Reuters/Jorge Cabrera photo at Committee to Protect Journalists. Caption: “Soldiers wearing face masks are seen in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, on March 17, 2020. The Honduran government recently declared a state of emergency over the COVID-19 outbreak, and suspended the right to free expression.”

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March 20, 2020

Brazil

Huge pot-banging protests show how vulnerable Brazil’s president is amid the coronavirus outbreak. Coming days will be critical

While many countries around Latin America and the world have quarantined millions, canceled international flights and shut down schools, Brazil has done none of these things

Bolsonaro’s influential politician son Eduardo – who many regard as Brazil’s de facto foreign minister and has close ties to Steve Bannon – enraged Beijing with an incendiary tweet about its role in the pandemic

Favelas have high population densities, houses in very close proximity to one another, and structural limitations to guaranteeing adequate isolation in case of contamination by the virus

Colombia

Además, el informe de la Coordinación de Asuntos Humanitarios asegura que 3.437 personas fueron confinadas por el conflicto en los dos primeros meses del año

Hay cultivos de coca, sí, pero no son la regla en las miles de hectáreas taladas que vio La Silla Vacía en un sobrevuelo

Luz Marina Monzón, directora de la Unidad de Búsqueda de Desaparecidos, explica que el trabajo de la entidad

Hacia las 2:30 de la tarde de este jueves, tres hombres armados y vestidos de civil entraron al encuentro, se lo llevaron y lo asesinaron

Comunidades dicen que sin las matas se quedarían sin sustento. Ministerio de Defensa dice que está adoptando todos los protocolos sanitarios

Let’s us take advantage of COVID – 19 to think about the life of each one of you, in the life of each of us, in the life of the country, assume the reflection in your crews, fronts, brigades, battalions, commanders

Guatemala

The government’s insistence on approving this law, despite criticism, shows a serious attempt to attack and undermine civil society

Flights deporting people of other nationalities will remain suspended, Guatemala’s foreign ministry and migration institute said

Honduras

Over the last decade, Honduras has seen a proliferation of laboratories capable of transforming coca leaf into cocaine hydrochloride. This means that Honduras, once only a transit point for drugs, is becoming a cocaine producer

Honduras’ law on freedom of expression, which operates under Article 72, protects journalists’ right to work without “any persecution,” even under martial law

Mexico

Almost one in three attacks since 2012 targeted defenders opposing energy projects, especially wind and hydroelectric power, according to the Mexican Centre for Environmental Rights

Sinaloa cartel operatives in Mexico told VICE this week that importing the chemical precursors they need to make methamphetamine and illicit fentanyl has become harder and more complicated

Descartó que esto implique la participación castrense en la instauración de un estado de sitio o toque de queda, medidas canceladas en México

Los comerciantes están preocupados por la reestricción por el coronavirus, pues deben trabajar diario para tener dinero, pues viven al día

En el centro de adiestramiento especializado de la policía militar, en el campo militar número 37-C, hubo 5 mil 400 asistentes, entre 2 mil 740 egresados, familiares –2 mil de ellos en las gradas–, invitados especiales y prensa

Guatemala, Mexico

Cese de las detenciones por razones migratoria, liberacion de todas las personas detenidas en Estaciones Migratorias y Estancias Provisionales y proteccion de personas en situacion de calle

Mexico, U.S.-Mexico Border

Ebrard, reacting to reports that the U.S. planned to send people from elsewhere into his country, including asylum seekers, said Mexico would only accept the return of migrants from his country and Central America

Peru

Creo que no exagero en decir que el Perú ha sido el país que más rápido ha reaccionado ante la pandemia en el mundo

U.S.-Mexico Border

Turning back men, women and children seeking refuge is not in accordance with public health guidance and will only endanger more lives and will make all of us less safe

CBP and ICE are law enforcement—not humanitarian—agencies. They lack the institutional orientation necessary for providing long-term, adequate medical care to the adults and families in their custody

Hundreds of families are waiting in line for up to four months to present their claims before U.S. asylum officials in Nogales, Arizona

Venezuela

The hardliners have a problem. There is no evidence that sanctions alone will get rid of Mr Maduro. That means having to deal with him, one way or another