Reuters photo at The New York Times. Caption: “Migrants in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, on Wednesday.”

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January 15, 2020

Western Hemisphere Regional

Two-thirds of the total killings took place in Latin America where impunity from prosecution is the norm

Some worry that the frustration and lackluster responses from government officials, paired with dimming views of democracy, may further open the door to authoritarianism

For the second year in a row, the White House is planning to obtain the majority of the funding it wants for Trump’s barrier project by defunding construction and maintenance projects on military bases at home and abroad

The chair of a House Homeland Security subcommittee reprimanded Border Patrol officials for concealing information about migrant children’s deaths. Officials did not respond to the chairwoman’s criticism

An internal review board at CBP had recommended that at least seven be terminated

Argentina

El entonces ministro de Macri, Oscar Aguad, había planteado modificar el decreto para sumar otras “amenazas” como el narcotráfico, el terrorismo, la ciberseguridad y los recursos estratégicos

Bolivia

Bolivia’s armed forces hit out at exiled former president Evo Morales on Monday after he said he would introduce armed local militias similar to those in Venezuela if he returns home

Colombia

Después de dos años la Jurisdicción Especial para la Paz avanza en siete casos priorizados y la determinación de medidas cautelares sobre desaparición forzada. Grandes retos para este 2020

According to our records, 107 activists were killed last year, and our staff in Colombia are still in the process of verifying 13 additional cases reported during 2019 which, if confirmed, would raise the annual total to 120 killings

La situación es preocupante, pues además de los 17 líderes asesinados en los primero catorce días de enero, en diciembre fueron asesinados 23

Las noticias de que supuestamente las comunicaciones de sus integrantes son el foco de intervención ilegal por parte de miembros del Ejército Nacional —como denunció la revista Semana— evidenció los temores de los magistrados

Sobre quienes habrían ordenado el ataque, ‘Iván Márquez’ y el ‘Paisa’, dijo que “da pesar que sean señores que en algún momento estuvieron con uno”

Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico

“The Mexican government told us that they won’t let it pass,” said Giammattei, “that they will do everything in their powers to stop it from passing”

As the latest caravan wends its way across Guatemala, Mexico will likely find itself under renewed pressure from the United States to strengthen its borders further and block the group’s passage

Guatemala

Two notorious cases from his tenure as Guatemala’s prison director in the mid-2000s loom over him like a shadow

One of the biggest questions is whether Guatemala will support a controversial asylum agreement it signed with the U.S. last July. So far, the new president has sent out mixed signals

Giammattei, who in the past has suggested he would seek to change the Asylum Cooperation Agreement (ACA), appeared to soften his stance on Monday

Honduras

“Refugio: en Honduras nos matan” es el lema utilizado para publicitar la marcha

Mexico

Desapariciones, ejecuciones extrajudiciales, tortura o malos tratos contra los migrantes, según Human Rights Watch

La secretaria Sánchez Cordero mencionó que habrá operativos especiales y agentes migratorios que responderán al paso de la caravana que partió de Honduras

El vehículo en el que se transportaban fue atacado a tiros por un grupo de hombres armados, lo que provocó que el conductor perdiera el control

Peru

El Tribunal Constitucional dio este martes (14.01.2020) un respaldo definitivo a la decisión del Gobierno de Perú de disolver el Parlamento, al rechazar la demanda presentada por el expresidente del Congreso

Venezuela

106 del Ejército, 62 de la Guardia Nacional, 25 de la Armada y 24 de la Aviación

Delsa Solórzano, one of the deputies in the car, tweeted that the pro-government gangs known as “colectivos” shot at them as they tried to reach the legislative palace in Caracas

As China’s economic activities have declined, Maduro and his socialist government are becoming more reliant on Russia and its oil giant Rosneft