president Allan Rodríguez, a member of the ruling Vamos party, said he would not permit “any kind of interference” or “pressure or recommendations” in relation to recently approved reforms to the law on NGOs.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 17 February 2020

* Costa Rica’s public security minister, Michael Soto, has announced the country’s biggest ever cocaine seizure, totalling over five tonnes (t).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 14 February 2020

The image of heavily armed soldiers stationed inside and outside El Salvador’s legislative assembly on 9 February had a chilling effect on democrats across the region and beyond.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 13 February 2020

On 12 February El Salvador’s attorney general’s office (AG) announced investigations into the recent deployment of the military and police to the national congress, adding that legal action would be taken against those deemed responsible.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 12 February 2020

On 11 February Honduras’s attorney general’s office (AG) announced the arrest of the general commissioner of the national police (PN) Leonel Luciano Sauceda Guifarro and his wife Patricia Sbeltlana Estrada Pacheco on money laundering charges.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 11 February 2020

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

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 10 February 2020

On 9 February El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele and a group of armed soldiers and officers from the national police (PNC) briefly occupied the country’s 84-member unicameral national legislature.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 07 February 2020

On 6 February Arístides Valencia, a former interior minister (2014-2019) under the previous opposition Frente Farabundo Martí para la Liberación Nacional (FMLN) government, appeared in court, where he was formally charged with electoral fraud and illicit association in relation to the 2014 electoral process.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 06 February 2020

On 5 February Panama’s President Laurentino Cortizo dismissed his ministers of security and interior, Rolando Mirones and Carlos Romero respectively.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 05 February 2020

On 4 February Guatemala’s President Alejandro Giammattei named Oscar Dávila, a former deputy interior minister, as the head of the new presidential anti-corruption commission.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 04 February 2020

On 3 February Alejandra Mena, the spokesperson for Guatemala’s national migration institute (IGM), told reporters that a caravan of Honduran migrants had entered Guatemala, en route to the US.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 03 February 2020

On 2 February Costa Rica’s electoral authority (TSE) released preliminary figures from the municipal elections which took place the same day.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 31 January 2020

President Juan Orlando Hernández marked his second year in office by pledging to move forward this year with a “new electoral system”.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 30 January 2020

On 29 January Costa Rica’s finance ministry released new figures which show the country’s fiscal deficit reached 6.96% of GDP in 2019, the worst in three decades.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 29 January 2020

On 28 January Norman Quijano, a national legislator for El Salvador’s right-wing opposition Alianza Republicana Nacionalista (Arena) party, a former congress president (2018-2019) and 2014 Arena presidential candidate, reiterated that he had not negotiated with street gangs.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 28 January 2020

From LatinNews Daily
- In brief: Honduras’s trade deficit shrinks
*Honduras’s central bank (BCH) has released new figures which show that in the first 11 months of 2019, the country registered a trade deficit of US$5.4bn, US$246.8m less than the amount registered in the same period of 2018.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 27 January 2020

On 25 January Honduras’s President Juan Orlando Hernández revealed plans to progress with a “new electoral system” this year, ahead of the 2021 general election.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 24 January 2020

Alejandro Giammattei and his conservative Vamos government took up the reins of power in Guatemala last week, making all-too-familiar pledges which have failed to materialise under his predecessors: to tackle poverty and food insecurity, corruption, and crime.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 23 January 2020

On 22 January a local civil-society group, Asamblea Social y Popular (ASP), questioned the state of prevention recently decreed by Guatemala’s new President Alejandro Giammattei in the two municipalities of Mixco and San Juan Sacatepéquez, both in Guatemala department.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 22 January 2020

On 21 January Honduras's President Juan Orlando Hernández tweeted that he was going to ask the 128-member unicameral national legislature to discuss and make decisions on legislative initiatives proposed by the Organization of American States (OAS)-sponsored Mission to Support the Fight against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras (Maccih) aimed at tackling corruption.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 21 January 2020

On 20 January Guatemala’s President Alejandro Giammattei announced that he was analysing the asylum cooperation agreement (ACA) signed with the US last year.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 20 January 2020

On 17 January the Honduran government led by President Juan Orlando Hernández announced that it had failed to reach an agreement with the Organization of American States (OAS) to renew the mandate of the OAS-sponsored Mission to Support the Fight against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras (Maccih).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 17 January 2020

On 16 January Guatemala’s new President Alejandro Giammattei announced plans to set up a new anti-corruption commission.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 16 January 2020

On 15 January Guatemala’s new President Alejandro Giammattei said Honduran migrants with identification would be allowed to enter Guatemala en route to Mexico and the US.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 15 January 2020

On 14 January Guatemala’s new president, Alejandro Giammettei, and his conservative Vamos government assumed office for a four-year term.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 14 January 2020

On 13 January Haiti’s President Jovenel Moïse announced that the terms of all 119 national deputies and two-thirds of the 30-member senate had expired.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 13 January 2020

In an interview with national daily Prensa Gráfica, published on 13 January, El Salvador's presidential commissioner Carolina Recinos said the government’s plan to revive the economy was part of a more general development strategy which began with security.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 10 January 2020

On 9 January, Gustavo Porras, a legislator for Nicaragua's ruling Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional (FSLN) and legislative president, announced plans to discuss electoral reforms this year, ahead of the 2021 general election.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 9 January 2020

In an interview with TV programme Frente a Frente, broadcast on 8 January, El Salvador’s justice & security minister Rogelio Rivas hailed a dramatic reduction in homicides.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 8 January 2020

On 7 January, Organization of American States (OAS) Secretary General Luis Almagro met Haiti’s President Jovenel Moïse in the capital Port-au-Prince where the two discussed the continued political crisis facing the country, among other topics.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 7 January 2020

On 6 January, civil-society groups called on the government led by President Juan Orlando Hernández to renew the original agreement establishing the Organization of American States (OAS)-sponsored Mission to Support the Fight against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras (Maccih).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 6 January 2020

On 5 January, Panama's leading private sector lobby, Cámara de Comercio, Industrias y Agricultura de Panamá (CCIAP), urged the new supreme court (CSJ) justices Maribel Cornejo, María Eugenia López, and Carlos Alberto Vásquez, along with new attorney general (AG) Eduardo Ulloa, to lead efforts to “rescue citizen confidence in the judiciary”.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 3 January 2020

On 2 January President Laurentino Cortizo highlighted the need to reactivate Panama’s economy as a key challenge for his Partido Revolucionario Democrático (PRD) government.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 02 January 2020

On 30 December 2019 the Nicaraguan government led by President Daniel Ortega announced the conditional release of 91 political prisoners.